B.F. asks from Inver Grove Heights, MN on June 25, 2007
M.K. answers from Minneapolis on June 26, 2007
You might be able to call the local police or fire department to see if you could do a class with them. My husband's a cop, so they always let me do that (not sure if they ever arrange for others).
A. answers from Minneapolis on June 26, 2007
You may want to check if they offer a "blended learning" course. This type of course allows you to complete most of the work from home on the computer. I just got certified in CPR for infant, child, and adult, along with first aid and AED. I was able to do the classroom component online from home. If you've had any experience with CPR, you'd be able to test out of units. Then, I went to one session to demonstrate skills. The session was supposed to be five hours (long day but not bad considering all the certifications). Since there were so few students in the class, we were done in a couple of hours.
This type of course is great if you don't have the time to go to multiple classes. Plus, you have the flexibility to complete most of the class according to your own schedule.
I took my class in St. Cloud. I'm guessing that location wouldn't be convenient for you, but maybe you can find a red cross location somewhere closer to you that offers this type of "blended learning" option. Even if you had to drive a little, it would be worth it just to finish everything in one short day.
L.T. answers from Minneapolis on June 26, 2007
Most of the YMCAs offer CPR and First Aid classes. You'll pay the same rate that you would pay if you took the class through the Red Cross. Community Ed might be another possibility. Good luck with your daycare plans!
S.F. answers from Minneapolis on June 25, 2007
Have you looked into community colleges? I'm not sure but I want to say that Century offers this. So, I would think Inver would too.
K.N. answers from Minneapolis on July 28, 2007
D.P. answers from Minneapolis on June 25, 2007
N.J. answers from Minneapolis on June 25, 2007
I would call your local fire department, they do the training and I have heard their cost is better than a school.