Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Instructors

The ACLS Instructor course is for:

  •  All AHA ACLS Instructor candidates who perform within the scope of practice
  • AHA Instructors adding the ACLS Instructor discipline to their teaching credentials

The course is also an option for current AHA ACLS Instructors who want to enhance their teaching skills

The self-directed ACLS Instructor Essentials online course teaches the following general competencies identified by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI):

  • Planning and Preparation for Courses
  • Instructing Courses
  • Conducting Written Exams, Skills Practice and Skills Testing
  • Keeping your ACLS Instructor Status Current

This course also includes approximately 30 minutes of general information about instructing AHA courses, followed by ACLS course-specific information. Course information is available for 12 months following online activation.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion, which is available to print, and must be presented at the classroom portion of the instructor course. The Training Center will provide an online keycode via email to activate the web-based course upon completion of registration, with the purchase of the book package.

Continuing education credit is available for completing this course. Visit for more information.

Book package includes:

  • Instructor Manual
  • 90-1432 – ACLS Instructor Essentials*

Course Content

  • Airway management
  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an AED
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics
  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Related pharmacology


  • 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 learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Course Completion Card or Certificate

Upon successful course completion the ACLS Instructor Candidate shall:

  • Submit the AHA ACLS Instructor Essentials online course completion certificate
  • Attend a video based classroom session
  • Perform instructor skills competency in all learning stations
  • Lead instruction during the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test and Megacode test
  • Administer the written test
  • Receive an ACLS Instructor card valid for two years.

Course Materials

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


april, 2018

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