Take an online Basic Life Support course at AmericanBLS.com or NationalCPRFoundation.com. These courses are free, and you can purchase a certification card after successful course completion if desired. The cost for the certification card is about $20 at each of these websites, as of January 2016.
The CPR/BLS course at AmericanBLS.com teaches people to provide basic life support to adults, children and infants. Course topics include the CPR process, responding to someone who's choking, the recovery position, automated external defibrillator usage and recent changes in life support guidelines. The course uses text, pictures and videos, and take about 30 minutes to complete. After completing the course, you can take a quiz, and if you pass the quiz, you can buy a certification card. This website also features free online first aid courses, bloodborne pathogens courses and Spanish-language CPR/BLS courses.
The course at NationalCPRFoundation.com teaches health care professionals to provide basic life support to adults, children and infants. Course topics include automated external defibrillator usage, basic first aid, and bloodborne and other pathogens. This website allows you to skip the course and take the exam, if desired. This course takes about 30 minutes to complete and allows unlimited exam attempts. If you pass the exam and pay a fee, you receive a temporary printable certification card, and a PVC/vinyl card is mailed to you.