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How to Start A CPR Training Business

Updated on December 20, 2015

Are you Ready to Open Your Own CPR Training Business?

Are you looking to start your own CPR training business? It offers many advantages to those who have a passion for teaching others important life-saving skills. The startup costs can be low, with some instructor startup kits costing less than $2,500. These kits come with everything you need to get started, including equipment, supplies, training, certifications and advertising.

Opening your own CPR training business also allows you to work out of your home. While you’ll need a commercial location for the training classes, the business can easily be managed from a home office. And with the high demand for CPR and other types of first aid and lifesaving training, the return on investment can be quite good.

If you would prefer to start your business without an introductory kit, here’s what you need to do:

Obtain your required certifications

In order to teach something, you have to know what you’re doing. Running a CPR training business requires having certifications in CPR, first aid training, child and infant CPR, and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Earn your certifications in all these areas, and any other classes you may want to teach, before launching your business.

Take an instructor training course

There’s a difference between knowing how to perform CPR and how to teach it. An instructor training course, which can be taken through private companies or the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, will teach you how to train others in CPR and life-saving skills.

Get a local business license.

Contact your city county clerk’s office to obtain a business license. Students will want to know that you operate a legitimate business before signing up for your classes.

Find a suitable location.

A good CPR classroom should be well lit and have plenty of space, since people will be practicing CPR on rescue manikins. When starting out, it’s usually better to rent a classroom from a church, community center or hotel on a weekly basis. Avoid signing any long-term leases until your business is consistently doing well.

Buy insurance.

When operating a CPR training business, insurance is essential for protecting you, your business and your students. Talk to an insurance agent to find out what kind of insurance you need and how much.

Purchase training materials and equipment.

Find a reputable vendor to acquire a good supply of pocket face masks, training adapter valves, defibrillators, and other equipment you will need to teach your classes. This is one area where you don’t want to be frugal. Purchasing quality training supplies will save you time and money in the long run.

Market your business.

Potential students have to know you’re out there in order to sign up for your classes. You should start a website, advertise on the Internet, place notices on high school and community college bulletin boards and take out inexpensive ads in neighborhood newspapers. Alternative marketing methods include creating customized CPR keychains, seatbelt cutters, or first aid kits with your logo and contact information. and The options are limited only by your imagination.

Starting your own CPR training business takes a lot of work. But the rewards are well worth the effort in terms of generating a good income and knowing that you’re teaching people how to save lives. It’s an investment you’ll be glad to make.

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