The most effective way to prepare for the CPR exam is to enroll in a classroom or online course through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. Both organizations offer learning materials online, and CPR training centers may provide workbooks, manuals and study aids as part of the curriculum.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, training courses range from basic hands-only sessions for the community to advanced courses created specifically for health care professionals and certification, according to the American Heart Association. The organization offers assistance in selecting the appropriate course level through the Find a Course tool located on their website. Many CPR training courses also teach additional skills such as basic life support, or BLS, and first aid. Course prices vary depending on desired certification level and training center.
In addition to offering courses, the American Heart Association and American Red Cross provides sources of information for free that may help in studying for the exam. The two organizations co-developed the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, a 312-page book designed for instructors and students, emergency medical care personnel and providers, and regulators and policy makers. This book, in its entirety, can be accessed online for free and is available to borrow in most public libraries.