CPR Seattle FAQ

Q: Can I enroll in a CPR class on the same day the class will be taught?
A: No problem; as long as the class is still open, you can enroll and pay online. If you are having trouble enrolling online, please contact us and we can look into other arrangements.

Q: What do I need to complete before class?
A: Please read your confirmation email for information about any pre-course study. Our CPR, first aid, and BLS classes do not require any pre-course study however you should go through the attachments in your confirmation email, and if you purchased an eBook you can benfit from reading through it. For our ACLS classes, please read your confirmation email as there are quite a few items to complete before class. For our Wilderness First Aid training, please review your book if you purchased one. And for all of our classes, please arrive to class about 10 minutes early, wear comfortable clothes, and feel free to bring a snack (however we do have complimentary tea and granola bars here for you).

Q: Where are classes held?
A: Our location is 4222 Stone Way N, Seattle WA 98103. We are on the ground floor of the Howard Park building. Click here for directions.

Q: Do you teach CPR for health care providers?
A: Yes - we teach BLS for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association. This is the class that many healthcare profossionals including doctors, dentists, nurses, EMTs, firefighters, and nursing school students need. If you are unsure of which class you need, please consult with your employeer or your certification board.

Q: Do you cancel classes due to low enrollment?
A: Never! We will conduct all scheduled classes, even those with just one student attending. NOTE: Our Wilderness First Aid course and ACLS courses are exceptions to this policy. We have a minimum enrollment requirement for these classes to proceed.

Q: What does"BLS" mean?
A: Basic Life Support.

Q: What is an AED?
A: AED stands for automatic external defibrillator.

Q: Why do your classes take less time than traditional CPR?
A: We are a training center/site for some of the nations best CPR training organizations, including Medic First Aid, the American Heart Association, and the American Safety and Health Institute. This allows us to offer the best program for each particular type of training. All of the organizations we represent share the philosophy that CPR is a motor skill, not a cognitive skill. More lecture does not lead to better retention. All of our classes spend the majority of the training time with actual "hands-on" practice.

Q: How long will my certification card be valid?
A: Certification cards for all of the classes we teach are valid for two years from the issue date with the exception of the bloodborne pathogens (BBP) class. Bloodborne pathogen certification is valid for one year aftter the issue date.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Please refer to the class description page for the class that you are enrolled in for cancellation information. Most classes have a 48 hour cancellation policy, but our WFA (Wilderness First Aid) class has a 20-day cancellation policy, and our ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) class has a 7-day cancellation policy.

Q: Do you have refresher courses?
A: All our Heartsaver and BLS courses can be taken by both first time CPR students and those with previous training. Our classes are performance based - you will move through the skills at your own pace. We do offer an ACLS renewal class if you have a non-expired AHA ACLS certification card.

Q: I am interested in becoming a CPR instructor. How can I find out more information?
A: CPR Seattle currently offers instructor training for businesses and individuals. Visit our Heartsaver CPR & First Aid Instructor Training page to find out more information about teaching layrescuer CPR and first aid. Visit our BLS Instructor Training page to find out about becoming an instructor for both the AHA BLS program, and all of the AHA Heartsaver CPR and first aid programs.

Q: What training agency does CPR Seattle teach through?
A: We are a training center / site for some of the nations best CPR training organizations including Medic First Aid, the American Heart Association, and the American Safety and Health Institute. These agencies follow the same protocol as all other CPR certification agencies in the United States, set forth by ILCOR, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. All of our courses are approved by OSHA and WISHA for workplace training, as well as by many other organizations nationwide.

Q: I've seen online courses in CPR that are more convenient for me. What are the advantages of taking a course in a classroom?
A: While online courses may provide the same basic concepts as an in-class course, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a motor skill, not a cognitive skill, that requires practice and repetition in order to learn effective techniques. Also, many employers will not accept online-only training. With CPR Seattle, 90% of your class time is spent practicing on mannequins or participating in real life scenarios. Our instructors are there to help you with technique, answer any questions you might have, and most importantly, customize the class to your unique needs.

Q: Does CPR Seattle provide on-site training for the workplace?
A: Yes - we will travel to your workplace for as few as four people. Prices are substantially less (per person) for larger groups. We are happy to customize the training to you needs. Visit our workplace training page or call us for a quote at 206-504-3280.

Q: Does CPR Seattle teach the new CPR protocol?
A: Yes! In 2010 there were major changes to how CPR is taught. CPR Seattle always stays current with any new training guidelines. Revised training guidelines will be released again towards the end of 2015.