BLS Instructor Course

BLS Instructor

 American Heart Association BLS Instructor Certification
Course Description
The BLS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format.  To become an AHA BLS Instructor, candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on in class session, which is classroom based.  The online portion of the course contains both core content and discipline-specific modules to prepare the instructor candidates for the hands-on session.  In the classroom, our Faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA instructors by focusing on the in-depth material about the Heartsaver and BLS disciplines that candidates will be teaching.  The hands-on session includes instruction, practice, and an exam, allowing instructor candidates to successfully use their instructor materials and skills.

As a BLS Instructor, candidates will also be able to teach the following courses:

  • BLS- Basic Life Support (for Healthcare Providers)
  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
  • Heartsaver CPR AED
  • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
Prerequisites for Instructor Candidates
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider course completion card (no other BLS certifications will be accepted)
  • Be proficient in the skills of BLS
  • Complete the BLS Instructor Essentials Online
  • Align with an American Heart Association Training Center accepting new students
Course Content
  • Overview of New Science-2015 Guidelines
  • Instructor Network
  • Heartsaver Instructor Materials and Equipment
  • BLS Instructor Materials and Equipment
  • Organizing and Teaching Courses
  • Written Exam/ Skills Testing
  • Instructor Renewal
  • Training Center Specifics
  • HeartCode BLS and Blended Learning
  • Hands-Only CPR
  • Manikin Maintenance and Decontamination
Certification Requirements
To receive certification AHA BLS Instructor candidates must:

  • Step 1: Have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider course completion card
  • Step 2: Complete the BLS Instructor Essentials Online course
  • Step 3: Become aligned with our Training Center
  • Step 4: Complete the in-class hands-on session conducted by BLS Training Center Faculty
  • Step 5: Successfully be monitored teaching within 6 months of completing the hands-on session of the Instructor Essentials course

Candidates who successfully complete the steps listed above will receive a BLS Instructor certification, valid for two years.

Course Fee
  • BLS Instructor Course Fee: $225
Additional Fees
Class Schedule & Registration
Classes Date Day Time Location
Sold Out First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor - Red Cross January 7, 2019 Monday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Register First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor - Red Cross January 28, 2019 Monday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Register First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor - Red Cross February 25, 2019 Monday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm

Online Instructor Pre-course

Prior to the in-class date, all participants must complete an online pre-course thru the Red Cross Learning Center. The Red Cross fee for the online course is $35 which in addition to the class fee.

Note: You will not be able to continue in the class if you have not completed the Online Precourse & Orientation by the first class meeting.

Steps to complete the online Instructor Pre-Course

  • Click the link below that corresponds with your correct class dates, if the link does not open please copy and paste the URL in your web browser.
Class Date Online Course Link Offering ID
Feb 5, 2018 05431375
Mar 12, 2018 05438260
Apr 23, 2018 05435835
May 14, 2018 05435850
Jun 11, 2018 05435863
Jul 16, 2018 05435921
Aug 13, 2018 05435935
Sep 17, 2018 05435939
Oct 29, 2018 05435867
Nov 19, 2018 05436075
Dec 10, 2018 05436089
  • Once you are logged in and on the Create Order page, you will see the course has been added to your cart.
  • Click “Confirm” on the Create Order Page.
  • Select Credit Card as the method of payment, enter your credit card information and click “Place Order” at the bottom of the page.

You are now enrolled for the Online Course.

  • You may launch the content by clicking the “Go To My Enrollments” button, then click the “Launch” link next to the appropriate course or, you may log in at a later time.
  • A new window will appear. Click on the link to launch the course.
  • When finished, print the certificate of completion and bring it to the class.

Tip for running the online course

  • The online course cannot be taken on a tablet or smartphone. To properly run the online course you must use a Flash-enabled computer with a high-speed connection.

Have questions or need help?

  • Please call our office at 714-602-9796 during business hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, if we do not answer (we are most likely teaching a class) so please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL!

Download the Course Materials

Instructor candidates must obtain (download or print) the following course materials:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Bulletin
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor’s Manual
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Participant’s Manual
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Ready Reference – Adult and Pediatric Versions
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Course Presentation – Adult and Pediatric Version (see download instructions)

These materials are available in digital format on the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Candidates page. Print versions of these materials are available for purchase from the Red Cross Store.

What to Bring to Class

The following items are REQUIRED for the class:

  • Proof that you are at least 16 years old (photo ID)
  • Current American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification or equivalent
  • Printed Class Forms
  • Online Pre-Course completion report
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Bulletin
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor’s Manual
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Participant’s Manual
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Ready Reference – Adult and Pediatric Versions
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Course Presentation – Adult and Pediatric Version
  • Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks (may be purchased at class for $15/set)

Print Your Certification

Once the Red Cross has approved the course record, participants will be able to print their certification thru the Red Cross Learning Center.

To print your certification follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username and password (the same user name and password you sign up for the online course)
  3. Click “My Learning” tab (top navigation)
  4. Click “My Transcript” under My Learning (left navigation)
  5. Set the Completion after and before dates accordingly; and click the “Search” button
  6. Click “Print Certificate of Completion” under Completion Status next to course you took
  7. A digital certificate will appear in a new window, click “Print”

If you require a wallet size certificate card or you need assistance logging in to your account or printing your certification, please contact the American Red Cross Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Additionally, if you ever lose your certification, you can log on and reprint it from your account.

Note: We are unable to reset your password, print your certificate or access your account, please contact the Red Cross for assistance.

Program Policies

Program Policies for Instructor Courses

Refund Policy: Class fees are nonrefundable and no refunds will be issued once fees have been submitted. Class materials and supplies such as course manuals and textbooks, CPR masks and all other class supplies are nonrefundable.

Transfer Policy: The class transfer fee is $150.00 and registered participants are required to complete a Online Transfer Request at least 72 hours prior to the class date in order to be eligible to transfer. Transfers will only be granted if space is available in a future class with-in 60 days of the original class date. Only (1) transfer is allowed per registration.

No Show Policy: If a registered participant is a no-show and absent from their scheduled class, the participant will not receive a refund of any kind and is not eligible for a class transfer.

Cancelled Class Policy: CPR Training Professionals reserves the right to cancel classes as needed. In the event a class is canceled registered participants will be offered a transfer to a different class at no additional charge or a full refund.

Visitor Policy: Only registered class participants are allowed in the classroom during training. All visitors must wait in the parking lot.

Replacement Certificate Policy: The replacement certificate fee is $25. To request a replacement certificate call (714) 602-9796.