CPR & AED Awareness Week: 3 Options for Lifesaving Training

CPR & AED Awareness Week: 3 Options for Lifesaving Training

Every year since 2007, the first week in June is known as CPR and AED Awareness Week. The goal is to raise awareness of lifesaving CPR and AED usage. Knowing how to properly administer CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are two powerful tools that enable anyone to help during an emergency and give victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) a possible second chance at life.

CPR, AED and First Aid classes are available in the following formats:


Approved Training Centers and Authorized Instructors provide in-person CPR, AED and First Aid certification classes. These classes allow you to safely learn lifesaving skills in a traditional classroom setting.

CPR Training Group Class with Demo-1

Blended Learning

This hybrid approach combines online learning and in-person skills practice, delivered by an Authorized Instructor.


Online with Remote Skills Verification (RSV)

This 100% online certification provides online cognitive training and remote skills verification without leaving the comfort of your home or business. Students receive real-time feedback and guidance from an Authorized Instructor to correctly demonstrate hands-on skills.


Blended Learning vs. RSV: Which is Right for Me?

Blended Learning and RSV both offer the same online cognitive training component. With these options, you will complete the educational component of your certification online – which may save you time and money.

The real difference between Blended Learning and RSV is the delivery of the hands-on skills component of your certification.

RSV is a great option for students who prefer to remain in their home or workplace for the entirety of their certification. This could be because they don’t want to be physically present due to health concerns or because they don’t want to travel to a nearby training location.

Whatever the reason, RSV gives you the ability to complete your CPR certification under the same high-quality standards as a traditional in-person class.

Your Authorized Instructor will work with you to determine the best way to deliver your hands-on skills training equipment (e.g. manikin, AED trainer, gloves, etc.) to your home or business. And provide you with a remote skills verification time that fits your schedule.

But if you’re someone who prefers to receive feedback in-person, blended learning may be the better option for you. For instance, maybe you’ve never taken a CPR class before and want more personalized training. Blended Learning provides the best of both learning styles by providing online learning and in-person guidance.

Whether you choose in-person, Blended Learning or RSV, certification classes can be completed in a few short hours. But the skills you learn can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one or stranger in need.

Looking for CPR, AED or First Aid Training classes for your organization? Let us handle all the logistics for you with HSI's National Training Solution (NTS).

Training Centers, log in to Otis today to purchase Blended or RSV credits.

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