FAQ


 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  1. WHY DO YOU EMPHASIZE IMPORTANCE OF SPEED, EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN YOUR CPR RELATED TRAINING PROGRAMS IN HAWAII?
  2. WHAT IS YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE, WHAT TYPE OF CLASSES DO YOU OFFER AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES?
  3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM" (NEW BOOK + CLASSROOM) AND "ONLINE BLENDED LEARNING" (ONLINE + CLASSROOM) COURSES?
  4. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? CAN I GET DRIVING DIRECTIONS?
  5. WHERE DO I PARK? DO YOU VALIDATE PARKING?
  6. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATION CARD? HOW LONG IS IT GOOD FOR?
  7. WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
  8. HOW SOON CAN I GET INTO A CLASS?
  9. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A CLASS?
  10. CAN I RESCHEDULE MY CLASS?
  11. CAN I CANCEL MY CLASS OR GET A REFUND ON A UN-USED CLASS?
  12. DO I HAVE TO BUY TRAINING MANUALS FROM YOU?
  13. DO YOU CANCEL CLASSES IF ONLY A FEW PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR THEM OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON?
  14. SHOULD'NT I GET THE CARD MY EMPLOYER WANTS FROM ME, EVEN THOUGH I BOOKED, ATTENDED AND PASSED THE WRONG TYPE OF CERTIFICATION CLASS?
  15. I JUST NEED A CARD FOR MY JOB, I DON'T CARE ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF, WHY DO I EVEN HAVE TO TAKE A CLASS?
  16. I LOST MY CERTIFICATION CARD, CAN I GET A DUPLICATE?
  17. I CAN NOT MAKE IT ON THE LISTED TIMES, I NEED TO SCHEDULE A CLASS OUTSIDE OF YOUR REGULAR CLASSES, CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THAT?
  18. I AM NOT SURE WHICH CPR CLASS I NEED, WHAT DO I DO?
  19. DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO CLASS?
  20. DO YOU EVER CLOSE?
  21. WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATIONAL NATURE OF FAST CPR? WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES?
  22. DO YOU TEACH CLASSES IN OTHER LANGUAGES?
  23. I LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR HAWAII, IS THERE A WAY I CAN HELP YOU?

 

 

ANSWERS


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 WHY DO YOU EMPHASIZE IMPORTANCE OF SPEED, EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN YOUR CPR RELATED TRAINING PROGRAMS IN HAWAII? 

Short FAQ:  Because we are a local organization that feels everything in Hawaii that your life and livelihood depends on should be efficient and effective.  Entire population seems to appreciate that, so here is the class schedule.  If you want to hear more, sure there is a reason and a purpose for every breath we take at Fast CPR... read on.

Long FAQ:
 Also because speed, efficiency and effectiveness are the newest and the greatest things promoted by the CPR certification organizations.  Most of the courses we offer are done partially online.  Our organization is designed to help people efficiently and effectively.  On top of that, that is also what the consumer wants.  Plus we know a thing or two about all of that speed, efficiency and effectiveness stuffs, cause we got degrees and all kine training on that bro.  Eh, who kea about that anyways.  May be we just do something good for people instead.  "Learning" is related to "education."  Others have their strong points, ours happens to be the things that get the "education job" done effectively and efficiently.  We have been in the heart of Hawaii education and training industry for decades.  Having taught classes at all levels of the US Educational System (Yeah, all) on 40 separate subjects (Yeah, 40), we are familiar the real side of the education and training industry.  Yes we respect, love and bow down to everyone in the training industry, regardless of organization or affiliation.  Especially hats off to those folks that specialize in retailing aspects of the safety industry, and those that did completely different things rather than teaching all their lives.  Respect, love and hugs to everybody and their uncles.  What do we know anyway.  But we feel that, efforts of those that actually teach the material while logging in thousands of hours of real teaching time and thousands of hours of administrative time with the Hawaii community, should also be recognized.  When we teach, we get raving reviews and support from all sorts of healthcare professionals, fortune 500 companies and government institutions for a job well done.  As a local 501(c)3 we are pretty proud of that, because it means we reach our missions while contributing to the big mission of saving lives in a very massive way in Hawaii.  As real educators we know from experience, that the public likes to be trained by people who are trying to help them, that teach good classes.  So we work our butts off teaching classes, while analyzing everything we do, so we can serve the public efficiently and effectively.  

In Hawaii perhaps people are okay with certain things taking longer to get, get done or get going.  May be in Hawaii people are okay with hearing, "Sorry can not," "I will ask my supervisor," "No more that one," "Stay and wait," "Sorry, no other choice," "Well, may be if you were in Mainland," etc., etc.  Perhaps there are those who enjoy the systems that promote five people taking a break while two people work to serve the customers.  May be with some folks, it is a fine balance of Seniority over Productivity.  All that may provide more relaxing time as people wait longer on things during work and after work as they spend their lives on the Islands.  Life is precious, no matter where you live it.  We think inefficiency has nothing to do with real Aloha. People who are telling you it's part of how it is here, are wrong.  Many Hawaii businesses and institutions out there have the efficiency and effectiveness mind set.  That is why Hawaii improves.  Also as the population grows, people have less and less tolerance for getting just a Shaka for things they can't get.  If somebody tells you "Get used to not having things you want or move back to mainland," you should just dump them, unless you are dealing with the local monopolies.  But everyone that lives here knows no such thing exists in Hawaii.

