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CPR /AED Certification

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CPR (Adult / Child / Infant)
Recovery Position
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For Lay Responders
Includes CPR (Adult/ Child and Infant) Training
Includes First Aid (Bleeding,Shock,Poisoning)
Universal Precautions
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For Lay Responders
Includes Bleeding, Shock, Poisoning Other
Universal Precautions
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BLS CPR & AED classes in Illinois can help you become a more capable, confident, and helpful citizen. By learning lifesaving techniques, you can provide care when needed most and save the life of an infant, child, or adult during a medical emergency, even if you are not a healthcare provider. Our CPR certification classes accessible to all Illinois residents.

Online CPR Certification in Illinois

We offer online CPR certification courses for Community, Workplace Employees, and Healthcare providers in Illinois. Thousands of institutions and organizations accept our course certification worldwide. As a result, we are trusted by thousands of healthcare professionals and public safety professionals for employment requirements.

Our Online CPR/AED/First Aid training takes only a few short hours to complete but can help you save a life when every second counts. We follow the latest American Heart Association & Emergency Cardiovascular Care/ILCOR guidelines. We are also OSHA Standard-compliant to ensure that you get a quality education. From receiving your training materials, studying the online coursework, and taking the certification exam, you can count on us. In addition, our CPR completion card is nationally accepted. You can instantly print your digital certification card from your printer after the successful completion of our CPR class.

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique used during a cardiac emergency. Cardiac arrest happens if the heart unexpectedly stops beating. Without a heartbeat, the heart cannot pump blood to the body’s major organs like the brain and liver. Blood contains oxygen, which these organs require to survive. Without oxygen, severe brain damage occurs within four minutes, and death occurs within ten minutes. CPR manually pumps oxygenated blood to the organs when the heart cannot do so due to cardiovascular complications.

What is the correct way to perform rescue breathing?

Rescuers should perform CPR as soon as possible after a victim collapses to give them the best chance of survival. Rescuers should check the victim for responsiveness and determine if they have a pulse. If there is no pulse, they should call 911 and report a cardiac arrest to the operator. Ideally, another bystander will be available to make the call so the first rescuer can begin CPR immediately.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends the following technique for performing CPR:

  • Kneel above the victim’s chest and, keeping the arms straight, place one hand on top of the other in the center of the chest.
  • Pump the victim’s chest, going down at least 2-2.4 inches with each compression. There should be 120 compressions per minute or two each second.
  • Continue compressions until emergency personnel arrives on the scene and can take over.
  • CPR certified rescuers may perform rescue breathing if the victim is not breathing normally on their own.

    Rescue breathing involves first clearing the airway by tilting the head back. Next, with their mouth over the top of the victim’s mouth, rescuers will deliver one rescue breath and observe whether the victim’s chest rises. If it rises, the rescuer may return to performing chest compressions. If the chest does not rise, give a second breath and resume chest compressions. Perform two rescue breaths following every 30 chest compressions until the victim is breathing normally or emergency medical support arrives.

How do I perform CPR if I am alone?

CPR is best carried out with two rescuers so that one person can call 911 while the other begins CPR. Two rescuers also allow chest compressions and rescue breathing to happen simultaneously, at a rate of 15 chest compressions to 2 rescue breaths. When two rescuers are present, they can switch positions between rescue breathing and performing compressions to prevent fatigue.

When an individual is an alone rescuer, they should call 911 using the speakerphone function to begin chest compressions. When alone, rescuers will follow a ratio of 30 chest compressions to 2 rescue breaths.

Illinois CPR Data

  • Illinois ranks 32nd out of 50 states for the number of cardiovascular deaths in one year.
  • In the state of Illinois, there were 254 cardiovascular deaths for every 100,000 people annually.
  • More than 350,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen in the US each year.
  • Cardiac arrest is a main cause of death in the US.
  • In Illinois, men are 49% more likely to die from a cardiac-related incident than women are.

5 Reasons Why American Training Association for CPR are the leaders in CPR/AED/First Aid Certification in Illinois:

  • Our training courses follow the latest guidelines from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), and the International Committee Responsible for Coordination of all aspects of Cardiopulmonary and Cerebral Resuscitation (ILCOR), and is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant.
  • Our certification is valid for two years from the course’s completion date. A digital certificate is ready for immediate printing, and an official CPR completion card will be mailed the following day.
  • All our CPR training certifications are nationally accepted and recognized in any state.
  • Our CPR training classes feature more than 60 minutes of training videos, which is ideal for visual learners who want to see CPR and first aid techniques in action.
  • Our online training materials are expertly written and reviewed by AHA-trained and board-certified physicians.

Earn your CPR/First Aid Certification Today

We offer a wide range of training opportunities in CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator), First Aid, and BLS (Basic Life Support). Experienced professionals teach our online courses, and we follow the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association for Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines.

Don’t put CPR and first aid training off any longer – sign up today and complete an American Training Association for CPR class today so that you can become equipped to save lives and take action in an emergency. Visit to begin an online course


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Browse through our frequently asked questions to learn more about our courses. Our support team is always standing by for further assistance and questions
Q. What do free first aid classes cover?

A free first aid class will cover basic techniques for treating burns, wounds, fractures, seizures, head injuries, choking, poisoning, and more. Free classes are an excellent way to learn general information, but they do not provide first aid certification to participants. Online classes can provide successful participants with official CPR and first aid certification for a small fee.

Q. Where can I find BLS classes near me?

Basic life support (BLS) techniques are commonly taught as part of first aid and CPR classes. First aid, BLS, and CPR courses are offered throughout locations in the main cities throughout Illinois. American Red Cross CPR classes and first aid certification are available through hospitals and community health organizations.

Online CPR and first aid courses can teach participants the same information and provide a certificate upon completing the class as an alternative to in-person courses. Online courses are a convenient option for busy professionals or individuals with schedules that cannot accommodate in-person training. They can take the course anytime as long as they have internet access. Individuals should be wary of free online CPR classes that promise certification because complimentary courses typically only give information.

Q. How long will my CPR certification be valid?

Depending on the provider, CPR and first aid certification is valid for either one or two years. Individuals should check the expiration date on their CPR card and ensure that they renew their certification within that date. Staying current with CPR and first aid certification ensures that an individual is always well-informed and ready to act in an emergency.

Q. How can I learn even more about first aid and CPR?

Individuals interested in pursuing first aid and CPR at a more advanced level may consider a first responder course, an infant CPR specialty class, or a mental health first aid class in addition to their basic knowledge.

Q. Where can I find CPR and first aid renewals near me?

The easiest way to renew a CPR card is through an online certification course. Renewals can be completed in approximately one hour and are a convenient alternative to attending an in-person workshop.

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