American Red Cross safety certifications
The Department of Campus Recreation offers these American Red Cross safety certifications:
- Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid for the Layperson
- Lifeguard Certification and Recertification
- Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
The CPR/AED/First Aid certification offered by Campus Recreation is meant for bystanders and laypersons. It is not for healthcare providers. If you need a course for BLS/Healthcare Provider or Advanced Life Support, please contact either the university's Department of EMS Education/Center for Emergency Response Training or Simulation Program. The certification offered by Campus Recreation might not meet the requirements for students who are applying to departments in the College of Allied Health or College of Medicine.
This course has two parts: an online portion that must be done in advance followed by an in-person skills sessions. The online portion will take 2-4 hours. The in-person skills session is approximately 2 hours.
Select the date for your in-person skill session (below). Skill sessions take place in the USA Student Recreation Center's classroom at 51 Jaguar Blvd. Please make sure you wear comfortable clothing because you will be on the floor practicing the skills you have learned in the online portion.
The deadline to cancel your skills session with a full refund is 48 hours prior to the start. If you cancel fewer than 48 hours in advance, no-show, or are late to the skills session there are no refunds. Participants must be on time; no late arrivals will be permitted. The Red Cross does not allow participants to join once the review has started.
Rescheduling fees: If you cancel fewer than 48 hours in advance, no-show, or are late, you can reschedule to another session one time. The rescheduling fee for USA employees is $20. The rescheduling fee for USA students and the general public is $10.
- $50/person for USA students and the general public.
- The certification is free to all USA employees as the Department of Safety and Environmental Compliance will cover the cost.
Upcoming skill session dates: Login to the Campus Recreation Portal below to see all upcoming skill dates.
- This must be completed in advance of your skill session. Allow 2-4 hours for completion. If you are a USA student or employee, please use your USA JagMail address to create an account with the American Red Cross.
- Use this link to access the online portion: https://redcrosslearning.com/course/4e7b4fa0-48c1-11ec-8de6-71f4ba764f98
- If you have trouble with the online portion, you may need to try a different web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc). You can also call the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS.
- Show proof of completion to the instructor at the start of the skills session. You can print out the completion record, show the email confirming the completion, or login to your American Red Cross account and show the "completion" status.
The Lifeguard course provides entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies and provide care until emergency medical services arrive and take over. You must pass a pretest and be at least 15 years old to take the course.
The recertification option is for lifeguards who are currently certified.
Please see our Aquatics page for more information including course pre-requisites, dates and prices.