Plus for goodness sake, who would want a Slow CPR organization any way?  Over nearly two decades we have been blessed with many wonderful people in Hawaii that we have helped through our classes, we have taught more classes in comparison to pretty much everyone else around on this side of the planet that teach these sort of classes (Ask around.  It's a free country, we just choose to press our manikins all kine wee hours, all kine wee many years, when many others choose to Karaoke, sorry our fault - Mae Culpa, Mae Culpa).  Also as a public service organization, we have spent a lot of time listening to the local consumer through thousands of hours of phone support and through face to face communication.   We also looked at the industry data related to CPR for two decades.  But we have never heard of anyone ever wanting or needing Slow CPR of any kind!  If you want things really fast when it comes to learning this stuff, buy eLearning.  That way you will see less of our pretty faces in the classroom.  In Hawaii some people have bumper stickers that say "Slow down, this ain't Mainland."  If that was our bumper sticker it would say, "OK folks slow down when driving - but This ain't Mainland, things cost four times more here, speed up and optimize those things that you can for the best use of resources in Hawaii, that way at least people don't have to sleep faster, attend their families faster or drive down the road faster trying to get to their second job in Paradise."  Price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.  We help avoid waste.  Learn CPR, help others.  We are all about teaching and helping as many people as we can locally.  Mahalo for choosing to live on the Islands, but everyone's "Time Left on Earth Clock" ticks at the same speed where ever you live on the planet.  So when it really comes down to it, Life in Hawaii is Not Slow.  Life takes place due to efficient systems.  Expecting efficiency is Respecting human life.  Giving efficiency is not that easy.  For those who understand and appreciate what it takes to do what we do, thank you for your support.


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 WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE, WHAT TYPE OF CLASSES DO YOU OFFER AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES?


Schedule, Class Types and Prices are HERE.  You also have option to book a private class pretty much through out the day, evening or weekends.  We are all about Health and Safety of the community, workplace and individuals, so our classes are in subject matters relating to those areas.  Although we are glued to our computers and mobile devices, we keep flexible administrative hours and we won’t be in our office unless we are teaching as specified on our online schedule.  Therefore all classes are by appointment, no walk-ins. 

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 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM" (NEW BOOK+CLASSROOM) AND "ONLINE BLENDED LEARNING" (ONLINE+CLASSROOM) COURSES?

Short FAQ:
 One is done fully in the classroom.  The other is done partially online and partially in the classroom.  If you are OK with that, here is the class schedule.  If not, here is more.

Long FAQ:  Traditional Classroom course means a human teaches your entire course with the help of rubber dummies, using approved audio visuals, human talent and human ability to teach.  Our humans have taught thousands of these classes and they are pretty good.  You get the mandatory text book to take home, when you take a traditional classroom course with us.  Online blended course means you do part of the course at home, super high tech method (Depending on capabilities of your machine), watching videos, clicking your mouse and going through the content, without dealing with humans and only dealing with your computer, your mouse and your keyboard; With the Online blended course, after the computer part is all pau, you come into our facility to do all the physical stuff that is involved in learning CPR with the help of humans and rubber dummies.  CPR is about physical effort and action.  It takes doing to be able to do it.  You can't get a Legit CPR card just by pressing your keyboard, you still got to come and press the manikins one way or another regardless if you take a traditional classroom course or online blended learning course.  You get the same card, regardless you do the "traditional classroom" version or "online blended version" of the same course.  Stuff you learn is the same in each kine class one way or another, it is all matter of how you want to take your class - which is matter of personal preference more than anything.  If you decide one way or another and stick to it, we will make sure you get the best training regardless.  Mahalo.


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 WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? CAN I GET DRIVING DIRECTIONS?

Please check out our Map & Directions Page for details.  Fast CPR is located downtown Honolulu at Century Square building, 1188 Bishop St. Suite 1110, at the corner of Bishop and South Beretania St (first building on the right hand side as you enter Bishop).  If you will be in a rush on the day of your class, please keep in mind that it is a very large island and our call center is not able to direct people by phone through traffic.


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 WHERE DO I PARK?
  DO YOU VALIDATE PARKING?

Our office is at Century Square, 1188 Bishop Street, Downtown Honolulu.  Make a right turn from Bishop Street into our parking, which goes underground, under the Century Square. See a picture of the parking entry.  Once you arrive, from under ground parking lot take the elevator to the main lobby and take the lobby elevator to the 11th floor. Suite 1110 will be on your right when you get off the elevator.  W
e can validate parking for the first two hours of your class for free.  Additional parking stickers can be purchased at our office at a discounted rate.  We can validate only if you park at our building (Century Square). We can not validate parking in other buildings.  Our parking can accommodate cars with 6’2” maximum height.


