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A Guide to Renewing Your CPR and First Aid Certification

February 6, 2023

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, 436,000 Americans die every year from cardiac arrest. When performed immediately, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double or triple the chance of survival when cardiac arrest occurs outside of a hospital. Those numbers alone make learning CPR an important skill for anyone and everyone to learn.

CPR and First Aid Courses

CPR saves lives, and anyone can benefit from learning it, even children. Other classes, like First Aid and Basic life support, are also extremely useful. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and even older siblings should consider taking courses to be prepared for emergency situations.

Courses that teach CPR often include AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and basic first aid training as well. Whether you are taking courses to be a good Samaritan or to fulfil requirements for a certain role, it’s ideal to get certified in multiple categories at once. This also makes the renewal process easier, as you can retake your certification courses at the same time.


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Why CPR and First Aid Renewal Matters

CPR/AED and First Aid certification is valid for two years, so people typically start the renewal process within the last month to ensure there’s no lapse in certification. Renewal is important, not just to maintain certification but also because there may be updates or changes to the standard processes and guidelines for these skills.

Apart from recertification, you may also consider refresher courses. Certification is only required every two years, but it’s common for skill retention to start declining after a few months. To keep your knowledge accurate and polished, take a refresher course or even take the recertification course more frequently than every two years.

Renewing Your CPR and First Aid Certification

Choose a Trustworthy Certification Source

The process begins with choosing a place to renew your CPR certification. For both initial certification and renewal, Specialized Health and Safety Management employs American Heart Association (AHA) training materials and certified instructors for a variety of courses. If you received your prior certification from us, we’ll contact you 6-8 weeks before its expiration date to remind you that it’s time to renew.

Choose Your Course(s)

Next, select which courses you need to take to renew your certification. At Specialized Health, we offer:

  • Adult CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Adult CPR/AED
  • Hands-only CPR/AED
  • First Aid
  • Basic life support
  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED
  • SUID/Abusive head trauma

Choose a Learning Method

For certain courses, you can also choose the learning method that is most convenient for you. Our blended learning courses have two components—an online portion and a session in an instructor-led classroom. Out of the courses listed above, the following have a blended learning option:

  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED
  • First Aid
  • Basic life support
  • Adult CPR/AED

Our hands-only CPR/AED course is classroom-based and taught by one of our AHA-certified instructors or led by a facilitator of choice. Our pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED and SUID/Abusive head trauma courses are classroom-based and offered on a set schedule.

CPR and First Aid Certification Renewal with Specialized Health and Safety

Specialized Health & Safety Management has been coordinating training sessions for over 20 years. Whether it’s just you or your whole organization that needs to be recertified, we are here to help accommodate those needs. We keep our instructors and training materials up to date with the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association, so our courses always remain accurate.

Visit our website for more information on the courses we offer and to sign up today!