CPR Instructor Workshop

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This is a one-day program designed to prepare students who are trained at the American Heart Association Health Care Provider BLS level to make the transition from provider to instructor. Basic life support instructors are the key element in the AHA training network.

AHA instructor is able to teach information and skills and to generate enthusiasm and enlist support of the AHA course goals and objectives, motivating participants to act in emergency situations.
The more skilled instructors the AHA ECC Program have, the more participants will be trained in CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiac Care).

The purpose of the course is to provide instructor candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach and teach potential BLS providers. The following information will be taught in the course:

  • AHA ECC educational philosophy
  • National AHA policies and procedures that affect ECC instructors
  • Sufficient background information so instructors will comprehend BLS subject matter and be able to answer questions posed by participants in courses
  • Essential teaching methods
  • An overview of educational aids available to the instructor for teaching provider courses

Course Goals and Objectives

After completing the instructor program, the participant should be able to:
1. Effectively present didactic material related to BLS, this includes the ability to:

  • Identify the components of an ECC program.
  • Define BLS.
  • Describe the early warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
  • List and discuss causes of sudden death.
  • Define cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Describe the steps of CPR, use of an AED, and relief of FBAO in the infant, child and adult.
  • Describe the rational for each of the steps in CPR.

2. Use adult education concepts and appropriate teaching strategies in presenting material and in monitoring and coaching participants in skills acquisition.

  • Use appropriate AHA curricula.
  • Identify and correct faculty CPR performance.
  • Discuss principles of evaluation and remedial instruction.
  • Effectively use audiovisual equipment and materials to support presentations.

3. Accurately demonstrate all CPR, foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) skills for the adult, child and infant, and demonstrate knowledge in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator), according to AHA guidelines.

4. Describe manikin maintenance requirements and demonstrate correct manikin cleaning and decontamination techniques.
5. Fairly and accurately evaluate basic provider candidates in a simulated situation.
6. Identify materials and resources for continued study and development as a new BLS instructor.
7. Use appropriate course scheduling and record keeping procedures as defined by AHA policy.
8. Describe the role of the BLS instructor.
9. Conduct any other component of the course according to local needs.


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 Fees : $350