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 HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATION CARD? HOW LONG IS IT GOOD FOR?

Short FAQ:  We will issue your card at the end of the class, as soon as you are done with the requirements.  Cards are good for two years.

Long FAQ:  We heard from many people in Hawaii, you might have to wait until coconut is ready to fall from the tree in some cases for this sort of thing.  Over the years waiting for the coconut to fall got very tiring for us and everyone we knew.  The pinnacle of supreme local efficiency effects way too many lives, livelihoods and careers.  So to help Hawaii community, we contacted the best certification bodies, got support and encouragement from thousands of local folks, run the Fast CPR Card Project and brought efficiency to the a very substantial chunk of the Hawaii workforce that needed this training for their job requirements as we taught them how to save lives.  If you take a class from us, you will get your card before you leave our office, upon passing all the tests, on the same day.  Certification cards are good for two years from the date of issue, not one year like some places.  Thank you for taking your class at a local organization that was designed to help the Hawaii community effectively and efficiently, hope you like the effort that goes into really teaching this stuff.  Also thank you for supporting the mainland organizations that provide the curriculum, content, educational materials and the certification cards.  Remember you are the life blood of the training industry, and as a Hawaii consumer you deserve people to serve you efficiently and effectively.  They say life is slower in the Islands, make sure your life is not slower because someone else decided not to work.  Mahalo.

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 WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express) and Cash, NO personal checks. We can accept company checks.  If your company is reimbursing you, please hang on to your receipt and don't loose it.  We will not keep chasing after receipts for you.  If you signed up online, or by credit card in our office, your receipt is in your email!



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 HOW SOON CAN I GET INTO A CLASS?

If it’s listed on our Online Schedule, you can get into any class even on the day it’s scheduled.  But hurry because if the class fills up, it will be no longer listed and enrollment will close.  Each class has limited space, classes are by appointment and there are no walk-ins.  
   
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 HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A CLASS?

Here are the steps.  Most important part of signing up for a class is first knowing which class or certification card your employer requires.  Cards are job specific, and simple "just a cpr card", "infant cpr card", "oh just the basic" qualifies for many different varieties of cpr cards.  Depending on your industry, you have two choices to start with "BLS Healthcare Provider"  or "First Aid, CPR, AED." If you know exactly which class or certification card your job requires from you, you can either sign up online or call us to schedule your class.  Online sign up will require payment at the time of the registration.  If you would rather pay in person before your class, you can also call in your registration at 808 548-7711 and our agents will help you .  Please review available options by looking at our online schedule before calling. 

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 CAN I RESCHEDULE MY CLASS?
Classes can be rescheduled in case of major emergencies.  If you must re-schedule, we prefer a 24 hours notice when possible.  You can call our office at 548-7711 and Press Extension 3. That is the number that comes after 2.  We can make arrangements and schedule your class at a time that will be more convenient for you, on our existing class schedule.  But, please keep in mind that chronic excessive rescheduling (CER) is painful condition that affects everyone and every time someone  reschedules a class, a CPR manikin dies.  Yes you can reschedule, but please do not make it a CPR manikin genocide.  There will be two free reschedules allowed.  But after that we start charging just to recover from all the back and forth phone time it takes before a real class takes place.  The nice guy who rescheduled his appointment 14 times during the same month isn't even reading any of this anyway. But after that most excellent guy rescheduled few more appointments the following month, once his reschedules added up to 21, we figured even the All Patient and Very Kind Zen Masters would implement some sort of rescheduling policy in their dwelling of peace, love and harmony, as they try to help everyone.  Sorry about rescheduling policies, but we think most people will understand.  We are blessed to have so many nice people support us and support what we do, thank you for your kindness in not rescheduling way too many out of control times.  

Important Social Mission of Fast CPR:  Eh, we are training every kine people ovah here!:  This is Hawaii.  We know folks are busy, sometimes they forget and sometimes simply the surf is up, thus at that moment nothing else matters to some.  We appreciate everybody.  If it takes 21 reschedules to make it to one CPR class, we feel confident once they show up and we teach them the curriculum, we can thrust them to do CPR even on us as long as they figure out the part about being there in actual physical body on the first attempt, instead of being kind of there through 20 intended attempts trying to do CPR from distance.  Society is about helping one another, so everyone that can make it to the class in fewer attempts is happy to carry the weight of those who can't on their shoulders, thus paying the increased support cost it takes to provide hundred times the support for some folks to show up to a single class, get trained, get their card, meet the compliance requirements and get back to their work and contribute to the Hawaii's workforce and economy.  Plus the call center agent that goes through that many redundant phone calls with that one person just for one booking, usually says heck with this and gets his own surf board anyway.  Thus even people not making it to their class repeatedly and re-booking it perpetually forevers, are contributing to the great circle of life in Hawaii or some how contributing to the over all statewide surf board sales.  It's all good and bunches of love to everyone.  In the big picture of spinning the wheel in Hawaii, please keep in mind the wheel we spin is pretty good size, that helps many many people locally.  After decades of spinning that wheel endlessly in Hawaii, we are getting some type of traction due to the sheer volume of people we help, and all that effort is not lost like the flavoring of poke after too much soy sauce.  We are making a difference in Hawaii.  Thanks to you, when we throw a boulder into a lake, at least there is some type of ripple for that social impact.  Enjoy the class, but please take it easy with rescheduling or for some folks, please have some kind of mercy Bro.  Please donate so we can have extra resources it takes to run programs according to Hawaii's unique needs, that way we can provide extra booking support to part of the local population that has issues that keep them from showing up to their appointment, especially when the surf's up several days at a time.  Enjoy the islands, hang loose.  Mahalo for your support.

