The Basic Life Support Instructor program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of teaching Basic Life Support to a variety of audiences. The program offers a two-year instructorship through the American Heart Association. Successful completion of this course allows the participant to teach Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS), Heartsaver First Aid, CPR/AED, Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED, Blodborne Pathogens, and Family and Friends CPR.
This program consists of a one-day classroom session detailing administrative policies, the practice-while-watching system, and other logistics of training. After the classroom session students must be monitored successfully teaching two Basic Life Support provider courses under the supervision of a faculty member. Both monitored classes must be completed within six (6) months of the classroom session.
Audience: Anyone who wants to become an American Heart Association BLS Instructor can take this course. The ideal candidate will be motivated to
- Facilitate learning
- Ensure that providers acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion
- View provider assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills
- Please contact Training Center Faculty for a brief telephone interview before registering at 808-624-8277.
- Current (Unexpired) American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification card (New 2015 Guidelines).
- Current (Unexpired) American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification card for Adult, Child & Infant (New 2015 Guidelines).
- Letter of recommendation from an AHA Training Center Coordinator willing to accept Instructor Candidate.
- Instructor Candidate Application on file with candidate's AHA Training Center.
- Exemplary BLS Healthcare Provider skills and Heartsaver CPR and first aid skills (see list of required skills below)
- Ability to pass the BLS written exam and the Heartsaver CPR and First Aid written exam.
- Ability to pass a BLS Instructor written exam.
- Alignment with an AHA Training Center: students must speak with an AHA Training Center Coordinator and get their alignment approved before attending the Instructor Course.
Required Skill Proficiencies: (must be correctly demonstrated at the start of the instructor course)
- 1 rescuer adult CPR (BLS Course)
- 2 rescuer adult CPR with AED (BLS Course)
- 1 rescuer infant CPR (BLS Course)
- 2 rescuer infant CPR (BLS Course)
- Lay rescuer adult CPR (Heartsaver CPR)
- Lay rescuer infant CPR (Heartsaver CPR)
- Glove removal (Heartsaver CPR)
- Finding the Problem (Heartsaver First Aid)
- Epi-Pen administration (Heartsaver First Aid)
- Control of severe bleeding (Heartsaver First Aid)
BLS Instructor materials are NOT included in the cost of the class. The items you will need to teach BLS are available in one package:
- 2015 BLS Instructor Package - # 15-1012
- BLS Instructor Package includes the following:
- BLS Instructor Manual (product #15-1009; includes manual, Lesson Plans, the BLS Instructor CD and divider tabs)
- BLS Provider Manual (product #15-1010; includes manual and BLS Reference Card)
- BLS Course DVD Set (product #15-1011)
If you will also be teaching Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED classes you will also need the Heartsaver Instructor materials. You can also purchase the Heartsaver Instructor Package below.
- 2015 Heartsaver Instructor Package
- Heartsaver Instructor Package includes the following:
- Heartsaver First Aid, CPR AED Instructor Manual (product #15-1023; includes manual, Lesson Plans, the Heartsaver Instructor CD and divider tabs)
- Heartsaver First Aid, CPR AED Provider Manual (product #15-1018; includes manual and reference cards)
- Heartsaver First Aid, CPR AED Course DVD Set (product #15-1019)
Certification: Upon completion of Instructor course and Training Center Faculty's monitoring of your teaching of two provider courses to AHA standards, Instructor Candidates will receive a certification card valid for two years.
Instructors must teach at least 2 classes each year, be monitored at least twice durring the first year, and then at least once per year thereafter, and attend any required instructor update programs to maintain certification.
All AHA Instructors must be aligned with a Training Center to teach AHA courses and to have certification cards issued to their students.
Registration is limited to 9 students for this class.
Course Completion Time: Approximately 8 Hours
Successful completion is based on achievement of the core learning objectives and skills demonstration rather than a prescribed instruction time. Actual class times may vary.
Beverages & Snacks: We have beverages and snacks available throughout the course.
Meal Break: The class includes a designated lunch / dinner break.
Certification Period: 2 Years
In order for us to teach this class there must be at least 4 students. If there are not at least 4 students signed up for this class we will not be able to properly teach the class. In the rare event that this happens we will have to reschedule the class. We will try to give notice via email at least 24-hours before the class.