Instructor Course

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

PALS Instructor Essentials

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

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


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

Course Materials
PALS Instructor Essentials Online (90-1430)


Prior to taking this course, candidates must:

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

Becoming a
PALS Instructor

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

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


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