Class Guide

Which class is right for me?

The CPR training industry has a jumble of multi-syllable words and acrynoms that can be very confusing.  If you are unsure about which class you should take, use our guide below.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 415-225-8586. You’re not alone.


We offer American Heart Association and American Red Cross certification classes. These two organizations’ certifications are the most widely accepted across all industries.

It’s always worth asking whomever is requiring a certification to specifically tell you the class you need and whether they require a certification from a particular organization.

For some people a certification is not necessary.  If you are a new or expecting parent or you just want a class for knowledge, take a look at our CPR Essentials Class.

If you have any questions about whether the certification we will award you fulfills your CPR, First Aid and AED requirements, just ask us.

CPR AED Certification

The following professions require a CPR AED certification:

  • Special education teacher
  • Grade School or High School teacher receiving their accreditation
  • Personal trainer

First Aid CPR AED Certification

The following professions require a First Aid CPR AED certification:

  • Construction foreman
  • Athletic coach
  • School bus driver
  • Summer camp counselor
  • Assisted living facility staff

However, some of these professions’ employers only require First Aid or just CPR AED.

Healthcare Professionals Need BLS

We offer people who work in healthcare the American Heart Association’s BLS Provider CPR course.  Their certification is the preferred one for healthcare professionals.  The certification fulfills the CPR and AED requirements for healthcare professionals.

Professions that require a BLS certification:

  • Medical Assistant, LVN, CNA, RN
  • Dentists, dental hygenists, dental assistants
  • Physical, Occupation and Respiratory Therapists
  • Medical Technicians
  • EMT, Paramedic
  • Students going into any of these professions

New and Expecting Parents

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, you are well aware that baby safety involves learning many new skills. One of those skills is CPR training for infants and children. Our CPR Essentials Class is designed for new parents who want to learn infant CPR, responding to choking and other common pediatric medical emergencies, but don’t need a CPR certification.

Licensed Daycare and Preschool Teachers

We teach the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association’s Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course for licensed daycare and preschool teachers. This certification satisfies the First Aid and CPR AED requirements of the EMSA (Emergency Medical Services Authority) for California preschool and daycare teachers.

We frequently talk with teachers who mistakenly believe an EMSA sticker has to be on their certification card. That sticker is required to be on certification cards not awarded by the AHA or Red Cross.

Adopting Parents

Most adoption agencies require a First Aid CPR AED or Pediatric First Aid CPR AED certification class.  Ask the agency if they require a specific class.  Almost all adopting agencies are fine with an American Heart Association or American Red Cross certification. But again, it never hurts to ask if your agency if they have a preference.

Custom Classes

If you do not need a certification, we can create a class that meets your needs. Let us know what you want to learn. We enjoy creating classes for groups like hikers, mountain bikers and sports teams.

Small Classes

We do many one-on-one classes and classes for two or three people.  These classes cost more per person than classes with many participants.  If you have less than four people in your group, and want to keep your costs down, consider taking a scheduled class at our Redwood City classroom.

Large Classes

We have the training equipment and instructors needed to make your large class happen!