BLS Instructor

American Heart Association
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Course Description

The American Heart Association Instructor course is designed to designed to prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. There is no question that instructors are the key element in the AHA training network.


The practice of medicine is considered to be both an art and a science. In a similar vein, AHA training involves both “heart” and science. A good AHA instructor is able to teach information and skills and to generate enthusiasm and enlist support of the AHA course goals and objectives, motivating participants to act in emergency situations. AHA instructors are the best tool the AHA has to fulfill its mission- to reduce disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke. The more skilled instructors the AHA ECC Programs have, the more participants will be trained in CPR and ECC. By increasing the number of bystanders prepared and willing to activate the EMS system and provide CPR, early defibrillation, and advanced life support, the AHA will be able to significantly reduce disability and death from heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and stroke.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for individuals competent and comfortable with Basic Life Support skills.  Instructor Candidates must hold current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certification and can teach the Healthcare Provider, Heartsaver, and Friends and Family curriculum upon completion of this program.


American Heart Association instructors must become established with a Training Center to teach courses.

Instructor Certification Process


1.  Online BLS Instructor Essentials:  An access code for the Online BLS Instructor Essentials course will be emailed to you upon registration.  Complete this component prior to attending the instructor course.


2.  BLS Instructor Virtual Live Training:  BLS Instructor training is conducted by Code One’s national faculty in our Zoom virtual conference room.  This is a live, online component which participants must attend at the scheduled time.  Participants learn about the Mission of the American Heart Association, goals for Emergency Cardiovascular Care, affiliation with a Training Center, and the programs that they will be able to instruct as an AHA instructor.  Participants will evaluate skills being performed by video to become familiar with the skills testing process.


3.  Skills and Content Competency:  Instructor candidates will attend a BLS Skills Testing session by appointment at a Code One Training Center.  The instructor candidate will be tested on BLS skills competency and will complete the written exams for BLS Provider and BLS Instructor.


4.  Observation:  Instructor candidates observe BLS class(es) taught by Code One instructors until they feel comfortable teaching the course independently.  This step can be conducted at any Code One Training Center.


5.  Monitoring:  Instructor candidates teach a course independently under the supervision of  Code One Training Center Faculty.  Faculty will evaluate instructor candidate performance against a rubric of requirements from the American Heart Association.  Successful monitoring will result in issuance of a BLS Instructor certification from the American Heart Association.


This step may be completed at a Code One Training Center (included) or off-site for an additional fee.


6.  Affiliation:  BLS Instructors may join an existing training site or establish a new training site.  All instructors must be affiliated with an American Heart Association Training Center to issue certification cards for courses they instruct.


    Follow our Instructor Candidate Checklist and Instructions for guidance on how to obtain the above items and to become an American Heart Association Instructor:  Download Instructor Candidate Checklist and Instructions 


    Course Materials

    Online BLS Instructor Essentials access code, BLS Instructor Virtual Live Training, Skills Competency Session, a pocket mask, monitoring at our training center, and instructor certification card are included in this course.

    Off-site monitoring at a non-Code One course may be available for an additional fee.

    Course Fee

    $350 – Includes all training, course materials, and faculty monitoring session.

    If you have 6 or more participants attending this course, contact us for a group discount.


    Proficient demonstration of skills and a score of 84% or higher on the written examinations are required for certification. Students that do not achieve either of these will be remediated and allowed an additional attempt to test.


    Successful completion of this course and subsequent monitoring results in an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor certification which is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

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