American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor Certification
Class Description: This course has been updated to include the latest ECC Guidelines and provides instructor candidates with the skills and knowledge to teach the American Red Cross basic-level First Aid, CPR and AED courses.

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Possess current basic-level American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certification or equivalent
  • Complete an online orientation to the American Red Cross
  • Complete the online Instructor Pre-course thru the Red Cross learning center
Certification: American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, valid for 2 years
Class Schedule & Registration
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the course, instructor candidates should be thoroughly familiar with the program materials and should be able to:

  • Exhibit the characteristics required of an American Red Cross representative and role model.
  • Conduct courses in a manner that helps participants to stay engaged in the learning process.
  • Perform applicable first aid, CPR and AED skills at an appropriate skill level.
  • Ensure participants’ health and safety during training.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records and reports.
  • Plan, organize and conduct the first aid, CPR and AED courses in accordance with the requirements of the specific class they will be teaching.
  • Monitor participants’ practice and provide corrective feedback and encouragement that is consistent with the skill chart.
  • Recognize that the requirements in the skill assessment tool are criteria for ascertaining the proficiency of a participant’s performance.
  • Choose the appropriate course and materials to meet the specific training needs of participants or groups.

Online Instructor Pre-course

Prior to the in-class date, all participants must complete an online pre-course thru the Red Cross Learning Center.

You will receive a separate email from the Red Cross with information to complete the online portion of the class. Please read the email carefully and follow the link in the email to complete the online portion before the classroom session.

If you signed up for the class last minute and did not receive the online course information, please reply to your registration confirmation email or call our office immediately. Otherwise, we will assist you at the start of the classroom session.

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 are required to download, print or purchase the following manuals and materials for the course. Participants may bring the materials to class in either digital format on a laptop, iPad or tablet, or printed hard copy.

To download, click each link below:

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.

Practice Teaching Assignments

Each Instructor Candidate must complete three Practice Teaching Assignments during the class.

Download & Print: Practice Teaching Assignment Forms

You will receive an email with your assigned Practice Teaching Assignments and instructions to prepare for teaching your assigned topics/skills. If you do not receive the email at least 3 days before your scheduled class please contact our office at 714-602-9796.

Note: We are not required to provide your practice teaching assignments before the class, we do this as a courtesy to help Instructor Candidates prepare ahead of time. Not receiving an email or not checking your email is NOT an acceptable excuse for rescheduling a class. Practice teaching assignments will be assigned at the start of the class for those who didn’t receive the email.

If you decide to leave the class for any reason, you will NOT receive a refund and will NOT be eligible to transfer to a different class.

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 CPR/AED certification or equivalent
  • Online Pre-Course completion report
  • Class Reg/Waiver Form (printed)
  • Practice Teaching Assignments/Class Forms (printed)
  • Instructions for New (First-Time) First Aid-CPR-AED Instructor Candidates
  • 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 $20/set)

Print Your Certification

Once the Red Cross has approved the course record (within 5 business days), digital certificates can be accessed through your Red Cross account.

To Access Your Certificate Online:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your email address (make sure it is the same email that you register for the class with).
  3. Click Find and you will be directed to your digital certificate.
  4. From here you can print, download and share as needed.

Please note that certificate records are kept for 3 years. Should you require the link to your digital certificate or a printed certificate sent from the American Red Cross, contact us at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompts for Health and Safety Training.

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.

Class Space is Limited: If a registered participant decides to leave the class for any reason, they will NOT receive a refund and will NOT be eligible to transfer to a different class.

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.

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