Automated External Defibrillator Basics

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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Basics

  • no certification

Defibrillator Basics (1 – 1.5 hrs.) $34 per person

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This is a very simple defibrillator-only class. It assumes that you already have a general idea of how to perform CPR. It teaches the basics of what you should know about operating an automated external defibrillator (commonly known as an “AED”).

To be clear, AEDs are amazingly easy to use. They do not require advance training.

That said, they are much, much easier to use in an emergency if you’ve already had some hands-on training. (Just imagine, trying to figure out how to use an AED on the spot — under stress)!

This class covers the basics of how to recognize a medical emergency and what to do until help arrives. We will discuss the Good Samaritan Law, as well as how to protect yourself from disease transmission while giving first aid care. And, of course, you will get hands-on practice with an AED trainer (a unit that looks and works just like a real AED, but without the possibility of shocking someone by accident).

Although this class is based on information taught in CPR-Twin Cities, American Red Cross and American Heart Association classes, this is an abbreviated class. Therefore there is no certification. As with all classes, we recommend that you read class descriptions and check with your employer, school, professional organization before registering, so you’re certain that this class will meet their specific requirements.


What’s the purpose of performing CPR? What’s the purpose of using an AED? Get answers here.

Click to learn: CPR with AED Training, CPR with AED plus First Aid or Compression-Only (a.k.a. Hands-Only) CPR


Other Class Options


With only a little training, AEDs are extremely simple to use

If you learn to operate one automated external defibrillator (AED), you can pretty much operate them all. That said, with AED manufacturers being in competition with one another, they are also all trying to add “bells and whistles” to make their defibrillator unique (and, hopefully, better in some way).

Therefore, there are distinct differences in how different brands and different models of AEDs are used. But once you’ve learned how to operate one, if you remember to stay calm and breathe, you should be able to figure out how to operate most any brand and most any model of AED.

CPR-Twin Cities does not endorse any particular manufacturer, nor any particular model. However, for your convenience, here are some product demo videos, produced by a handful of major AED manufacturers.


AED demonstrations from various manufacturers

Philips HeartStart OnSite (available without a prescription)

Philips HeartStart Home (available without a prescription)

Philips HeartStart FRx (includes infant/child key)

Medtronic AED demo

Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus (available in fully automatic and semi automatic models)

Zoll Fully Automatic AED Plus (available in fully automatic and semi automatic models)

HeartSine samaratin PAD


Class Size

The prices listed listed on this page are for a minimum of six students per class. To maintain our high standards for exceptional personal attention, we limit our AED (automated external defibrillator) classes to a maximum of 15 students.

Booking and Paying for a Class

Once a date is chosen, and a number of students is determined, a letter-of-agreement will be emailed to you. To confirm your class, the agreement needs to be signed and returned, along with your payment (in full). Payment may be made by check or through PayPal (using either a PayPal account or any major credit card, with a 3% surcharge).

If unsure about the number of students who will be attending, you can pick a number as low as six as your minimum for the agreement, and then add more later (but no less than two days before class, so we have time to prepare). The price of those additional students is slightly higher ($5 per person). Payment for any additional students is due on the day of class.


Our per-student pricing for this class is already discounted for groups. In addition, there is a 10% discount off that discounted price if you:

  • book and pay for training for at least 25 students (in more than one class session, to maintain the per-class maximum); or
  • book and pay for your class at least 60 days in advance.

Since short-notice classes are more complicated to coordinate, there is a 10% surcharge on classes scheduled and paid for less than 10 days in advance, and a 20% surcharge on classes scheduled and paid for less than five days in advance.


While delivery is free for most classes held in Minneapolis, St. Paul and their first-ring suburbs, there is a minimum delivery charge of $45 per session for classes held beyond the first ring of suburbs. Due to time- and labor-intensive logistical factors in high-density areas, there is a $100 delivery charge for CPR classes held in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. (Discounts and surcharges have no effect on the delivery fee.)


*All prices are subject to change without notice.