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 CAN I CANCEL MY CLASS OR GET A REFUND ON A UN-USED CLASS?
If you must cancel please call us and let us know 24 hours before your class, so we have time to assign your spot to someone else.   We can not issue refunds in case of no shows on or after the date of scheduled class, if the class already took place.  All refund inquiries for prepaid classes must be made 24 hours prior to class start time.  Refund minus 15% booking costs may be expected on a typical booking.  Depending on your institution, it will take a few days for the refund to appear on your credit card or bank statement.  There will be no refunds on eLearning course materials and course manuals, since that money goes directly to the certifying organizations trough mainland authorized distributors and not to us.  If you need a refund, please communicate that to us in a sentence that includes the actual word "refund."  As we are not able to use our telepathic helmet to log into the Psychic grid to see where everybody is at any given point in time, who will show up, who is rescheduling, who is switching to a different class, who is running late or who needs refund.  If it was us, we would just click the mouse, pay for our class, show up without making people jump through too many hoops, take our class, pass the requirements and get our card.  But simplicity may be over rated in the world.  Therefore we appreciate everybody and their way of doing things.  Mahalo for your support.

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 DO I HAVE TO BUY TRAINING MANUALS FROM YOU?

Short FAQ:  We include the course manuals in our courses according to mandated AHA deadlines regarding 2015 guidelines materials.  Because we are an authorized AHA Training Center, we use only the most current course materials for each type of course we teach.  You get to take the manual home.  


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 DO YOU CANCEL CLASSES IF ONLY A FEW PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR THEM OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON?

Class will go on even if we have one person signed up on the class roster.  If you signed up for a class with us, you have nothing to fear.  Although most facilities will consistently cancel classes with low attendance to keep from having to pay their instructors, we do not!  If it is on our online schedule, the class will be held.  However there are no walk-ins allowed, to attend a class you must sign up for it.  It is our policy not to cancel classes.  However certain circumstances beyond our control may cause a class to be cancelled.  This is as rare as snow in Hawaii.  Here are some of the conditions that have caused us to cancel classes in the past:  City wide electric outage that have caused most businesses to shut down in downtown Honolulu for an entire day because non of the office equipment, traffic lights or elevators were working;  National weather emergency that have cancelled 3500 fights leaving our instructors stranded in mainland;  Tsunami alerts asking everyone to move to a higher ground (Wait, in that case we just moved the class to higher ground, and the show went on because people had to get to work with their CPR cards the next day or face being canned from their jobs). We have been teaching classes in many cases when everyone else was closed or when they refuse to offer classes.  Therefore, we would like to think we will cancel a class only when Hell freezes over.  Although these emergencies do not happen every day, teaching more classes in comparison to most over the years, have shown us that there is a statistical chance the major emergencies may happen.  When and if this happens, CPR classes are usually least of peoples problems.  But we will always do our part and make sure you are compensated. 

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 SHOULD'NT I GET THE CARD MY EMPLOYER WANTS FROM ME, EVEN THOUGH I BOOKED, ATTENDED AND PASSED THE WRONG TYPE OF CERTIFICATION CLASS?

Short FAQ:  No!  Take the right class!

Long FAQ:  We have the classes and cards your employer requires, but we can give you only the card you have passed the requirements for.  In the CPR training industry different classes meet different job requirements by issuing different industry specific cards.  It is up to you to find out which class you need and sign up for the right type of class with us.  There are different cards issued for different types of classes we offer.  It is like booking an oil change appointment and taking in your car for that.  If you are wondering how come you did not get a tune up after going in for an oil change appointment, because it was an oil change appointment and not a tune up appointment.  The mechanic can do either an oil change or a tune up for you, but you got to let him know which one you need done and make an appointment for that.  In our office we have narrowed the choice down to only two classes:  1) BLS Provider Class, 2)  First Aid CPR AED Class.  By the way there is no such thing as "BLS First Aid Class," that one drives us nuts!  These classes happen at different times, they teach different stuff.  You will need one or the other, very rarely both.  They are like an apple and a orange.  We have many administrative checks and balances in our office, so "Hey you gave me the wrong card" thing will not happen. 1) Everybody checks in with the floor staff on a roster. 2) Everybody is asked if they are sure they are taking the right class. 3) Everybody sees the card they get, because they are asked to check it and sign the back of it before we give it to them (We don't mail cards, you get them after class).  
In the process off handling thousands of cards, if we ever screwed up once, that is because at least two people processing paperwork plus the student had to be really absentminded when they signed their card, all three people had to be spaced out once, everybody had to be in a time warp, and had to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.  So that doesn't happen often (But please don't change your mind, your class, your maiden name and current name eight times, just to test us to see if we can keep up with all the confusion).  If you are not sure, before booking a class call your boss and ask him: Dude what do you want my card to say?  "BLS " or "First Aid CPR AED?"  After that pick the right class Here.  You can not choose a type of class to attend from the menu while relying purely only on our psychic ability to get you the right card for your purpose.  Calling a zillion times and switching your class schedule all over the place also creates confusion, since you must remember what you are switching around each time and specify it.  So please make the right appointment and show up.  Keep it simple! 



