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BLS Instructor Course

How the BLS Instructor Course works

To become an AHA Instructor, candidates must complete a classroom course.  The online module previously known as Instructor Essentials is no longer available for BLS.  Our Training Center Faculty will teach instructor candidates by using AHA materials and various eCourses in a classroom setting that will allow instructor candidates to review a provider course and participate in hands-on practice.

Prerequisites for Instructor Candidates

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be aligned with an AHA Training Center (Please note:  Superior Life Support does charge an alignment fee which is not included in the cost of this course.  Please contact our office for more details)
  • Have a current/official AHA BLS Provider course completion card
  • 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 course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline.
  3. Successfully complete the discipline-specific classroom Instructor course.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching their first course within 6 months of completing the Instructor course.

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


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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