How to Obtain Free First Aid Training

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How to Obtain Free First Aid Training
A free first aid class can teach basic lifesaving techniques. (old first-aid set image by Krasser from

Many people feel that basic First Aid and CPR are beneficial skills. Each year, thousands of lives are saved by people with basic First Aid knowledge. However, many people are unable to take traditional First Aid or CPR classes through the American Red Cross. Sometimes the course times are inconvenient and sometimes the cost of the class is enough to stretch a tight budget. Fortunately it is possible to learn First Aid and CPR for free.

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Things you need

  • Computer with Internet access

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  1. 1

    Navigate to This website offers free self-guided First Aid and CPR courses online.

  2. 2

    Click the link on the left that reads, "Free CPR Course." Read the information carefully and click the links at the bottom to progress through each page.

  3. 3

    Complete the final quiz and click, "Get Grade" to see your score.

  4. 4

    Click the link on the left that reads, "First Aid" and progress through that course in the same way.

  5. 5

    Order a wall certificate or wallet card that states that you have completed the online course. There is an additional charge for the certificate or card.

Tips and warnings

  • Read the information in each section carefully. If you are ever in an emergency situation you will want to be certain that you are acting correctly.
  • There are sometimes other options for free in-person First Aid Training. Some hospitals offer free infant CPR classes and county health departments may be able to direct you to other resources.
  • Some jobs may not accept an online First Aid or CPR course as a substitute for a local class. Although free online First Aid and CPR training may be convenient, there is no substitute for an American Red Cross class that will require you to demonstrate what you are learning. If at all possible you should take a class in person.

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