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 I JUST NEED A CERTIFICATION CARD FOR MY JOB, I DON'T CARE ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF, WHY DO I EVEN HAVE TO TAKE A CLASS?

Please wait one second while we do our deep breathing, so we don't completely loose it and go berserk.  This is an actual question and many people ask it.  Makes us wonder what the heck is really going on out there in the training environment.  Yes you must take a class, be trained and demonstrate that you can do this stuff before you end up with a certification card in your hand.  That is what certification is all about.  Requirements are clear cut.  Those that we train can recite the stuff forwards and backwards when they are done with a class, and they can do the skills required.  There is no way around it.  What we do is very important to Hawaii. What we do is also so important to us, that we put together an organization like this.  Fast CPR makes a difference in Hawaii by putting an army of trained individuals into the Hawaii population.  We are busting our butts offering thousands of classes to the community and putting in more time, sweat, tears, effort, money and resources in comparison to most who teach classes.  Not everyone likes that.  Although we have a large following in Hawaii, we are not here to win a popularity contest.  We are here to make a difference.  So join the revolution, take a class and get trained!  

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 I LOST MY CERTIFICATION CARD, CAN I GET A DUPLICATE?

Short FAQ:  Go to this link and follow the instructions.  

Long FAQ:  Lost cards are a pain for everyone.  But we won't make you re-take your class like some places, because we keep accurate records.  We can locate your record and issue a duplicate card if you took the class from us.   If you took your class elsewhere, and your instructor or facility is no where to be found, or you are getting the run around from them, we can not help you because we don't have access to their records.  We need proper spelling of your first and last name and type of class you took.  There is a $20 fee.   Your new card will have the old expiration dates according to your class record with us.  If you want us to mail the card to you, we can do that or we will schedule a time for you to pick up your card at our office.  It may take longer to get your lost card replaced if some of the administrators are on leave and also during holiday seasons.   Please see our schedule here.  As we mentioned, lost cards are a pain for everyone.  Please do not loose your card!

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 I CAN NOT MAKE IT ON THE LISTED TIMES, I NEED TO SCHEDULE A CLASS OUTSIDE OF YOUR REGULAR CLASSES, CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THAT?    

If nothing on our schedule works for you, we can schedule a special class in the morning between 9 and 11 am or in the afternoon after 4:30 pm. Special classes cost $10 extra and need to be prepaid with the credit card over the phone ahead of time since we will assign an instructor for you outside of his or her regular schedule.  If you are interested, please call our office and leave your contact information.  We will have an instructor call you back with his or her private lesson schedule to make arrangements.  Private classes are not available during Christmas season.



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 I AM NOT SURE WHICH CPR CLASS I NEED, WHAT DO I DO?

Best thing is to ask your employer.  Classes and cards issued are specific to the type of job you do.  You want to sit through the right class and get the card your employer wanted you to get.  In general BLS Provider classes (Used to be called BLS Healthcare Provider classes)  are for hospital/clinic personnel, nursing and medical students, EMTs, etc.    First Aid/CPR/AED classes are for all other professions; homecare facilities, personal trainers, yoga teachers, construction companies, CNAs, most nursing homes, Coast Guard, baby sitters etc.  Keep in mind that final say so comes from your employer.  We are not your boss, so we don't know which class you should take.  Please call your employer if you are not sure which class you need for your employment requirements.

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 DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO CLASS?

Come as you are. Wear something comfy, pressing manikins is physical work.  No need to bring in brown bag lunch, tooth brush or camping supplies like some of those other places.  We pride ourselves in efficiency and effectiveness.  Therefore, your class will not feel like you are crossing the Sahara Desert on a camel.  However, 
please do not bring in screaming babies (If you are travelling with a kid, bring an adult to attend to them outside of our class).  Also, please do not bring the personal cheer-leading team or the whole family for moral support.  If you are travelling with one, boyfriend/body guard has to come back later.  Classroom is only intended for individuals taking the class.  No more the kine plate lunch please, our rubber dummies no like greasy hands on them.  We have a wickedly cool training facility like no other around, so no drinks on our super duper training area.  So basically just bring yourself, hopefully on the first attempt.  Rest goes pretty smoothly.  After your class be most excellent to one another.  Mahalo for all you contribute to the world.

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 DO YOU EVER CLOSE?

Short FAQ:  Not really.  But we reserve the right to have a vacation every now and then.

