EMS Safety does not specify where you can hold CPR classes as long as the room is safe for students, has adequate space, and there is technology available to show the required course videos.
Set your students up for success by providing a comfortable location that allows them to concentrate on the class. CPR is a physical activity, and people may become warm while practicing chest compressions. CPR is usually practiced on the floor, so be sure to provide pads to kneel on if there is no carpeting. Ensure that all students can see and hear the video from their location.
When you first get started as an EMS Safety Instructor, you may not have a dedicated space for teaching CPR, AED and First Aid classes. Below are some examples of local and inexpensive locations to hold CPR classes.
Teach At Home
Teach from the comfort of your home. By temporarily rearranging furniture, you can use your living room to give your lecture, watch the course videos, and practice on the manikins. This option is great for family, friends and acquaintances.
Teach At Your Student’s Home
Bring the class to your student. Many students find this option much more convenient and are happy to host a small class. If you find an interested student, ask them to recruit 3-4 friends to join the class. This will make everyone more comfortable and ensure you make a profit.
Teach your customer’s employees at their facility. Just make sure they understand the need for adequate space. Make parking arrangements ahead of time. If the course is after hours or on a weekend, ensure that someone can unlock the training room for you.
Rent a Room
There are many low-cost options for renting rooms in the community. A little research can save you quite a bit of money. Visit the facility’s website, call, or stop by to learn about costs and facility requirements.
There will usually be a small fee, room reservation contract, and refundable deposit. Keep these resources in mind when searching for a meeting space:
- City facilities (e.g. libraries, senior centers, recreations centers, fire stations)
- Private meeting rooms (e.g. hotels, convention centers, country clubs, conference rooms, banquet halls)
- Local Chamber of Commerce
- Youth organizations (e.g. Boys & Girls Club)
Barter for a Room*
Remember, you can always offer to provide a free or discounted class to the facility’s employees in exchange for using their meeting space. The facility is more likely to agree if you have a positive history of renting with that facility (e.g. good interactions with their staff, leaving the room in excellent condition).
*Speak with your tax consultant about how to report bartering income.