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How to become a cpr instructor

BLS, CPR, and First Aid Instructor

become a cpr instructor
become a cpr instructor

Are you passionate about saving lives, motivated to facilitate learning, and find it easy to make complex concepts understandable to others? You may be a perfect candidate for becoming a CPR instructor!

At Code Blue Training, we believe in helping elevate those who wish to join us in that very same mission of teaching those around us. Let’s discuss what it takes to be an American Heart Association Instructor and the differences between things like BLS, CPR, and First Aid Instructor.

What is a BLS instructor?

Basic Life Support (BLS) instructors are certified to teach adult and child CPR, AED, and first aid classes. Additionally, they can teach the BLS Provider course commonly known as BLS for healthcare providers. To be a successful instructor, you will need to be proficient in BLS skills and comfortable teaching in front of groups. BLS instructors also need good organizational skills to properly facilitate classes and keep track of the required paperwork to properly issue certifications to their students.

become a cpr instructor
become a cpr instructor

As an AHA BLS Instructor, you are allowed to teach:

  • AHA BLS Provider.
  •  AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED.
  •  AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED.
  •  AHA HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED.
  •  AHA Heartsaver for K-12 School.
  •  AHA Heartsaver First Aid Only.
  •  AHA Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens.

As an AHA Heartsaver Instructor, you are allowed to teach:

● AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED.
● AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED.
● AHA HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED.
● AHA Heartsaver for K-12 School.
● AHA Heartsaver First Aid Only.
● AHA Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens.

What is a Heartsaver CPR/AED First Aid Instructor?

The American Heart Association Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for a job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

AHA BLS Instructor or AHA Heartsaver Instructor? Which do I Choose?

If you’re going to be taking an AHA instructor course, we would recommend that you choose to become an AHA BLS Instructor to give you the most class-type options that you will be able to teach. The American Heart Association offers two distinct paths to certification as a BLS Instructor or Heartsaver Instructor. You may opt to become an AHA BLS instructor, allowing you to teach both BLS and Heartsaver classes. As a BLS instructor, you can teach BLS and all Heartsaver course choices, including First Aid, CPR, AED, and bloodborne pathogens. If you become an AHA Heartsaver teacher, you’ll be able to teach various courses, including First Aid,
CPR, AED, and bloodborne pathogens.

How do I become an AHA BLS or Heartsaver instructor?

The first step on your journey to becoming a Basic Life Support or Heartsaver Instructor is to earn your Provider certification. This means you have to take the class as a student. You will be expected to be competent in performing CPR on all ages by yourself as well as with a team. You should know how to use an AED on adults, children, and infants.

While many people already have their provider certification, it is important to make sure you have the appropriate certification for the instructor course you may take. For example, American Heart Association (AHA) instructor candidates will need to have an AHA BLS or Heartsaver certification card.

Next, your instructor trainer will either send you an “Instructor Essentials” course or direct you to purchase the course through the AHA website. This will need to be completed prior to your instructor’s class and takes approximately 1.5 hours. It is completely online and self-paced.

Finally, take your instructor course and be monitored teaching. AHA BLS instructor
classes should last at least 8 hours to adequately cover all the material and give instructor candidates an opportunity to hone their teaching skills.

Selecting a class with an experienced and vetted instructor is so important. It’s not
uncommon to find instructor-led classes offered in shorter or less expensive formats. However, often, people attending these training find themselves ill-equipped to teach or confused about their responsibilities. Understanding your responsibilities as an instructor is crucial for someone issuing certification cards that meet state or medical licensing body requirements. If you are interested in becoming a BLS instructor, you will want to make sure to do it right!

Can I become a BLS instructor online?

As of 2020, the American Heart Association will allow for virtual BLS instructor courses.
However, there are some things to be aware of to make sure you select legitimate training. You will want to first make sure that your course is being taught as an AHA course. There are many people who will advertise that they ‘teach AHA guidelines’ but they are not actually AHA classes.

Currently at the time of writing the AHA is allowing online live virtual courses until 08/31/2023. You will need to purchase all the necessary equipment for the instructo’s class to be performed virtually. You will need to purchase adult and infant CPR manikins with feedback monitors, an adult bag mask, an infant bag mask, a CPR training valve, and an AED trainer.


How much does it cost to become a BLS instructor?

We recommend taking some time to budget for the expenses of becoming a BLS instructor. Doing so will give you time to plan classes and recoup your investment as quickly as possible.

The costs you should expect to incur to become a Basic Life Support Instructor are:

  • AHA Initial BLS Provider Course: $75-$150
  • AHA Instructor Essentials online course: $35
  • AHA Instructor hands-on/classroom course: $250–$600 (varies by location)
  • Monitoring: $0-$150 (some training centers may include this in the classroom coursecost)
  • Total: $360-$935

Here at Code Blue Training, our prices come in under the average cost of the industry to help save you money and get you set up easier!

How & Where can I start my BLS Instructor course?

There are different places and organizations that may teach your instructor course. As an American Heart Association training site, we can also offer this course to you. We will take the time to help you along each step of the process and make sure you feel comfortable teaching. If you would like to take your instructor course with us you can sign up online on our website or call/email for more information. No matter what you choose we believe in supporting people who wish to teach and share knowledge with others and will answer any questions you may have!