Long FAQ:  Our current class schedule and schedule announcements are posted online.  Teaching facility is open when classes are going on.  We take teaching CPR seriously.  Our call center operates 365 days a year, 24/7.  Also just like most corporations we work our management team to death, and make sure everyone is glued to their I-pad at the minimum if they are conscious and if they have a pulse (Humor people!).   If the management team passes out, we all know CPR, so we can get them back to working.  If the managers are breathing that means they are working the floor, cracking the whip and running the training programs efficiently as possible.  We work our instructors silly (voluntarily of course), we are open most holidays see our schedule of classes if you don't believe us.  But our instructors do get some vacation time, once in a blue moon, as posted on schedule announcements.   A
s an organization, Fast CPR never stops working.  However certain times of the year such as Christmas time, it becomes plain silly to offer classes when we have to compete with sales at Macy's, holiday parties and shopping center traffic jams, when 90% of our work becomes managing no shows, cancellations and reschedules.  Traffic is worse because mysteriously there is always construction on Kapiolani Boulevard. Therefore if your certification card is expiring during Christmas season, you might consider getting into a class earlier.  As everyone knows December gets a bit crazy for everyone.  So our December schedule is adjusted to put up with the craziness of the season, while helping everyone but keeping Santa from beating us up for keeping people out of shopping centers.  All kidding aside, actually Santa loves us.  Since we are not a competition for his  or his cousins business in Hawaii, all he has to say is good stuff about us, just like the thousands we have helped with our classes in Hawaii.  Plus his work shop stayed open because we trained all the little elves in a timely, efficient and effective manner, without delays, without hassles, so they could meet the elf workshop safety requirements.  Apparently, they tried the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future and even the Grinch,  but the surf was up and non of those guys even cared to show up.  (Ha, ha, that was a good one!).

Regardless, even during the month of December we teach more classes than Average Joe CPR Dudes will teach during an entire year.  But it's a free country, everybody is welcome to work that hard.  This is a labor of love for us.  There is plenty love in the world, and we are not scared of labor.  When you train with us, you have thousands of class options each year open to you as posted on our class schedule, or through scheduling a private class.  Thank you for your support.


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 WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATIONAL NATURE OF FAST CPR? WHAT ARE YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES?

Short FAQ:  We are a local kine organization, that was put together to help people who seek training.  We run programs to improve Hawaii's health, safety and employment outlook.  If you are done with that here is the class schedule, if you want to read more, you asked for it.

Long FAQ:  Fast CPR is a  local 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting health and safety in Hawaii.  
 We run a bunch of programs that at are aimed to make a difference in Hawaii's health, wellness and employment outlook.  We teach a lot of classes to reach the public.   What about the name?  Heart attacks are the number one cause of death in our state.  Fast, Efficient, Effective CPR saves lives.  Prevention is the way to go, but when it really hits the fan, people need to know how to do effective, efficient, Fast CPR.  But if it is so important, everybody is fussing that you must know it, shouldn't there be an actual facility out there with enough resources that offers thousands of classes to the public, puts an army of trained people out there and trains the heck out of the Hawaii population each year?  Actually there is!   It is us, FAST CPR!  We say we teach the heck out of this place, because we do train thousands each year, and we do make a difference in Hawaii.  Check out our online schedule if you don't believe us  or read about some of our programs below.   Our organizational focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Hawaii to teach them how to do CPR effectively and efficiently.  We do this by providing superior customer service, and offering as many classes as possible, by training as many people as possible.   We also promote eLearning courses of those big certification organizations as the "Fastest way to get trained" as they want us to.  We feel that since CPR itself has to be the most efficient thing ever to save a life, so should be getting into a CPR class.  Our logic behind this is based on following:  Instead of being given false sense of security, people should be taught CPR skills effectively.  Learning CPR should not be regarded as punishment by slow torture that people have to endure for their job requirements every two years (Yes we stick to the rules, but we make sure we are not CPR robots with TV remotes - People appreciate human feedback, and having real teachers teach their class!).  We feel, receiving CPR certification should be almost as efficient as receiving CPR itself - If you have to wait three months to get it in the mail, it just doesn't work for people! We feel, CPR education should be about educating others about CPR and not another agenda like selling gadgets and other goodies besides educational stuff.  Because of this we even name our projects appropriately to reach various markets and target our approach.
  We also feel CPR training should be based on creating competency for being able to do effective CPR (For this we use educational content, course materials, course outlines etc. from cool Certification Organizations and comply with their rules).  

