BLS Instructor Course

How the BLS Instructor Essentials Course works

The BLS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format.  To become an AHA BLS 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, our Faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA instructors by focusing on the in-depth material about the Heartsaver and BLS 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.  As a BLS Instructor, candidates will also be able to teach the following courses:

  • BLS- Basic Life Support (for Healthcare Providers)
  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
  • Heartsaver CPR AED
  • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

Who Can Take This Course

The BLS Instructor Essentials Course is for instructor candidates who have already successfully completed the BLS Provider Course.

You do not need to be a healthcare provider to teach this course!  

Teaching life-saving skills is not only rewarding, but becoming a CPR instructor is also great for:

  • Building your resume while supplementing your income
  • Medical students – certify your fellow students
  • Healthcare Providers – certify your co-workers
  • Childcare Providers – certify your parents & colleagues

This course is also a great option for current AHA BLS Instructors who want to enhance or update their teaching skills.

Prerequisites for Instructor Candidates

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be aligned with an American Heart Association Training Center (Please note:  Superior Life Support does charge an alignment fee that is not included in the cost of this course.)
  • Have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider course completion card (no other BLS certifications will be accepted)
  • Be proficient in the skills of BLS
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application (Superior Life Support will provide this to you on the date of your course.)

Steps to Become an Instructor

  1. Be accepted by a AHA Training Center (Superior Life Support) by enrolling in an Instructor Course and completing an Instructor Candidate Application with that Training Center.
  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 of completing the hands-on session of the Instructor Essentials course.

Course Fee:  $360.00

Fee Includes:

  • BLS Instructor Essentials online course access code
  • 8-hours of classroom instruction
  • BLS Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • Catered Lunch
  • 2-year AHA Instructor Certification (upon successful completion of all requirements)

Additional Course Fees:

BLS Instructor Manual (required for the course): $40

Superior Life Support Instructor Membership*:  $30/mo.

*Membership includes American Heart Association (AHA) alignment with Superior Life Support.  All American Heart Association Instructors are required to align with an authorized Training Center like Superior Life Support.  If you do not plan to align with our AHA Training Center, please bring a signed Instructor Candidate Application showing that another Training Center has accepted you per the prerequisites set by the AHA.  Please Note:  The Training Center that you choose to align with will be the issuer of your Instructor card.

BLS DVD Set (suggested but not required to take the course):  $75

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.


Course Content

  • Key changes in basic life support, 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.


Overview of the American Heart Association

  • AHA/ECC Missions and Policies
  • Overview of Instructor Competencies
  • Program Administration Manual
  • Training Center-Specific Policies

2015 Guidelines Science Instructor Updates

  • BLS Science Updates
  • Heartsaver Science Updates (optional)

BLS Product and Course Orientation

  • Life is Why Activity
  • High Performance Teams Activity
  • Skills Testing Checklist and Remediation
  • Heartsaver Courses
  • Instructor Exam

Course Completion Card or Certificate

  •  AHA BLS Instructor Card

Course Materials

BLS Instructor Manual Options:

  • BLS Instructor Manual #15-1009   Includes essential information needed to teach BLS courses, including full classroom and blended learning versions.
  • BLS Instructor Manual eBook #15-3103  The electronic equivalent of the BLS Instructor Manual #15-1009

Please note:  A 2016 BLS Instructor Manual is required for this course.


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