Minnesota Rule 3-compliant certification

In the the CPR portion of these classes, you will learn to safely check for signs of life, perform CPR and how to operate an automated external defibrillator, plus how to assist choking victims. In the First Aid portion, you'll learn to care for wounds (bleeding, burns, concussions and spinal injuries) and for sudden illnesses (strokes, seizures, poisonings, diabetic reactions and allergic reactions), as well as how to deal with heat- and cold-related emergencies. You will practice bandaging a wound and applying a sling.

Choosing the correct class to comply with your particular Rule 3 requirements


Please note: Minnesota state rules have been modified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the modified rules.

In short, this is what it says:

Pediatric first aid and CPR
At least one designated staff person who has completed pediatric first aid and CPR must be present at all times at the center, during field trips, and when transporting a child

What follows below will be updated once the COVID-19 emergency rules are lifted.


Unless your child care center (a.k.a. day care center) has a policy requiring more advanced training, then a CPR-Twin Cities CPR/AED and First Aid class for the general public should fulfill state of Minnesota Rule 3 regulations.

There are no prerequisites for any of our classes (except for re-certification/review classes). If unclear about which class to choose, please read the class descriptions or contact us and we’ll do our best to help you decide. See below for more information about requirements for child care centers in the state of Minnesota.

At CPR-Twin Cities, we take life-saving seriously. Unlike some other training organizations, we don’t cut corners. We keep our classes down to a size where everyone gets the attention they deserve. Plus all of our instructors are highly experienced at teaching CPR/AED and First Aid classes.

I was definitely impressed with the amount that I learned. I would feel completely comfortable providing CPR or first aid to someone.

And we’re flexible. We offer a wide variety of classes to groups (held in the convenience of your workplace or the comfort of your own living room) as well as classes for individuals.


Rule 3 Requirements for child care centers

If you want to operate a child care center (frequently referred to as a “day care center”) in the state of Minnesota, it’s required by the Department of Human Services (DHS) that you have a child care center license and that you comply with Rule 3. Among those requirements are:

At least one staff person trained in CPR must be present in the center at all times when children are in care. All teachers and assistant teachers must be trained in first aid.

Additionally, Rule 3 also requires that:

… every staff person, and volunteer who will have direct contact with children is given orientation training before starting assigned duties.

Rest assured, our CPR-Twin Cities-certified classes in Pediatric (Child and Infant) CPR/AED and First Aid comply with DHS Rule 3 child care requirements. If you have any questions about our classes, please contact us through this website. If you have any questions about DHS regulations, please contact them directly:

P.O. Box 64242
St. Paul, MN 55164-0242
(651) 431-2000 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY/TTD)
Division of Licensing
(651) 431-6500