BLS/HS 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 HeartSaver and/or Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, reflecting new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Critical concepts in high-quality CPR
  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
  • 1-rescuer CPR and AED for adults, children and infants
  • 2-rescuer CPR and AED for adults, children and infants
  • Differences among adult, child and infant rescue techniques
  • Bag-mask techniques for adults, children and infants
  • Rescue breathing for adults, children and infants
  • Relief of choking for adults, children and infants
  • CPR with an advanced airway*

* This is an introduction to the compression and ventilation rates for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please refer to the Airway Management Course.


  • Updated Science based content
  • Access to BLS for Healthcare Providers Instructors Manual
  • Access to HeartSaver CPR/AED Instructors Manual
  • Downloadable algorithms

Course Completion Card or Certificate

American Heart Association BLS HCP and HS Instructor Card is valid for two years.

In the classroom, instructors participate in a simulated clinical scenario and learning station. Instructors work with an AHA TCC or TCF to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Instructors also complete a written exam.

Course Materials

  • BLS for Healthcare Instructor Manual
  • HeartSaver CPR/AED Instructor Manual


may, 2020

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Refund Policy/Cancellation Policy:

Students have the right to reschedule their reservation for up to but no more than six (6) months from the date of their registration. Students also have the right to cancel their reservation and obtain a full refund as long as arrangements are made 24 hours prior to the class.* A $10.00 cancellation fee will apply for those cancellations made within 24 hours of the class.

*Please Note: Refunds cannot be issued to those students who have purchased the online AHA Web Key (Online & Skills Test) course.*

**For Students that are completing the ACLS or PALS Online and Skills test, there will be a $25 rescheduling fee if less than 24 hours notice.**