American Heart Association Course Instructor Classes

These classes are to prepare individuals to become instructors in BLS for Healthcare Provider/ Heartsaver, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support or Pediatric Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.

ACLS and PALS Instructor candidates must be at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where such skills are within the provider scope of practice. BLS/Heartsaver Instructor candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

The ideal instructor candidate must be motivated to teach, motivated to facilitate learning and motivated to ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion.

An AHA instructor should continuously view student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills.

Process to Achieve Instructor Certification

  1. Submit an application and obtain approval for alignment with an AHA Training Center.
  2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for the instructor course you wish to attend.
  3. Successfully complete the discipline specific (Heartsaver, BLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS) on-line instructor course and print the certificate.*
  4. Successfully complete discipline specific classroom portion of the instructor course.
  5. Successfully complete being monitored teaching the first course within six months of completing the classroom portion of the instructor course.

*The AHA Instructor Essentials Course can be purchased through or any of the distributors (Channing-Bete, Laerdal, Worldpoint). Product numbers for each Instructor Essentials course are listed below:

90-1428 PEARS Instructor Essentials
90-1429 BLS Instructor Essentials
90-1430 PALS Instructor Essentials
90-1431 Heartsaver Instructor Essentials
90-1432 ACLS Instructor Essentials


Candidates will be able to teach a BLS, Heartsaver, ACLS or PALS course using the video and lesson maps that are part of the course instructor materials. Candidates will also be able to use the most current testing materials to conduct skills testing.

Cost: $200 per participant 

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