Heartsaver Instructor

American Heart Association
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Course Description

The American Heart Association Heartsaver 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 Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, and AED skills.  Instructor Candidates must hold current American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification and may teach Heartsaver and Friends and Family curriculum upon completion of the instructor program.


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

Instructor Certification Process


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


2.  Heartsaver Instructor Course:  The instructor course will consist of verification of Heartsaver First Aid and CPR skills through a written exam and skills testing session.  Instructor candidates will learn the types of courses offered and the organizational structure of theAmerican Heart Association.  Instructor candidates are scheduled for observation sessions.


3.  Observation:  Instructor candidates observe as many Heartsaver courses taught by Code One instructors until they feel comfortable teaching independently.  This step can be conducted at any Code One Training Center.


4.  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 Heartsaver 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.


5.  Affiliation:  Heartsaver Instructors may join an existing training site within their workplace or organization  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.




To register for Instructor Training, you will need:

  1. PDF of your AHA Provider certification
  2. Instructor Candidate Application signed by your AHA Training Center Coordinator
  3. AHA Instructor ID number

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

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 a fee (dependent on time, location, and availability of training center faculty).

Course Fee

$300 – Includes pocket mask and two year American Heart Association Heartsaver Instructor certification upon successful completion of monitoring.

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.


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