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American Red Cross Certifications

Registration is now open

Group Certification Program

Private group classes will be offered for most courses through RS. The minimum number of participants is six. Classes can be held at the WRC or at your location on campus. To schedule a class please call Meredith Gregg in the WRC office at (319) 273-7263.

Payments: Fees must be received prior to class to complete registration.
Refunds: To receive a refund you must drop the course at least one week prior to the course start date. Online processing fees will not be refunded. No refunds will be given within one week of the course’s start date.
Preparing for Class: Please bring paper and a writing utensil to take notes during class.
Course Books: Enrollment fees cover all book rental costs. You will have access to the online course book after completion of the course. Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses include a course book.
Class Size: The minimum enrollment size is 6 participants.
Waiting Lists:If a class becomes full, a waiting list will be available. If a student drops the class, individuals on the waiting list will be notified via email.

Graduation Requirements for Specified Majors

Leisure Youth and Human Services Majors as well as Physical Education Majors must complete
certification training before graduation in the following:

Students going into the following fields are recommended to have First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Bloodborne
Pathogens: Preventing Disease Transmission

  • Teaching
  • Youth Work
  • Elder Care
  • Nursing
  • Military Service
  • Recreation Programming
Camp Adventure Participants

Camp Adventure students must complete certification training in one of the following options:

Certification Validation Periods
All CPR/AED, Lifeguarding, and First Aid certifications are valid for two years from the completion date.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training - 1 year

WSI – Must teach at least one class during two year authorization period and complete online knowledge check via the Red Cross to keep certification current.


If there is an accommodation you need in order to participate in a RS program or activity, please contact WRC 101 at (319) 273-6275.


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