To do all of this, we maintain a very well equipped training facility in Downtown Honolulu and a staff of highly trained professional instructors.  We also have a fully staffed call center that operates 365 days out of the year 24/7.  Each month we train hundreds of individuals in CPR, BLS and First Aid at our downtown Honolulu training facility.   We make a major impact on Hawaii's work force and employment outlook with our Job Ready Program™ as we help individuals meet their employment training requirements.  We help people get into CPR classes as fast as possible when they need them, through FAST CPR CLASS Project.™ We are Hawaii CPR industry improvement advocates that has saved the livelihoods of thousands in Hawaii by getting them into a CPR class and getting them a CPR card in a timely manner, through the FAST CPR CARD Project.™ 
We help Hawaii business so that they can be compliant according to their industry requirements through FAST CPR Business to Business Training Solutions. We can train your employees at our office, or travel to various locations through out the island of Oahu through FAST CPR Mobile.  We support businesses as they help us spread CPR education and awareness statewide through The Adventures of Joey™ and we showcase strengths of each business to Hawaii population.     If you want us to teach CPR to all your employees or members of your group and don't care about a certification card, you can sign up for a Reality Based Challenge, a Preparedness Presentation or we can set up a Custom Challenge/Presentation for your institution.   We educate public about extreme emergencies with our FAST CPR Prepared™ classes for businesses.  We run programs to mentally prepare people to take action in an emergency and work as a team through our FAST CPR TOUGH™ principles.   We encourage people to become at least physically fit enough to be able to do CPR to save others through our FAST CPR FIT™ programs.  We are on the cutting edge of the technology in Hawaii' education environment, promoting use of online technologies in CPR education with FAST CPR ONLINE Project™  We act as the information liaison in the media in Hawaii when it comes to CPR education.   We are sought after by local broadcasters, have been featured on KGMB, KHNL and many other local sources and promoted CPR education statewide and continue to do so on an ongoing basis.  Although we work with several government agencies, we are not part of the federal government. We are an independent entity that is organized and exists as a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution pursuant to a charter granted to us by state of Hawaii, that has passed the stringent requirements of federal government for 501(c)3 status (Verify).   We receive our financial support from voluntary public contributions, grants and from cost-recovery charges for some of our services,such as health and safety training courses.  So to make long story short, in essence we are just like those other multi-billion dollar gigantic non-profit institutions that offer CPR training programs, disaster relief education, blood drives etc. nationwide, except we are a smaller Hawaii chartered organization.  Therefore our cost recovery charges for our classes are much less than those usually charged by gigantic entities.  Also, unlike those gigantic entities since we do not spend millions in administrative expenses, we have the organizational resources and staffing power to offer thousands of classes to the Hawaii community each year instead of one or two classes here and there.  If you would like to take part in one of our classes please see our class schedule here.  If you would like to become a corporate supporter please contact us,  you can see a list of some of our international supporters.    You can donate to our cause, we appreciate your support.   Contributions to FAST CPR are tax deductible.  When we teach classes, we also support Certifying Organizations through purchasing their educational materials, using them in our courses and selling their course manuals at at our cost through FAST CPR BOOK DEPOT™.  Use of course materials does not mean sponsorship by a Certification organization, as clearly stated in many parts of our website, only income to them is from the Course Manuals used during our courses.  Likewise, FAST CPR does not receive it's funding from book sales.

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 DO YOU TEACH CLASSES IN OTHER LANGUAGES?

Hawaii is an international place, every other person speaks a language or two or three and sometimes four.  
Our phone operators will communicate only in English. We can teach you the class content in English, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, and can understand you and communicate the material to you if you speak Russian or half dozen other languages that are related to the languages we have listed.    From among our staff and volunteers, if need be we can get someone to help us out in class with Filipino,Indonesian or Kiribati.   Fast CPR trains clients from all parts of the world at it's headquarters.  We are well traveled and have no problem teaching Chinese, Japanese and Korean Speakers.  We have been to these places as we ate Judo mats, and did other cool specialized stuff for pretty close to half a century.  So we can relate as well as communicate.  International communication is not a problem for us and d
oing CPR is about simple effective, efficient physical labor, not about fancy talk.  Class content is easy enough and will not require superb English skills.    But, If you feel you will need a language interpreter, you may bring one at your own cost.  If you will be arriving with an interpreter, please let us know ahead of your class time.   We can even set up a private class to accommodate you.  Command of English language is necessary to work most jobs in Hawaii.  Although people can survive by staying only within their ethnic groups without speaking English in Hawaii, English is necessary for English speaking job environments for employment success.  If you need to learn English, Fast CPR™ comes to the rescue to improve your chance of survival and increase your chance of success by offering you Workforce English Classes.  If you need that, contact us and we will get you in touch with an instructor.

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 I LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR HAWAII. IS THERE A WAY I CAN HELP YOU?

