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Online vs. In-Person CPR Classes: Which is Right for You?

In today's digital age, online classes are an option in almost every field, including for learning life-saving skills like CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

With the option to take CPR classes online, you might debate whether it’s equal to traditional in-person training.

Let’s explore the benefits and limitations of online and in-person CPR training to help you select the option that’s best-suited for you.

Online Training

Online training may include comprehensive instructional videos, interactive simulations, and quizzes to reinforce the material presented. The convenience of online learning may be especially attractive to you if you’re pressed for time or lack access to a training center. However, depending on your learning style, you might prefer in-person interaction.


·  Greater flexibility with scheduling and time

·  Learn at your own pace

·  Self-directed learning

·  Opportunity to complete material on-the-go using a tablet or computer


·  No live instructor feedback

·  No contact with other students

·  May not satisfy certification requirements

·  Need for reliable internet connection

In-Person Training

In-person training offers many benefits and works best if you learn most effectively face-to-face.


·  Opportunity to ask questions to reinforce learning

·  Hands-on experience with instructor feedback

·  More likely to satisfy certification requirements

·  Live interaction with other class members


·  Class time and location may not be convenient

·  Class may require a few hours at location

Making the best choice for you

The choice between online and in-person CPR training mostly depends on your learning preferences and needs.

·  In-person training, such as that offered by the Red Cross, provides certification you may need to satisfy job requirements.

·  In-person training is your best bet if you prefer a highly-structured environment, real-time guidance and feedback, and live interaction with other students.

Whether you choose instruction or the in-person experience of traditional classes, CPR training is key to being prepared to save a life. Either option will provide you with valuable, life-saving skills.

Starting Hearts can help you with either type of learning. We offer both online and in-person Red Cross classes as well as our very own Call.Push.Shock.™ CPR certification class.

Tiffany Moss is a registered nurse and healthcare writer based in Texas