The American Heart Association is always seeking professionals to conduct training in first aid, CPR, AED, and advanced cardiovascular care. If you are passionate about saving lives, motivated to facilitate learning, feel comfortable in group settings, and find it easy to make complex concepts understandable to others, you may be a perfect candidate to become an instructor! Successful instructors can be healthcare professionals, first responders, or community members. Many of our 400,000 plus Instructors enjoy careers in nursing, EMS, education, health and fitness, and corporate safety. Find out more about becoming an instructor below!

Three Reasons Why YOU Should Become a CPR Instructor

  1. Teaching is a great way to keep your knowledge up-to-date and increase your skills
  2. Boost your resume with American Heart Association Instructor credentials
  3. Teach for your employer, co-workers, organization, community, or even start your own business

How to Become a CPR Instructor?

  1. You need a current AHA provider card in the discipline that you want to become an instructor.
  2. Complete the appropriate instructor course
  3. Successfully be monitored teaching within three months of completing the discipline-specific classroom instructor course
    • Disciplines:
      • Heartsaver CPR
      • BLS
      • PALS
      • ACLS

Note: BLS Instructor Status is a prerequisite to being and ACLS or PALS Instructor.


  • Instructor Course Fees: $299
  • BLS Instructor Course Manual: $70
  • Instructor Essentials: A Discipline-Specific On-Line Course Prerequisite $40

Additional Information

  • Instructor essentials course and provider cards for the discipline you are taking instructor course form must be completed prior to class.
  • Class Length: 8 Hours + 4 Hour Student Teaching Session on a Future Date
  • American Heart Association BLS Instructor Card received after being monitored
  • CEU’s (8) available for: RM, RT, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, and Dental


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