Instructor Course

ACLS Instructor Essentials Course is an online, self-directed course that teaches information needed to instruct AHA’s ACLS classroom courses and to conduct skills practice and skills testing sessions for HeartCode® ACLS Part 1 eLearning courses.

ACLS Instructor Essentials

  • Planning and preparation for courses
  • Instructing courses
  • Conducting written exams, skills practice and skills testing
  • Keeping your ACLS Instructor status current
  • 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

Upon successful completion of all steps, candidates receive an ACLS Instructor card, valid for two years.


Primary Audience
This course must be completed by candidates who wish to become AHA ACLS Instructors

Course Materials
ACLS Instructor Essentials Online (90-1432)


Prior to taking this course, candidates must:

  • Have a current course completion card in ACLS
  • Have aligned with an AHA ACLS Training Center that is accepting new ACLS Instructors

Becoming an
ACLS Instructor

Following successful completion of the ACLS Instructor Essentials Course, candidates must also:

  • Attend the in-person ACLS Instructor Course
  • Be monitored by Faculty teaching their first course


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