5 CPR Training Questions Answered

CPR training is a necessity for certain jobs as well as for some volunteer positions. It's also a good idea to have the training if you have children or older relatives living at home. 

1. Is Equipment Necessary?

You don't need any special equipment to complete your CPR training. You will learn how to use defibrillator paddles in the event you are ever called into action at a location that has defibrillators available onsite, but these will be provided for use in the training. All other training aids are supplied by the trainer. At most, you will only need a pen and notebook in case you wish to make notes during training. 

2. Will Mouth-to-Mouth Be Required?

Mouth-to-mouth is one of the primary components in CPR training, in conjunction with chest compressions, so you must be able and willing to complete this part of the training. Most trainers use training dummies for the mouth-to-mouth portion of the class, so there is no need to practice on a person if you prefer not to. The dummy will be cleaned and sanitized between students. 

3. Can One Re-Take the Test?

You can re-take the training test as many times as is necessary in order to achieve your certification. If you have testing anxiety, knowing that multiple opportunities to pass are allowed may offer some relief. In most cases, immediate retesting with more time and attention from the instructor is all that is necessary, but you can also opt to re-take the test at a later time if preferred. 

4. Are There Different Types of Certification?

There is only one type of CPR certification. The training covers performing CPR on an adult, child, and infant, as different techniques are necessary for each. CPR training also includes training on the use of an AED, such as defibrillator paddles. Most CPR classes also include choking rescue techniques. Depending on the training you sign up for, you may also learn basic first aid and be granted a first aid certification along with the CPR certificate.   

5. Does Certification Last Forever?

Certification does not last forever. You will need to renew the certification every two years if you need to remain certified due to a career requirement. Even if you are not in a situation that requires certification, it is still a good idea to take the refresher course every couple of years. Not only does this ensure you are still prepared to act in the event your training is needed, but it also ensures you are abreast of any new techniques that have become accepted. 

Contact a CPR training service if you have further questions.