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Educational Design

The American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Instructor Course is taught in a blended-learning format and includes the optional Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED instructor content. To become an AHA BLS Instructor, candidates must complete the online portion (BLS Instructor Essentials Course), followed by the hands-on session (commonly called an instructor class). The online portion of the course contains both core content and discipline-specific modules to prepare the instructor candidates for the hands-on session. The classroom-based instructor class then merges the online segment with faculty knowledge and skills. In the classroom, faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA Instructors by focusing on in-depth material about the Heartsaver and BLS disciplines that candidates will be teaching. The hands-on session includes instruction, practice, and an exam, allowing instructor candidates to use their instructor materials and skills successfully. As a BLS Instructor, candidates will also teach any course within the Heartsaver portfolio.

Who Can Attend?

This American Heart Association BLS instructor course is an intensive course designed for instructor candidates who have already completed the BLS Provider Course. Healthcare providers’ roles and scope of practice can vary greatly, so there are no profession-specific guidelines for becoming an AHA BLS Instructor. Instructor candidates should exemplify integrity, demonstrate strong ethics, communicate clearly, and model a dedication to the quality of the training set forth by the AHA and the CPR Training Company.

All AHA instructor candidates must meet certain requirements before taking the instructor course. Before attending the classroom-based instructor class, all instructor candidates must

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a current AHA BLS Provider course completion card
  • Be proficient in the skills they will teach
  • Complete an Online Instructor Essentials Course
  • Be monitored teaching a class within six months of the instructor's class

Instructor course faculty will measure and observe the proficiency of each candidate’s BLS skills, and instructor candidates who do not meet proficiency standards will need to attend another instructor course. Contact our instructor candidate coordinator if you have any questions about prerequisites and proficiency assessments. 

Where Can I Teach?

You can teach anywhere in the United States. You can teach a virtual class from anywhere in the world so long as the class is approved and the learner is physically located in the United States.

Take the Next Step

Explore our course calendar to determine when our next AHA Instructor class will occur. We also conduct onsite AHA Instructor courses for corporations looking to develop several instructors at one time.