39 Authentic Online CPR Class Reviews

39 Authentic Online CPR Class Reviews

Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year, and approximately 350,000 of these people die before ever reaching a hospital. CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival.  For this reason, many employers, schools and organizations require CPR certification.  Luckily, there are many reputable options for taking CPR classes online and obtaining a standard two-year online CPR certification.  

I first became interested in finding an online CPR provider when my friend's daughter, a nursing student, was required to complete CPR for school while studying abroad.  Certainly she could have found a CPR class in Hong Kong, but was more comfortable getting certified online.  My friend and I decided to take on the mission of finding the best CPR class online.  We posted in many online groups and received reviews on dozens of websites.  Of the dozens of websites, we narrowed it down to the most popular.

The online CPR courses we reviewed were based on the following factors:  
  • accessibility
  • ease of use
  • quality of training material
  • customer service
  • validity of certification
  • acceptance rate of certification

National CPR Foundation  - 3.5 of 5.0

The first website we will discuss is https://nationalcprfoundation.com.  The overall star rating is 3.5.  

Accessibility                          4.5 of 5.0
Ease of Use                          4.0 of 5.0
Quality of Training Material   4.5 of 5.0
Customer Service                 3.5 of 5.0
Validity of Certification          4.5 of 5.0
Acceptance of Certification   2.5 of 5.0
Affordability                             4.0 of 4.0

Many of the reviews we received for National CPR Foundation were favorable.  The site boasts that they "strictly adhere to OSHA standards."  Interestingly, it is absolutely free to take the course so there isn't much to lose.  Once you have completed the online CPR class, there is an option to pay for the certificate at the end.  Certificates are good for two years.  The specific course offerings include: Standard CPR/AED ($18.95), Standard First Aid ($18.95), CPR/AED/First Aid ($20.95), Bloodborne Pathogens ($18.95), Healthcare CPR/AED ($19.95) and Basic Life Support ($24.95). 

Most of our reviews were for the CPR/AED/First Aid course.  Out of twelve people who took the course, eleven said their certificates were accepted and all twelve believed the certificates were valid.  The other eight people who reviewed this site said that they took either Healthcare CPR/AED or Basic Life Support.  Seven of these eight people reported that their certificates were not accepted, although six believed their certificates were valid.  All 20 people said that the site was not the easiest to navigate, but that the material was easily accessible.  As for ease of use, 13 of 20 people said it was user-friendly.  Seven people said the site was difficult to use or incompatible with their device.  The quality of the training was said by most to be in line with what they expected, although most of the training involved links to youtube videos and was not interactive.  Customer service was lacking.  We tried to contact National CPR Foundation multiple times.  2 of the 5 times we reached out to them, we heard nothing back.  The other 3 times took over 48 hours. 

American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc. - 3.0 of 5.0

The first website we will discuss is https://www.onlinecprcertification.net/.  The overall star rating is 3.0.
Accessibility                          3.0 of 5.0
Ease of Use                          3.0 of 5.0
Quality of Training Material   4.5 of 5.0
Customer Service                 4.0 of 5.0
Validity of Certification          2.0 of 5.0
Acceptance of Certification   2.5 of 5.0
Affordability                              5.0 of 5.0

We received 15 reviews for American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc.  The website is chaotic, and says that, "all of our courses were developed by a team of authorized U.S. board certified and licensed medical doctors."  Overkill.  There are also multiple grammatical errors on the site.  IJS. Our favorite part is where they quote Wikipedia.  

Courses are $14.99 each and include Healthcare Provider CPR, BLS CPR Course, First Aid Course, Bloodborne Pathogens and Adult CPR.  There is also a discount for multiple classes, which is nice.  

Our 15 reviews all agreed that the training material was accessible on laptops but was problematic on tablets or smartphones.  It was not as user friendly as one would hope, and all 15 of our reviewers said that they had trouble at some point in the training with understanding what the next step would be.  The quality of training material was up to par, standard CPR (30 chest compressions to 2 ventilations, etc).  Customer Service was responsive 4 out of the 5 times we contacted them, although it took over 48 hours on 3 of those contact requests.  Most of the 15 people who reviewed the course said that they did not believe their certification was valid and only eight of them said their certificate was accepted. 

It is important to note that the eight people who said their certificates were accepted were all taking Adult CPR.  The seven who said it was not accepted took either Bloodborn Pathogens, BLS CPR Course or Healthcare Provider CPR.  

National Safety Academy         4.5 out of 5.0

We reviewed National Safety Academy whose website is https://courses.educationonline.school/collections/safety-courses?q=.

Accessibility                          5.0 of 5.0
Ease of Use                          4.5 of 5.0
Quality of Training Material   4.0 of 5.0
Customer Service                 5.0 of 5.0
Validity of Certification          5.0 of 5.0
Acceptance of Certification   5.0 of 5.0
Affordability                           5.0 of 5.0

National Safety Academy offers two courses.  They offer Adult CPR ($9.99) and Adult/Infant Child CPR/AED/First Aid ($11.99).  These are the most affordable prices that we found for online CPR classes.  

Fourteen people reviewed National Safety Academy.  Important to note, all 14 said their certificates were valid and accepted.  Ultimately, this is what it's all about.  We were also impressed with their customer service.  We received a response 5 out of 5 times when we reached out, and every time in less than 24 hours.  

Of the 14 people who reviewed National Safety Academy, 10 took Adult/Infant/Child CPR/AED/First Aid and 4 took Adult CPR.  All 14 reported it was easily accessible, working well on any device.  It was reported easy to use until the end.  At the end, you must go back to your dashboard to separately download your certificate of completion.  The quality of the material taught 

Perhaps the high acceptance rate had to do with the fact that there is not a BLS option.  It seems Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is expected to be taken in person.  

If you have taken a CPR course online, we would love to hear about it.  Send us your reviews or comment below.  Part two will be coming soon with more online CPR class reviews!


  1. Thx. Super helpful

  2. This is a ton of information. I took an online cpr class for my work as a yoga instructor. I went thru National CPR Foundation and my certificate was not accepted so I just took a Red Cross training in person. I was glad I took it in person because I don't think online would have prepared me the same way. Thanks for gathering and sharing.


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