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American Heart Association BLS Instructor Course


The American Heart Association is always seeking professionals to conduct training in first aid, CPR, AED, and advanced cardiovascular care. If you are passionate about saving lives, motivated to facilitate learning, feel comfortable in group settings, and find it easy to make complex concepts understandable to others, you may be a perfect candidate.

Becoming a CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) instructor can be a rewarding and impactful choice for several reasons:

  1. Life-Saving Skills: As a CPR instructor, you would have the opportunity to teach people how to perform CPR and other first aid techniques. These skills are crucial for saving lives during emergencies, such as cardiac arrests and choking incidents.

  2. Community Impact: By training others in CPR, you contribute to building a more safety-conscious community. The individuals you teach can use their skills to respond effectively to emergencies, potentially preventing irreversible harm or death.

  3. Empowerment: Teaching CPR empowers individuals to take immediate action in critical situations. Knowing that you've equipped people with the ability to make a difference can be highly fulfilling.

  4. Teaching and Communication Skills: Becoming an instructor requires effective communication and teaching skills. If you enjoy explaining concepts, demonstrating techniques, and helping others learn, this role can be a great fit.

  5. Variety of Settings: CPR instructors are needed in various settings, including schools, workplaces, healthcare facilities, community centers, and more. This diversity allows you to engage with different groups and adapt your teaching methods accordingly.

  6. Flexible Schedule: Depending on the organization you work with, you might have flexibility in your schedule. This can be advantageous for individuals seeking part-time or freelance opportunities.

  7. Personal Development: As an instructor, you'll continuously enhance your own CPR skills and stay updated on the latest guidelines and techniques. This ongoing learning can be intellectually stimulating.

  8. Job Demand: The demand for CPR instructors remains steady due to the ongoing need for individuals and organizations to be prepared for emergencies. This could provide you with a stable job market.

  9. Networking: As you interact with various organizations and individuals, you can build a professional network within the healthcare, education, or community safety sectors.

  10. Positive Feedback: Seeing your students successfully apply the skills you've taught them and hearing stories of lives saved can provide immense satisfaction and reaffirm your decision to become an instructor.

  11. Career Progression: If you're passionate about this field, you could advance to more advanced levels of instruction, such as teaching advanced life support (ALS) or becoming an instructor trainer yourself.

  12. Contributing to Public Health: By educating people about life-saving techniques, you are actively contributing to public health and safety on a broader scale.

Who would enroll in this course?

The BLS Instructor Course is perfect for medical offices, dental offices, fire departments and more! Often times it is more cost effective to have a person on staff trained to teach in-house as opposed to sending each employee to an outside location to be trained. It is also a great option for anyone with medical or fire experience to start their own business.


How do you sign up?

Simply click  'AHA BLS Instructors Course" from the list below and choose a date that fits your schedule.


The Benefits

Once you become an Instructor, you will have access to the most current emergency cardiovascular care science, course updates, training resources and tools through the online AHA Atlas Network.


After the Course

Once you complete your course, your digital course completion cards will be emailed to you.

cpr Class

American Heart Association (AHA)
BLS Instructor Class


This class format is OSHA, Government, and Workplace Compliant with the same certification as an in-person classroom.


As an AHA BLS Instructor, you'll be able to teach the following classes:


- BLS Provider

- Heartsaver CPR/AED

- Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED

- HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED

- Heartsaver for K-12 Schools

- Heartsaver First Aid Only

- Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens


You will also be able to:


- Teach BLS or Heartsaver courses at your place of employment or outside work teaching individual classes.

- Ability to issue AHA certification cards to students

- Post your classes on the AHA class locator

- Teach anywhere in the US



Steps for the class:


1. Have a current AHA BLS Provider certification. You can add this when registering if you don't have one.

This certification must be valid at the time of taking the instructor class. Expired certification cards can not be accepted. A Red Cross certification or other non-AHA certifications are not accepted when becoming an AHA Instructor.


2. Complete the AHA BLS Instructor Essentials Online Course - this will be set up at registration.

3. Purchase your instructor manual and student manual. When you register you will receive a link showing you where to purchase these items.


4. Attend the Instructor's Course. We connect over zoom on the day of your instructor course.


Once you become an instructor, we will provide ongoing support for your future classes.

