11/29/2017 NOTE: *The Black Friday sale has ended, the prices below won’t be accurate*
With the buzz around the Udemy Black Friday deal, I have spent more time on their site than usual. I have our core courses worked out for this year, so I’ve been poking around looking for electives. Whenever I do something that takes me a bit of time, like pulling together this list, I love to share it here with you too.
This elective course is a ROBUST high school course with certificates, licenses, and college credit integrated! I have 2 sons that will work on this together starting in January and running until the end of the school year so there will be some shared costs.
There is a lot packed into this semester, and even though the Udemy courses were on sale, the course as outlined will cost a fair bit of money due to the added training and licenses I’ve planned in- by no means do you have to go as elaborate as I did here.
I’ll label it as First Aid and Safety on their transcript. When I do this, I like to loosely follow the Carnegie model (120 hours = 1 credit). When you calculate hours, be sure to factor in all the time they spend, not just the video length. They’ll invest time in taking notes, reading, writing, reviewing, studying, taking quizzes, etc. All of that can add a lot of time. So, when you see a video course that is “2 hours of video” you can predict that to take anywhere from 2-4 hours in real time. If there is reading, that will be in addition to the video viewing, again, adding a lot more time. It’s not that hard to accumulate 120 hours!
In addition, I’m adding in an ACE-evaluated course through Straighterline that will be worth 3 college credits. Straighterline requires external verification of a Red Cross certification course as part of their course, so that will include additional cost and hours. The CPR and lifeguarding hours all happen on weekends, so even though they’ll have a lot of material, it shouldn’t be too difficult to work in.
My plan is for this course to exceed 100 hours and be recorded as 1 full high school credit. If we don’t exceed 60 hours, I’ll record it as 1/2 credit. Also, since your goals and interests will vary, feel free to chop this up in any way that makes sense for you!
- 8 Certificates of Completion (Udemy)
- 1 ServSafe Food Handler Certification (National Restaurant Association)
- 1 Red Cross CPR Certification
- 1 Life Guard Certification
- 1 Boating License
- 3 College Credits (Straighterline ACE)
- 1 High School Credit
UNIT 1: Human First Aid
First Aid: Learn How to Save a Life This course is 2 hours of video, and it has over 1,200 students that have awarded it a “5-star” rating so this feels like a solid choice. It covers the things you’d expect:
- Perform CPR.
- Save people from chocking.
- Use of AED- Automated External Defibrillator (found in public places).
- How and when to apply different bandages tourniquets and dressings.
- Treat bleeding and trauma injuries.
- Avoid and treat climate injuries (dehydration, hyperthermia, and hypothermia).
- You”ll learn how to act about different injuries like head injuries, burns, fractures, sprains, electric shock and more.
- How to treat adults, children, and babies.
- How to make your own first aid kit.
Complete Children’s First Aid Guide This course is 1 1/2 hours of video and deals with first aid for children. Also rated really high, this will be our second module.
UNIT 2: Advanced First Aid
How to Save a Life – Advanced This course (also Udemy) is free and is an hour of video. It asks the user to have completed a basic first aid course first and covers more content than basic first aid. It dives into things like snake bites, stopping a bleed, and other more significant situations.
Straighterline First Aid Course For the January semester, my teens are already enrolled in a Straighterline course so we won’t have the added cost of their subscription, only the cost of the course ($49). This course is worth 3 ACE college credits and requires the completion of a CPR, which they will do locally.
American Red Cross CPR Course We will do this locally in a face to face setting. Hands-on practice with an instructor is essential for initial training. (review and renewal can be done online)
UNIT 2: Animal First Aid
Secrets of Natural Pet First Aid for your Dog Cat & animals I have to confess, I feel pretty smart for adding this in. My sons will love this. This course is 2 hours of video and covers limping, sunburn, burns, diarrhea, infections, cuts, broken bones, and trauma. It’s also rated very well and is taught by a vet!
Dog CPR, First Aid + Safety for pet pros + dedicated owners Also rated excellent by 500+ users, I’m looking forward to this. I actually did CPR on a squirrel (true!) about 7 years ago after it fell from a tree in a storm. This course has a lot of supplemental material to go with the 2 hours of video.
UNIT 3: Fire Safety
Fire Safety: Become A Fire Safety Expert Become an expert in Fire Safety, Fire Hazards Control, Fire Evacuation Plans, and Fire Risk Assessment. I think I will bulk this up to include things like formally having my sons assess our home’s safety, fire extinguishers, alarm placement, etc. I see this as having some lab areas we can develop.
UNIT 4: Food Safety & Sanitation
While Udemy has a course for this, in my opinion, a better option is to use the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe course. As chefs, that’s the certification both my husband and I have. It’s inexpensive and available online. (about $15) Best of all, if your teen intends to work in a foodservice establishment, having their ServSafe Food Handler certificate will help them tremendously! Certification is valid for up to 5 years.
UNIT 5: Wilderness Survival
This might be a little bit too much, but this is something my kids are very interested in, so I’m choosing 3 courses here where 1-2 might be enough.
UNIT 6: Water Safety & Lifeguarding
Lifeguard Certification A personal preference, but my older sons took this training as teens, and even if you never work as a lifeguard, this is valuable for anyone who is ever around water. In order to take this class, you have to pass a swimming test.
UNIT 7: Boating Safety
Boat Safety Course This is more of a personal preference for our family since we’ll be spending some time in small boats this summer, but the link offers a lot of course options, including free resource information as well as ways to secure a boating license in your state.
- UDEMY courses purchased DURING Black Friday sale $80
- UDEMY courses if purchased AFTER Black Friday sale $995
- Straighterline First Aid Course $49
- Straighterline Membership $99*
- ServSafe Course and Certification $15
- American Red Cross CPR Certification (in-person class) $84
- Lifeguard training course and certification (in-person class) $240
- Boating course and license $25
Tip: I have 2 sons that will share the UDEMY courses, so the $80 fee will technically be split between 2 students. The Straighterline course and all other certifications must be done “per-person” however, you can have your teens share a textbook if they take it together!
*Note: Since you have to purchase a minimum of 1 month, my suggestion is to squeeze as much out of that month as you can. It doesn’t pay to take only 1 course. A teen should easily be able to complete 2 courses in a month’s time. If you want more on how to pick a class, I wrote this post to help you.