For over 80 years, the American Red Cross has trained millions in first aid and CPR. These first aid and CPR programs are designed to enhance understanding, confidence, retention of skills, and first aid knowledge.

The American Red Cross approach to first aid and CPR training can be tailored to the needs of specific groups and individuals.


For more information or to register for a class, contact the
Health & Safety Services Department of the Sangamon Valley Chapter
at (217) 522-3357

Programs for the General Public
Program NameTarget AudienceContent Approx. Course HoursPossible Delivery Locations
Adult CPREmployees, members of the community, civic organizationsRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults; heart disease prevention4 HoursWorkplace, community facilities, Red Cross units
Infant and Child CPREmployees, members of the community, civic organizations, child care workers, parentsRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and children; injury prevention5 HoursWorkplace, community facilities, Red Cross units, child care centers
Community CPREmployees, members of the community, organizationsRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, infants, and children; heart disease prevention; injury prevention6.5 HoursWorkplace, community facilities, Red Cross units
'Til Help ArrivesMembers of the community, senior citizens, PTAs, youth groups, people who do not want a formal courseRecognizing an emergency; how and when to activate the EMS system; what to do until help arrives.1/2 - 3 HoursCommunity facilities, Red Cross units, schools, workplaces, senior centers
Standard First AidEmployees, members of the communityRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults (infants, and children, optional) identifying and caring for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, and injuries6.5 HoursWorkplace, Red Cross units, schools, workplaces, senior centers
Community First Aid and SafetyMembers of the community, family membersRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, infants, and children; identifying and caring for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, and injuries9 HoursCommunity facilities, Rec Cross units, churches, schools
First Aid--Responding to EmergenciesHigh school, college and university students; members of the communityRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, infants, and children; identifying and caring for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, and injuries; healthy lifestyles and prevention24 HoursHigh schools, colleges, universities, Red Cross units


Children's Programs

Program NameTarget AudienceContent Approx. Course HoursPossible Delivery Locations
First Aid for Children TodayChildren 5-8 years old, grades K-3, children's groupsBasic first aid skills;healthy lifestyles;injury prevention awareness10-14 Hrs.Kindergartens, elementary schools, Red Cross units, child care centers, recreation centers
Basic Aid TrainingChildren 8-12 years old, grades 4-6, youth groupsBasic first aid skills;information on injury prevention and health6-12 Hrs.Elementary schools, Red Cross units, recreation centers.

Programs for People With a Duty To Act
Program NameTarget AudienceContent Approx. Course HoursPossible Delivery Locations
CPR for the Professional RescuerPublic safety personnel, athletic trainers, lifeguards, emergency response team members, first aid station members, training academy participants, health care professionalsRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies; two rescuer CPR; use of resuscitation mask and bag-valve mask9 HoursTraining academies, colleges, universities, Red Cross units
Emergency ResponsePublic safety personnel, athletic trainers, emergency response team members, first aid station members, training academy participantsRecognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies; injuries and sudden illness; preventing disease transmission and automated external defibrillation43.5 Hours Training academies, colleges, universities, Red Cross units
Oxygen AdministrationPublic safety personnel, athletic trainers, emergency response team members, first aid station members, training academy participantsUsing resuscitation devices; when and how to administer supplemental oxygen2 HoursWorkplace, training academies, colleges, universities, Red Cross units
Preventing Disease TransmissionEmployees who may come in contact with infectious materials as part of their job (i.e. first aid providers, EMT's, paramedics, fire fighters, health care workers)Transmission of diseases; employer's exposure control plan; emergency and follow-up procedures; preventing disease transmission2 HoursWorkplace, Red Cross units, health care facilities


First Aid & CPR Course Schedule

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