Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support – Instructor Renewal 

This course meets the AHA requirement for Instructor status renewal. Instructors may renew their status by meeting all of the following criteria or by successfully completing all requirements for a new instructor as stated in the AHA Program Administration Manual (PAM).


Instructor Renewal Criteria:

  • Maintain current provider status as evidenced by a current provider card or demonstration of acceptable provider skills and successful completion of the provider written examination.
  • If the instructor chooses the demonstration route, successful completion must be documented on the Instructor/TCF Renewal Checklist. A new provider card may be issued at the discretion of the TC or on request of the renewing instructor but is not required by the AHA.
  • Earn 4 credits by doing any combination of the following:
    • Teach a minimum of 4 classroom provider courses or provider updates or renewals in 2 years for the discipline in which the instructor is renewing
    • Conduct skills practice and testing sessions for eLearning courses. Each day of skills practice and testing sessions counts as 1 of the required 4 courses; all 4 credits can be earned this way.
  • Attend updates as required within the previous 2 years. Updates may address new course content or methodology and review TC, regional, and national ECC information.
  • Be monitored while teaching before instructor status expiration. The first monitoring after the initial instructor course does not satisfy this requirement.

This Instructor Renewal course provides a platform for an instructor to demonstrate acceptable provider skills and successful completion of the provider written examination as well as Instructor monitoring by a TCF member.  All other renewal criteria must be met prior to this course as outlined in the PAM.

Course Content

  • Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics


  • Renewal course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for instructors refreshing their skills

Course Completion Card or Certificate

Upon successful renewal, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test, instructors will receive an ACLS instructor card, valid for two years.

Course Materials

  • 90-1014 ACLS Provider Manual, includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set
  • 90-1012 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)


june, 2024