Thank you for your interest in becoming an American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor. CPR Professionals takes great pride in our role of developing and mentoring instructors. We have trained hundreds of instructors to confidently and professionally present this incredibly valuable information.
The following is a brief outline of what is involved in becoming an AHA instructor.
*We are currently only able to provide Instructor training in Colorado.*
First and foremost, we must clarify a common misconception about this training and what it is designed to do. Instructor training is simply training on how to become an instructor. It is not designed to make you an expert in the subject matter. Becoming an expert in the subject matter generally takes years of education and years of teaching.
However, it's alright if you're not yet an expert in the subject matter. The way the video mediated classes are designed, your role initially is more of a class facilitator, coach and motivator to your students. The video does most of the teaching for you. Over time, as you become more comfortable and knowledgeable with the material, you will be better able to answer questions and expand on the curriculum.
The following is a brief outline of what's involved in instructor training.
Any individual interested in becoming an instructor must hold a current "Provider Level" certification from the AHA (meaning you hold a current First Aid and/or CPR certification).
You'll be asked to present a copy of this certification during your instructor training.
The first step of Instructor training is the AHA's on-line Essentials course.
If you're a BLS Instructor, follow this link to complete the Essentials course.
Next, we will meet with you individually for a Training Center Orientation. We will explain your role and responsibilities as an instructor, our responsibility as your training center, the hierarchy of the AHA and all the administrative components involved in being an instructor.
Finally, if you're an individual going through instructor training, you will join us for one of our classes as an assistant instructor. This will give you an opportunity to ease into the role of an instructor. If we are conducting training for your small group, we will preview the video in depth discussing various facets of the class, teaching techniques and practice teaching different components of the class.
Once these requirements have been met the instructor will be able to teach on their own. However, if an instructor wishes, they may assist with as many additional classes as they want. CPR Professionals' role as the instructors Training Center is continuous support. We simply wish to give instructors every resource possible so they feel comfortable and confident teaching this material.
The cost of Instructor Training is $300.00.
This cost does not included the American Heart Association Essentials course or the Instructor Manual.
BLS (Healthcare Provider) instructors will need to order the following: