You finally got that job interview with that employer that you've tried for over a year to get. You have kept your composure during the interview and answered all the questions confidently and in an elegant way until the last question. You are informed that the position requires CPR certification and you are asked if you are now or can be certified before the new hire training class begins.
You're not currently certified but you plan to become certified within a week to make sure you can meet that deadline for the new hire training class for your new job .
STOP RIGHT THERE ! Here is the point under duress where many people make the wrong decisions that could cost you money, embarrassment and may even require you to take a CPR class over just because you took the wrong class that will not satisfy the company's compliance requirements.
There are 3 quick things to consider that you MUST KNOW before you choose a CPR class for a new job to prevent costly mistakes.
- Don't assume all CPR classes and certifications are the same . Show your future employer how much you care and ask her/him what specific CPR skills you will need to bring to the job to make sure you have a good understanding of the type of certification you will enroll in..
- Many employers may have a preference for one provider over another and "suggest" a specific class to enroll in. Additionally, your new employer may even pay for the class .
- Your first thought may be to take a quick "online only" course for only $19.95 and print out your card after passing a short online quiz with no "hands on" skills testing. Verify with your future employer if this would be acceptable or if you will need to attend a traditional on site training by a major provider such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association for the level of training you will be required to know.
Congratulations on getting that interview. If you need CPR certification for that position, follow the three suggestions above to show your future employer you sincerely care about their requests and intend on giving them what they are truly expecting of you.
Visit www.redcross.org, www.heart.org and keep in mind there are many very good providers around the United States that have provider license agreements with these major providers in your state that can hold different level certification classes on your work site . For example, in Oklahoma there is the SchoolOfCPR.com based in Tulsa, Oklahoma that will hold small ( from one to three students ) CPR Basic Life Skills (BLS) classes on the employers site, with only a one day notice . The SchoolOfCPR.com has a provider agreement with the American Red Cross.
You tried very hard to get that new job . Now, make sure you ask the right questions of your new employer to ensure them that they have made the right decision in hiring you and that the CPR class you choose will satisfy the company's compliance requirements and standards.
Happy Heartbeats, Friend !