Become a CPR Instructor!


American Heart Association BLS CPR INSTRUCTOR

As a BLS Instructor, you will be certified to teach ALL of the following courses:

BLS for Providers®
Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

COURSE FEE: $250.00


Cancellation & rescheduling policies.


STEP 1 – Successfully complete the American Heart Association BLS PROVIDER course (no other certifications accepted).

STEP 2 – Complete the (1.5 – 2 hours) online BLS Instructor Essentials Course

  • Bring your printed certificate of course completion to your in-person class.
  • Once you have been sent the online course, you are not eligible for a refund.

STEP 3 – Attend the 8-hour BLS Instructor Essentials classroom course.

STEP 4 – Be monitored (skills assessed) teaching a full BLS Provider course within 6 months of attending the hands-on session.

The AHA has defined these 5 core competencies for all instructor candidates:

  1. Skills: Instructors need to demonstrate mastery in all skills for the courses they teach. This includes both the cognitive skills as well as the psycho-motor skills.
  2. Course delivery: Instructors need to teach AHA materials correctly and as outlined in the appropriate Instructor Manual and Lesson Plans.
  3. Testing: Instructors must be able to test students effectively.
  4. Professionalism: Instructors need to maintain a high standard of ethics and professionalism when teaching AHA courses.
  5. Program Administration: Instructors need to be able to manage time, space, materials, and paperwork in compliance with AHA guidelines.


  • You can save money by training your company staff.
  • You can build your resume while supplementing your income.
  • Medical students can certify fellow students.
  • Healthcare Providers can certify co-workers.
  • Childcare Providers can certify their assistants, staff, children’s parents, and their peers.
  • AHA Instructors have reciprocity options with the American Red Cross and ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Instructors must align with an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center for student certificate processing.

  • You may choose to align with any AHA Training Center that will accept you.
  • Students taking our BLS CPR Instructor Course are automatically accepted for alignment with our AHA Training Center (Allied 100, LLC) at no extra cost.
  • If you wish to align with a different AHA Training Center, please bring your Instructor Candidate Application signed by that AHA Training Center Coordinator.


  • American Heart Association® Program Administration (PAM) and Organization (PROAD)
  • Registering on the AHA Instructor Network
  • Navigating the AHA Instructor Network
  • Being an effective instructor
  • Planning to teach the course
  • Acquiring equipment and course materials
  • Classroom setup
  • Conducting a course
  • Course administration
  • Getting your student course completion cards
  • Using feedback as a tool for improvement

BLS Instructor Resources

BLS Instructor Essentials Online Course Resources

BLS Instructor Course Pre-class Checklist

BLS Instructor Candidate Application

BLS Instructor Candidate Workbook

AHA Program Organization and Administration (PROAD)

BLS Instructor Monitoring Fees

Assessing Instructor Competency

AHA Instructor Monitoring Tool

BLS Provider DVD set

AHA Book Policy Memo

AHA Instructor Renewal Checklist

Instructor Records Transfer Request


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