The YMCA offers free babysitting courses year-round for youth members 12 to 17 years old. Free babysitting courses are also available online. The Safesitter website has free information regarding childcare and management.
The American Red Cross offers an online babysitter's training course that typically takes four hours to complete. The course costs $25 as of August 2014. The Red Cross also offers a classroom course that requires physical attendance. This course typically takes about six hours to complete and includes hands-on training along with additional training for first aid. Some local colleges or high schools may also host babysitters' training courses for a minimal fee.