First Aid, CPR, and AED

Southwest Virginia CPR is a proud provider of American Red Cross first aid (FA), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) training.

These courses meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace requirements. The course you choose may depend on where you work or your interests. Southwest Virginia CPR offers the following American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED classes:

  1. Adult FA (first aid)/CPR/AED
  2. Adult and Pediatric FA/CPR/AED
  3. Pediatric FA/CPR/AED

Do you have six or more individuals who need certification? Southwest Virginia CPR offers the opportunity for you to schedule a class just for your group!  Contact us to schedule.

Course delivery options

Certification may be achieved through two types of course delivery: blended learning or classroom.

Blended learning

Blended learning offers the opportunity for certification through a combination of online, self-study coursework and in-person class skills sessions. This means you will take the course in two parts: part one will be completing an online session (on your own time) and part two will be completing an in-person session (on a designated day and time). During the in-person skills session, an instructor will guide you and other participants through the skills learned in the online session. Blended learning is a great option if you have:

  • limited time to spare
  • a desire to learn at your own pace and on your own time
  • internet access

If you choose to seek certification through blended learning course delivery, you must have internet access and an email address. If you sign up for a class within two weeks of the scheduled in-person skills session, the instructor will email you a link with instructions on accessing the online session within one business day from receipt of payment. If you sign up for a class more than two weeks in advance of the in-person skills session, you can expect to receive the link two weeks from the date of the in-person skills session. Signing up for a blended learning class on the day the in-person session is scheduled is not recommended due to insufficient time to complete the online portion of the class.

Once you complete the online session, you will receive a certificate of completion instructing you to proceed to the in-person skills session. You must bring proof of completion of the online session to the in-person skills session or you will not be permitted to complete the course for certification. You may bring a printed certificate, show the instructor your successful completion status after logging in to the online session, or show the instructor the email you received after successful completion of the online session.

The online session, including registration, may take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours to complete depending upon your experience. The in-person skills session will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on the course you choose.


Classroom learning offers a more traditional course delivery in which participants are guided through lessons and skill sessions in a classroom by an instructor on the designated day. Classroom learning is a great option if you do not have internet access or if you just prefer to learn in a classroom setting.

The classroom course will take between 6 and 6.5 hours (with a lunch break) depending on which course you choose.

If you have questions about courses, visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page or contact us.

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