BLS Instructor Course:
This course is intended for Healthcare Professionals who wish to educate others in American Heart Association BLS and Heartsaver CPR programs.
The Instructor Candidate must:
Currently have or obtain a provider card within the last 6 months in the discipline(s) for which the candidate is interested in teaching and be proficient in all skills.
All instructor candidates need to be accepted by an AHA Training Center before enrolling in an instructor program (the TC hosting the course may not necessarily be the same as the primary designated TC).
Complete an Instructor Candidate Application to be on file with the accepting primary Training Center.
Successfully complete the appropriate discipline-specific online Instructor Essentials course. Student shall bring the certificate of completion to the classroom session and a hands-on session conducted by TCF. (An Instructor Candidate Workbook may be secured from the TC or from eLearning.Heart.org.
Register on the ahainstructorNetwork.org and be accepted and approved by a primary Training Center for issuance of their Instructor ID number from the Network, which must be used to issue course completion cards/ecards
Instructor candidates shall be monitored teaching their first course within six months of the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. NorthStar requires all instructor candidates to be mentored prior to monitoring.
BLS Instructor manual and student textbook are required for the instructor course and are included in the cost of this course. Heartsaver Instructor manuals and textbooks are at an additional charge and may be purchased from our website.
On the morning of class all instructor candidates shall complete the AHA required skills assessments and written exam. Any candidate who fails any portion of the skills or written exam shall not be remediated. Candidates who fail any portion will not be eligible to complete the course at this time.
The minimum age to become an AHA Instructor is now 18 years, and all AHA instructor candidates must be at least 18 years old to be accepted into an AHA instructor course. This update is due to the requirement that all instructors align with the AHA Instructor Network website, and the AHA cannot collect information on minors under the age of 18 years.
This information updates all previous materials for the age requirement to become an AHA Instructor, including the BLS and Heartsaver Instructor Candidate Workbooks and information in the core section of the BLS/Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Course. AHA Faculty must ensure that all instructor candidates are 18 years old before accepting them into an instructor course.
The AHA has defined these 5 core competencies for all instructor candidates:
Skills: Instructors need to demonstrate mastery in all skills for the courses they teach. This includes both the cognitive skills as well as the psychomotor skills.
Course delivery: Instructors need to teach AHA materials correctly and as outlined in the appropriate Instructor Manual and Lesson Plans.
Testing: Instructors must be able to test students effectively.
Professionalism: Instructors need to maintain a high standard of ethics and professionalism when teaching AHA courses.
Program Administration: Instructors need to be able to manage time, space, materials, and paperwork in compliance with AHA guidelines.
The 5 steps of the AHA Instruction Cycle are prepare, teach, test and remediate, close, and keep current
To Register for the BLS Instructor, please select the date you will attend and then click Add to Cart.
* A 25% non-refundable cancellation fee will be applied to all courses cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. Textbooks are nonrefundable. Should a student cancel the course and requests a refund, the cost of textbook, shipping, plus the cancellation fee will be deducted from course fee to be refunded.