AHA Instructor

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AHA Instructor

This course will prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended-learning course formats. This Instructor Essentials course educates participants on how to adequately use instructor teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses.

We have organized our faculty guides to provide this introductory section, which discusses the basic logistics for conducting any AHA Instructor Essentials course. The remaining Parts of this guide cover course-specific information.

Educational Design

The Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format. To become an AHA Instructor, candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on 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, faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA Instructors by focusing on in-depth material about the 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. Review the steps to become an instructor in the next section.

Steps to Become an Instructor

There are 4 steps to become an AHA Instructor. For successful completion, instructor candidates must

  1. Be accepted by an AHA Training Center (TC) before enrolling in an Instructor Essentials Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that TC

  2. Have current AHA Provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Essentials Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline

  3. Successfully complete the Instructor Essentials Course, including both the online and hands-on session

  4. Successfully be monitored teaching within 6 months after completing the hands-on session of the Instructor

    Essentials Course (Training Center Coordinators [TCCs] may require additional monitoring, if needed)

AHA Instructor Community

Once you become an AHA Instructor, you will have immediate access to our Instructor Community, a networking site where you can connect with your fellow AHA Instructors to exchange knowledge, information and expertise, or to ask us questions directly. Our hope is that you explore the site and begin to share ideas, discuss the latest trends in CPR training and give us feedback so we can partner with you to provide outstanding training and save more lives.

What can you do in the AHA Instructor Community?

  • Participate in or start discussion forums

  • Post and comment on blogs

  • Chat with colleagues, share stories and photos, ask and answer questions

  • List local events and view AHA national events

  • Access resources to promote your CPR and ECC training

  • Earn “badges” based on your activity in the community

  • Connect with friends

  • Join groups based on your Instructor discipline(s)

  • And more! We’ll continually adjust the site to add new features based on your input.

While the Instructor Community is your space, we will be listening to your opinions so that we can learn more about your needs and wants as a provider of lifesaving training.


We train you as if you were going to take care of our friends & family.

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