First Aid, CPR, and AED Training

Our First Aid, CPR, and AED Trainings are:

  • Hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills is the basis of these courses.
  • Intended for individuals to use in the workplace and schools
  • Classes that meet OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs
  • Basic courses and do not meet any type of advanced or professional rescuer type of credentialing.  
  • Classes that combine lecture with interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a variety of environments.

If you are seeking certification to meet the requirements for an internship, student teaching assignment, or job, CHECK WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR TO DETERMINE THE EXACT TYPE OF CERTIFICATION YOU NEED.


Proud provider of the American Red Cross

Covid-19 Prevention & Safety Information for Class Participants

Recreation & Wellness is following the recommended guidance from the American Red Cross to ensure the safety of all class participants and instructors.

Social Distancing

  • Reduced class sizes to ensure a minimum of 6 feet between participants
  • Participants will only conduct skill assessments on manikins and themselves, and will not break out into small groups or come into contact with other participants

Manikin and AED Use and Decontamination 

  • Participant-to-manikin ratio: 1:1
  • Participant-to-AED ratio: 1:1
  • AEDs and Manikins will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use

Reducing Risk of Disease Transmission for Instructors and Participants

  • Participants should not attend class if they have a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees, have been exposed to someone with Covid-19/ Covid-19 symptoms in the previous 14 days, or if they are experiencing extreme tiredness (fatigue), chills/shakes, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, or a loss of sense of smell and/or taste.
  • Instructors and participants must wear cloth face coverings, which may include masks, during class and while in the facility. When giving rescue breaths, participants will open the airway and say "breathe" rather than administering a breathe to the manikin.  Participants will keep their face covering on throughout the course, to include the skill assessment.
  • Instructors and participants must perform hand hygiene using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  At a minimum, hand hygiene should be performed at the beginning of the class, before and after skill practice sessions, and prior to and after wearing gloves.
  • Participants are encouraged to cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) consists of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth respiration. CPR enables oxygenated blood to circulate to vital organs such as the brain and heart.

  • Adult CPR: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults.
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults and in children over the age of 1, as well as infants under the age of 1.


First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.

AED: Participants learn how to use automatic external defibrillators. 

Classes Offered

For the below classes, certification is awarded through the American Red Cross and is valid for 2 years

Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED - Blended Learning

This blended course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements.  Allow approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the online portion.  In person skill session takes approximately 90 minutes.

Cost: $110

Adult First Aid, CPR, and AED - Blended Learning

This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults and meets OSHA/workplace requirements.  Allow 2 hours to complete the online portion. In person skill session takes approximately 75 minutes.

Cost: $95

Adult CPR and AED - Blended Learning

This course will prepare you to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults and meets OSHA/workplace requirements.  Allow approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to complete the online portion.  In person skill assessment takes approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: $70

You may select either Adult CPR/AED, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, or Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED during the registration process for each of the course dates listed below.  Please read through the course descriptions carefully to ensure you are selecting the course that best meets your needs.  Regardless of the course you select, the instructor-led classroom skill session will begin at the same time.  Instruction and skill assessment will begin with Adult CPR and AED, then Adult First Aid, and lastly Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Once you have successfully passed the portion of the course that you signed up for you may leave.  The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion.

Class Schedule

More classes coming soon!

Group CPR & First Aid

Requesting a Group CPR or First Aid Class

  • Complete the GVSU Recreation & Wellness service request form and select “CPR or First Aid Class for a Group” from the “I am Requesting” section.
  • It is the responsibility of the organization to reserve space for the class. We may be able to assist you in reserving space if needed.
  • The reserved room must have an audio/video projector AND an open area for conducting first aid/CPR skill sessions.
  • Classrooms in the GVSU Fieldhouse are the preferred location, but other locations on campus (such as the larger meeting rooms in Kirkhof) may work also.
  • Class lengths are outlined in the course descriptions above. If possible, please reserve the room for 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the class to allow for room set-up.
  • If you are interested in holding an off-campus certification, provide this in the “Brief Description” section of the service request form. Additional fees may apply.

Participant Payment and Registration


The organization hosting the certification is responsible for collecting all payment and participant information. The Organization is responsible for providing Recreation & Wellness with the following:

Registration and payment are due three business days before the class is to be held. Payment can be made at the Fitness & Wellness Services located in the lower level of Recreation Center.


For student organizations or university departments who have a GVSU FOAP, payment can be made through OnBase Department Charge Requests.

For others, payment should be made in the form of cash, credit, or check (made out to GVSU) for the class. We require one total payment of all class participants. It is advised that your organization collect payment from individuals at the time of registration, and then your organization issues payment to GVSU Recreation & Wellness.


Recreation & Wellness needs a list (names and e-mails) of the people who will be taking the class. NOTE: There is a four person minimum to conduct a session. There is a 10 person maximum per session for one instructor. If you have a group of more than 10 people, we will attempt to secure another instructor if possible. Otherwise, multiple sessions would need to be conducted to accommodate more than 10 people.