Instructor Courses

The Instructor Certification Course is designed to prepare Instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of the resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses.  Instructor Candidates may choose between two disciplines:  Heartsaver Instructor or Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor. A current Provider card in the discipline (i.e., BLS, Heartsaver) you wish to teach is required. 

Heartsaver Instructor Course: designed for individuals who wish to instruct non medical personnel (i.e., child care givers, security guards, baby sitters, teachers, adult care givers).  Heartsaver Instructors may not teach Healthcare Providers, only non-healthcare.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor COURSE: designed for individuals who wish to instruct those who provide healthcare to patients in a wide variety of settings (i.e., in-hospital and out-of-hospital, dental offices, physicians offices, home healthcare agencies).

The Instructor Course is approximately six to eight hours. The focus is on interactive learning and evaluation as well as understanding the guidelines, standards, and educational objectives outlined in the Instructor Manual and the American Heart Association organization. Each instructor candidate is required to be monitored in a course in the appropriate discipline upon completion of the Instructor course.  The monitoring process is usually facilitated by your Training Center. The Training Center will not issue an Instructor card until a satisfactory monitoring has been completed.  If needed, multiple monitoring may be required.  This is to insure all instructors are proficient and feel completely comfortable to teach ALL Heartsaver courses offered by the American Heart Association.

*HeartStarts limits the Instructor Course to 4-6 candidates.  You may cancel up until two weeks before the class. Cancellation with less than two week’s notice will result in forfeiture of your registration fee.

*HeartStarts will teach a private Instructor course if there are 3 or more participants.

COST: $400.00 


Demonstrate instructor potential by exhibiting the following:

1) A strong desire to teach.

2) Competent performance and problem-solving skills.

3) Ability to follow directions and follow through with tasks.

4) Ability to communicate effectively in front of group.

5) Teach a minimum of two courses per year.


1) Register for the Instructor Course using our on-line calendar.

2) Complete the AHA Instructor Candidate Application, with appropriate signatures.

3) Become aligned with an AHA Training Center (for more information contact HeartStarts)

4) Forward a copy of your current (G2010) Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED card (front and back) or your Healthcare Provider card. Cards issued prior to G2010 require a new course.

5) Participant must have exemplary CPR skills to participate in the Instructor course. We, therefore, require a Skills Check Off before the Instructor Course.  The Skills Check Off will take approximately thirty (30) minutes. Anyone who has taken the Heartsaver AED course with HeartStarts, LLC within the last three months is not required to take the Skills Check.  All others may register on-line for a Skills Check or contact HeartStarts for a time to complete the skills check prior to class.

6) Complete the Core Instructor course, either on-line or with a CD and produce the completion certificate prior to the classroom portion of the course. Cost:  $25.00

7) Order your Instructor Manual(s) and review them prior to class, you must bring them to the instructor course.

Monitoring and Mentoring

Each instructor candidate is required to be monitored while teaching a Heartsaver AED or Healthcare Provider course upon completion of the Instructor Course.  The monitoring process is facilitated by your Training Center.  The Training Center will issue an Instructor card upon completion of a satisfactory monitoring (multiple monitoring sessions may be required and are not seen as punitive but as part of the mentoring process.

Our goal is for each Candidate to become an expert in communicating instructional knowledge and skills consistent with the American Heart Association standards and guidelines for quality assurance.