 Wow thank you.  Yes!  You can take classes.  You can send us all your coworkers and friends.  You can tell people about us.  You can donate to our cause.  You can volunteer.  What you do matters, so go help people and make this world a better place in your own way.  But you must start.  Along the way your faith will make things possible, but it it won't make things easy.  Remind others that Life Saving Training Industry is actually about saving lives of Humans.  In a world where "Saving Lives" is used as a marketing cliche by practically every industry for nearly every product and nearly every service marketed to public; It is good to have a fresh perspective.   If viewed from a certain angle, yes even plastic saves lives.  You have probably seen that TV commercial that is put out by the worlds largest plastic producer.  The commercial talks about the medical equipment made of plastic that saves lives as they show heart warming images of children, families and the family dog.  At Fast CPR, we appreciate everyone, even those fine folks who make all that plastic for the world.  Our CPR Manikins are made of great plastic, that will out live us and stay on this earth practically forever.  However, we feel plastic humans that have no heart and no soul, should have nothing to do with life saving industry or education and training industry.  Lack of compassion of a cabbage belongs in the grocery store isle.  One day corporations driven by artificial intelligence may run the world, and make decisions only based on bottom line.  But for now, this is not about cyborgs helping cyborgs or robots doing their best for biological entities.  Our industry is about one human helping another.  Concepts we teach are simple, someone needs your help, you make the call and physically help them.  This stuff is likelier to work best if  people care, care to take action and really take action.  If no body nokea, then what the heck!  Therefore our organizational concern is not only how this stuff will get done, it is also about if this stuff will get done.  In a kick'em when they are down world, as an organization put together to help people, we would like to emphasize the human qualities.  This is so that people will know that if they need CPR, they are likely to get it from their fellow human beings, instead of getting assaulted when they are down on the ground or having their wallet going missing.  In a society where, "You snooze, you loose" is a catch phrase, and where many feel it's their fully justifiable personal right to "seize the moment;"  Imagine what can potentially happen to someone that closes their eyes involuntarily.  We can all have cheesy smiles and not talk about these things.  But we think people understand the realities of modern society, and appreciate a 501(c)3 organization that can openly mention these issues.  Do you really want to help us?  Join the army of people we train, then learn the defensive tactics as to how you are going to keep away from all of this first to begin with.  Your number one defensive tactic is your good health.  Stand your ground, put up your dukes and keep your health, definitely don't give it up by choice.  Your tools for defending your health are your knowledge and your will power.  Learning the technique of the ten foot pole also is very nice for distancing.  That way you can keep things that are bad for your health such as excess sugar and excess salt away from you with that ten foot pole.  If something gets passed the ten foot pole defense and becomes a habit, you can kick the habit too.  Because legs also have a pretty good reach.  Plus one can not run away from their problems, but they can run away from double fudge ice cream brownie.  Your will power is the most important tool of defense, stick to your health plan!  We don't only mean the one you keep paying premium for.  Ok, we get it, commercials are great.  We even love all those people who make commercials.  But please don't buy into the concepts like the "low calorie lard" is not lard, because the advertising said it's vitamin enriched and dust size serving of it is just a few calories.  So please do eat the darn apple, instead of the enriched and improved, better than original apple.  Knowledge is power if it does not go through bunch of transformers to reduce it down in voltage.  Learn stuff related to health and wellness.  People have been studying health and wellness for thousands of years, there is knowledge out there that can help you.  However it is not commercially viable, so it is not promoted and it all requires self discipline.  If everyone that bought a gym membership actually showed up, there would be no room to stand.  That's why the gym membership is relatively cheap.  So, save, save, save and after all those savings, might even get miles on the treadmill.  After that you must understand the ranges of defense, short range, mid range and long range.  So you must defend the health of yourself, your family and the society.  That kind of campaign usually takes your fellow troopers be in the front lines, so as your local organization - If you join forces with us, that is a great.  We care that you take care of your own health and well being.  So, if you are on the life plan to live life, make sure it's not the deferred life plan.  What you want is the whole life plan, without too many missing holes in it.  What counts is today.  Life is made up of moments, time is not money it is actually life.  However, many rules of money actually apply to life:  If you are not careless, you can waste it or have someone else waste it for you.  However, with life you can never tell how much is left, and there is no credit system so people can't over spend it.  Some prefer to borrow on capital of life through stress, anxiety and unhealthy life style but they end up paying the compounded interest later with their health.  Life is short.  Once it's pau, that is that. Eh!  Enjoy life!  Everyone wants happy people around them.  Contribute to the happiness of the world.  If you are happy, it all comes back to us one way or another.


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Disclaimer:  Opinions expressed on this website present the view points of FAST CPR and no other individual, corporate entity or other 501(c)3 organization.  No animals were harmed in making any of our websites, no plastic bags were used and we did not cut any trees.  In fact we hugged bunch of trees and asked them, if we really should go for this online publishing thing before we went off and published thousands of web pages, talking about taking action on health and wellness.   Trees were totally okay with that.  Our goal is to educate, entertain and train the heck out of the entire population, the way we have been doing it for the past two decades in Hawaii, without being bunch of mechanical robots.  We are headquartered in Hawaii, where people totally value Human-ness.  So sorry for not looking like the Corporate presence on the Internet Kine CPR folks, where everything is made from a template including those cheesy smiles.  Everyone has seen that one and enough of that one already.  Everybody also knows doing good is better than looking like doing good.  We give people credit for having human qualities, having intelligence as consumers to make informed decisions and for having a sense of humor.  It is all a good thing, thousands who have been trained by Fast CPR think so too.  If you are easily offended, please put all that aside,  when someone needs your help call the emergency response system and actually do press on someone's chest if they need CPR.  If that offends somebody, just know you are doing the right thing.  Thanks for your support.  Mahalo.