Instructor Course

The BLS Instructor Essentials Course is an online, self-directed course that teaches information needed to instruct AHA’s BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver® classroom courses and to conduct skills practice and skills testing sessions for BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver eLearning courses.

BLS Instructor Essentials

  • Planning and preparation for courses
  • Instructing courses
  • Conducting written exams, skills practice and skills testing
  • Keeping your BLS Instructor status current
  • Includes approximately 30 minutes of general information about instructing AHA courses, followed by BLS course-specific information
  • Course information is available for 12 months following online activation

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


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

Course Materials
BLS Instructor Essentials Online (90-1429)


Prior to taking this course, candidates must:

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

Becoming a
BLS Instructor

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

  • Attend the in-person BLS Instructor Course
  • Be monitored by faculty teaching their first course


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