How to Get Your BLS Certification ASAP

These days, more and more professions are requiring employees to obtain a BLS (basic life support) certification in order to qualify for the job. If you need to obtain your BLS in a hurry, there are two basic ways to do it.


1. Attend a live class. 

Live classes are offered by private companies like SureFire CPR and the courses are certified through the American Heart Association. These classes can take  about 4  hours  and generally cover:


  • Adult, child, and infant CPR 
  • Conscious and unconscious choking for victims of all ages
  • Automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Breathing barriers, bag valve masks, and 2-rescuer CPR
  • Cardiopulmonary emergencies
  • Special resuscitation situations


Before signing up for an in-person class, make sure they offer a same-day certification card.


2. Blended Learning:

Take part of the class online, and then come into a facility to perform a short skills session.

Online certification can usually be completed in 1-3 hours. This approach consists of a self-paced series of web-based learning modules which include videos and the final exam.  Once the exam is completed, you can schedule a skills session at a local training  facility. Be sure to make sure the facility offers your certification card the same day as your skills session.


Benefits of online training include:

  • Can be completed around your busy schedule
  • The skills check is fast and easy
  • No textbook required, reducing the cost of training
  • Receive your BLS card the same day as your skills check


If your current BLS certification is about to expire, you can take a renewal course to bring it up to date. These courses can be taken in-person or online, and cover the same skills as the initial training.


Obtaining a BLS certification is a good idea even for those who don’t need it for a job. You never know when the training may help save the life of someone you love.

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About the author

I spent 15 years as a firefighter and paramedic...

And too often I would arrive on the scene of someone unconscious, surrounded by a circle of people feeling helpless. Sometimes those people would even have CPR training but lacked the confidence and experience to act.

That’s why I started SureFire CPR. Our classes are practical and engaging – teaching you the crucial skills you need to know what to do and feel empowered to take action.

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