CPR & First Aid Training

All licensed foster homes must be certified in CPR & First Aid through a nationally recognized training organization or by an equivalent trainer within their first year of licensure and every three years thereafter. Foster parents shall maintain a certificate indicating the date of training and expiration.

IFAPA’s CPR and First Aid class is designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. IFAPA’s CPR class is not a certified course, but does meet the requirements for foster care licensing. Please be aware it may not be appropriate for other licensing situations (i.e. childcare, nursing, EMT, etc.).

PLEASE NOTE: Internet training classes, including part internet/part in-person classes will NOT fulfill your CPR and First Aid training requirement.


How to Register for a CPR Class

If you would like to register for a CPR class, please use the appropriate online registration link below to register and pay for your spot in the class. Participants also have the option to register and pay via check through the mail.

CPR registrations cannot be accepted until a payment has been received. IFAPA does not take CPR & First Aid registrations via phone or email.


IFAPA's CPR & First Aid Schedule

IFAPA's CPR & First Aid Classes - worth 4 hours credit
Sat., June 17, 2017


Sat., June 17, 2017
Sat., June 24, 2017


Cost for CPR & First Aid

CLASSES ARE $40 PER PERSON if received by the due date (listed above). There is a $10 LATE FEE per person, if payment is not received by due date above.


How to Register for CPR & First Aid

To register for one of the classes listed above, please complete our REGISTRATION FORM and mail in with your payment. To pay by credit card please complete our ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

Classes are for Foster Parents Only

IFAPA's CPR and First Aid classes are for licensed foster parents only. If you are in the process of becoming licensed, you cannot take a class until you get your license, because if you do complete a CPR and First Aid training prior to receiving your license, the training credits received will not be able to count towards your renewal.

Registration Confirmation E-mails/Letters

Once we have received your registration and payment, IFAPA will send you an email confirming that you have been enrolled in the class you registered for, along with location specifics. We will NOT be able to register anyone, until payment has been received. You will also receive a reminder email the week of the training with the location details again. If we do not have your email address, a letter will be sent on the Tuesday the week of the training. If you have not received a reminder by Thursday, the week of the training, please contact the IFAPA office to make sure we have your correct contact information.

Cancelation Policy

There are NO REFUNDS due to participant cancellations or non-attendance. Participants wanting to transfer to a different course will be charged a second $40 registration fee. If the class you attempt to register for is full, cancelled due to low enrollment or cancelled due to inclement weather, IFAPA will return your payment.

CPR & First Aid Clarification from DHS

Question: When are the CPR and First Aid trainings required to be completed again?
Response: The CPR and First Aid Trainings are required to be completed during, but before the end, of every third training cycle.

CPR/First Aid Change

As of September 1, 2014 IFAPA switched from a Heartsaver CPR/First Aid course to a Friends and Family CPR course and a Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid course. What does this mean for you?

1. You learn the exact same skills. You will still learn breaths and compressions for infants and children and compression only CPR for adults. In addition, you will cover basic first aid skills for children and teens.
2. The cost and time frame of the course has not changed. The CPR/First Aid course still costs $40.00 per person and will still be worth 4 hours of foster parent training credit.
3. You will be given IFAPA’s pink training certificate at the end of the training. Your Iowa KidsNet support worker will need the certificate at the time of your license renewal.
4. The CPR course IFAPA offers is no longer a certified course. Our courses meet the requirements for foster care licensing, but may not be appropriate for other licensing situations (i.e. childcare, nursing, EMT, etc.).


Other CPR & First Aid Opportunities

Please check with your local American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Child Care Resource & Referral office, local hospital, local community college or local parks and recreation department to find a class near you. You can also check out the list of upcoming support group trainings in your area, some may offer a CPR and First Aid class.


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