How to become an AHA BLS ACLS PALS instructor – 2021 best guide

If you have been to an American heart association training programs and was wondering how to become an AHA BLS ACLS PALS instructor, read this guide.

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Eligibility

Age : 18 yrs plus (As AHA is not allowed to collect information of minors)

Provider first : You must hold a valid provider (card) status for the course in which you are trying to become an instructor.

How to become an AHA BLS ACLS PALS instructor
AHA authorized training center

Find an ITC : See which ITC (International Training Center) is ready to take you in. The TC hosting the course may not necessarily be the same as the primary designated TC). If you have done your provider course from ITC named ABC and now want to become an instructor at an ITC named XYZ, you should get a signature from your ABC ITC who believes in your instructor potential.

Instructor potential : What is considered an instructor potential?

Score of 84% or higher on the provider written examination AND at least 1 of the following options:

  • Has been identified as having instructor potential during performance in a provider course
  • Has demonstrated instructor potential during a screening evaluation
  • Has demonstrated exemplary performance of provider skills under my direct observation

Apply : Complete an Instructor Candidate Application and submit to the ITC

Instructor essentials : Successfully complete the appropriate discipline-specific online Instructor Essentials course. Make sure to bring the certificate of completion while coming to the course. (Ask your ITC on how to access it – Instructor Essentials courses/TCs may be located at www.heart.org/cpr Some ITCs will buy them for you and some might ask you to buy yourself.)

Register on AHA-IN : Register on the Instructor network and be accepted and approved by their primary Training Center for issuance of their Instructor ID number from the Network, which must be used to issue course completion cards/ecards.

Course Fee

The instructor course requires purchasing materials from the AHA and the ITC needs to compensate for the faculty’s time and location charges etc. Giving an exact amount is not possible as these change from place to place. Meaning, apart from what AHA charges, the ITC will add some charges on it’s own.

Changing ITC

If you move to another city, you may choose to stay aligned with the same ITC and teach at other ITCs as guest instructor. But a guest instructor cannot be the lead instructor for a course. In such cases, if your move is permanent and you want to change your primary ITC to another ITC in your locality, you can simply request the new ITC to accept you and your old ITC must submit your records to the New ITC.

Status maintenance

Once you become an instructor, it’s not a permanent status. You must meet the criteria to be renewed every 2 yrs. If not, the ITC may refuse to renew your instructor status.

  • Teach at least 4 courses in 2 years in accordance with the guidelines of the AHA
  • Strengthen and support the Chain of Survival and the mission of the AHA in my community
  • Conduct myself in accordance with the ECC Leadership Code of Conduct
  • Avoid any perception of conflict of interest in accordance with the AHA Statement of Conflict of Interest

The ITC can still renew if the ITC thinks you are a good instructor even if you fail to teach 4 courses in 2 years.

Teaching a course

As you’ve read above, you must teach 4 courses in 2 years. That doesn’t mean you need to stay throughout the course. You may attend a course and teach the portion allotted to you. Say if you are going to BLS instructor led course, you can teach only Adult BLS and leave if there are enough instructors, and others can teach Infant BLS or Choking.

Divide the course into components and teach. This varies between ITCs and you should ask them if they agree for this.

You must carry the instructor manual to the course you are teaching and make sure your teaching sessions are being updated in CPRverify portal which can serve as a proof of teaching, so that you don’t have to maintain a separate record.

Find a course

If you have become an instructor with one ITC, you can teach courses for another ITC as a guest instructor. This is especially useful if the ITC you aligned to isn’t conducting enough courses. Submit a copy of your current instructor eCard to the guest ITC you are teaching at. You can stay aligned to only 1 ITC at a time. There is no limit on the number of courses you teach with your parent ITC or guest ITC.

Find upcoming courses near by and approach them to teach a course to maintain instructor status.

This guide applies to all AHA instructor courses such as BLS ACLS PALS PEARS Heart-saver etc.


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