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Red Cross Offers Continuing Education Credits

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By Maya Chawla

Friday, November 14, 2008 — After completing an extensive application process, the American Red Cross has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Now, a variety of American Red Cross courses offered in Disaster Services, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services and International Services have been approved for continuing education credits.


This move is in an effort to help those in various professions that need continuing education units to maintain licensure or certification including, but not limited to, nurses, social workers, recreation professionals, teachers and day care providers. The ability to allow Red Cross course takers to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) for professional development differentiates the Red Cross from other training providers.

“It was important to get these courses accredited for those professionals needing CEUs,” said Scott Conner, Senior Vice President, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “Across all lines of service, the American Red Cross prides itself on educating the public about many issues and it’s certainly an added value to receive CEUs for taking our training courses.”

The following courses, among many others, are eligible as continuing education credits:
Disaster Services

  • Psychological First Aid
  • Foundations of Disaster Mental Health
  • Staff Health: Working on Disaster Relief Operations

Preparedness and Health and Safety Services

  • First Aid and CPR/AED
  • Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches

International Services

  • Humanity in the Midst of War: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
  • Restoring Family Links

These classes are offered at local chapters of the American Red Cross.  Once training has been completed, continuing education units may be obtained online at www.redcross.org/store.  Class participants should verify with their appropriate accrediting organization that CEUs received from taking Red Cross courses will be accepted.

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