Feel free to call us with any questions you may have or register by phone. 209-219-2223


FAQS about becoming a CPR instructor

As an AHA instructor, what courses can I teach?

There are two different options with the American Heart Association to be able to teach BLS classes and Heartsaver classes. You can choose to become an AHA BLS instructor, which will allow you to teach both BLS and Heartsaver classes. As a BLS instructor, you are at the top of the umbrella to teach the BLS and all of the Heartsaver course options of First Aid, CPR, AED, and bloodborne pathogens courses. If you become an AHA Heartsaver instructor, you can teach a combination of First Aid, CPR, AED, and bloodborne pathogens courses.


What is the difference between BLS and Heartsaver CPR?

BLS stands for Basic Life Support. Although BLS courses are designed for healthcare providers, HeartSaver courses are intended for people who do not work in healthcare but require certification for their employment. Nurses or nursing students, CNAs, physical therapists, dentists, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers are examples of healthcare providers as well as those entering the healthcare field. Those needing an OSHA-approved course, daycare workers needing a state-approved course, or anyone interested in learning CPR are examples of those needing a Heartsaver CPR course. BLS focuses on the use of two rescuers doing CPR and utilizing a team-based approach when performing CPR on the patient. However, HeartSaver is concentrated on resuscitation outcomes that can be achieved by a single rescuer. Besides providing a basic overview of CPR, BLS will also explain rescue breathing, using advanced airways, and how to use a bag-mask device, which is not covered in HeartSaver.


How much does it cost to become a CPR instructor?

The cost of becoming an AHA instructor is the same for both BLS and Heartsaver. You only need to pay for one instructor course. If you become an AHA BLS instructor, you do not have to take separate AHA Heartsaver instructor courses. All of the material for the instructor course is included in the cost of the instructor course. The class material includes the online instructor essentials course, your instructor manual (either BLS or Heartsaver), and one student manual. Other costs not included in the instructor course are the BLS and/or Heartsaver courses videos, manikins, AED trainers, and other class supplies such as face barriers, pocket masks, BVM, and gloves.


Do I need to align with a training center to become an AHA CPR instructor?

To become an AHA instructor, you must align with a training center. As part of the instructor course, you will be aligning with our training center. The ongoing support I provide includes helping you get off to a fast start, answering all of your questions before and after your instructor class, and assisting you in becoming comfortable teaching the material. I am available by phone, text, or email and respond quickly to your questions. We enjoy working with new instructors and can provide as much or as little help as your request.


Among other benefits of joining our training center, you will receive eCards at competitive prices, have a quick turnaround on all ecard orders, be able to teach in any of the 50 US states, and be able to post your community classes class on the AHA class connector. We do not charge recording fees, instructors renewal fees, or instructor transfer fees. You will able to submit your course records and order ecards at your convenience through your instructor portal.


How long does it take to become a CPR instructor?

The requirements will include completing an online course, submitting a candidate application, and having a current American Heart Association certification in BLS or Heartsaver. Before class, you should review the instructor's manual and become familiar with the material. We have a full class scheduled from 2:30 am to 7:30 pm, with breaks throughout the day and time for lunch. Following the class, certain paperwork will need to be completed and submitted. In approximately two to five days, you will receive your instructor card and will be able to begin teaching.


Can I use my own equipment (manikins/AED) for the instructor class?

Yes, you can use your own equipment for the instructor's class. Here is what you will need for the class: Adult Manikin, Infant Manikin, AED trainer, and Ambu bag with masks.


What is an independent AHA BLS Instructor?

An independent AHA BLS Instructor is a professional who teaches CPR procedures to individuals and groups. Being independent, they are self-employed and work separately from an organization, allowing them to set their own class prices and have more flexibility in their schedules.


AHA BLS Instructors teach BLS, Basic Life Support, to those in the healthcare field or those wanting to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Besides BLS, they may also teach other AHA classes, such as Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, and AED. AHA Heartsaver classes are designed for people who need training for their jobs and who are not in the healthcare industry, such as daycare workers, fitness instructors, or those who need to complete OSHA work requirements.


When you become an instructor with us, you will be considered an independent instructor allowing you to teach at your place of employment or start your own business teaching classes, such as setting up your own community classes or teaching employees of other businesses.

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