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AHA Instructor classes

Prior approval is required to register for an instructor class.  If you are interested in registering, please call or email us with information on your background and who you plan to teach. 

Price:  $395 /  Non-Profit Rate:  $295

Certification as an American Heart Association Instructor involves the following steps:

1.  Completion of the In-Person Instructor course (hands-on course)

2.  Completion of the On-Line Essentials course (self-paced On-Line course)

3.  Course Observation at a BLS or Heartsaver CPR & AED class  (This step is recommended but it is optional.  If you are an experienced teacher and prefer to skip this step, you may do so.  Alternatively, if you would like to observe more than one class before teaching on your own, you are welcome to. )

4.  Course Monitoring at a BLS or Heartsaver CPR & AED Class

Description:  Participants will learn about the format of AHA classes, how to demonstrate CPR skills according to American Heart Association guidelines, how to correct faulty CPR performance, and how to fairly and accurately evaluate student performance. While you will not learn CPR during the Instructor course, it will be reviewed and CPR competency will be evaluated. It is expected that you have good CPR skills and the ability to speak to groups. Attention will be paid to the current guidelines and the addition of Hands-Only CPR. You will gain familiarity with AHA video instruction, hands-on practice, and instructor led discussions. All available AHA materials will be available for you to review, as well as manikins, AED trainers, and other training equipment.

Time: Training consists of a one day (8 Hour) classroom course, a 4-hour self-directed CD-ROM course, and student teaching requirements.

Course Completion Card: Participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR Instructor card that is valid for two years and will be able to teach:

  • CPR & AED (adult / child / infant)
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers*
  • Basic First Aid
  • Pediatric First Aid
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Family & Friends CPR

To maintain your certification, you are required to teach at least two classes per year and submit completed rosters to our office within 3 days of each class (unless previous arrangements have been made).  Bi-annual class observation and site visits are required to renew your certification.  Participation in any guideline changes and updates are also required as they become available.

Prerequisite: Current American Heart Association CPR Card.  If you plan to teach classes for healthcare providers, you must have the AHA BLS Card.*  If you plan to teach Heartsaver Level classes only, the Heartsaver CPR / AED Certification is required.

After we receive your registration, we will contact you by email with your confirmation and paperwork that you will need to complete. Payment and registration must be received prior to the class.  Please call anytime with questions regarding Instructor Certification.

Additional Expenses:   Our annual affiliation fee is $65.  This can be discounted in cases of financial need.  So that you can plan ahead, the cost for the instructor materials are as follows:

     The BLS for Healthcare Providers instructor kit is $110. 

     The Layperson Heartsaver CPR / AED / First Aid instructor kit is $245. 

     The Pediatric CPR / AED / First Aid instructor kit is:  $130.

     The Bloodborne Pathogen Instructor Kit is $35. 

In addition to the above, unless you already have access to it, you will need adult/ 
child manikins and infant manikins, pocket masks, bag-valve masks (if teaching healthcare
provider classes), and an AED Trainer.  

For a complete price list, please contact us.  Equipment can also be rented from our office as needed.

AHA Disclaimer – The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association.  Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.