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AHA Instructor Courses

So you want to become an AHA Instructor?

Intense training by experienced instructors certified by the American Heart Association as Training Center Faculty and Regional Faculty . All Instructors are currently involved in an EMS agency and have over 50 years of combined experience. The AHA Instructor Course teaches the methods needed to effectively instruct others in resuscitation courses. The AHA requires that Instructor be at least 16 years of age for the Heartsaver and BLS Instructor courses. ACLS and PALS Instructors must be at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where such skills are within the scope of practice.

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Who Should Attend?

The Ideal instructor candidate is motivated to; teach, facilitate learning and ensure students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion. The ideal instructor candidate views student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills.


All Prospective participants in an instructor Course must:

  • Have current Provider status in the discipline they wish to teach
  • Have completed an Instructor Candidate Application
  • Have the most recent edition of the AHA Provider Manual for the discipline they wish to teach
  • Complete the discipline specific Instructor Essentials Online Course

The following are the steps to become an AHA Instructor:

  • Complete the classroom discipline specific Instructor Course
  • Be successfully monitored teaching a course by Training Center Faculty / Regional Faculty