Becoming a CPR Instructor is a very rewarding endeavor. You have an exponential impact on people's lives. Both the people you teach and the people treated by those you taught. So, how do you become an instructor? Can anyone do it? What exactly do you learn?
Steps for Becoming a CPR Instructor
At Prime, we use the American Heart Association (AHA) as our certifying organization. Anyone 16 years-old and up can become a CPR Instructor. Below are AHA's steps:
- Have a current AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider certification, and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline.
- Successfully complete the BLS Instructor Essentials online course, and print the course completion certificate (included in the cost of our Instructor course).
- Successfully complete the classroom Instructor Course.
- Pass the BLS written test with a score of at least 84%.
- Watch a current instructor teach a course.
- Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months after completing the Instructor Course. Additional monitoring may be required.
- Re-certify every 2 years. The AHA requires that you teach 4 classes within that 2 years, and be monitored during one of those classes in order to re-certify. You will also be required to perform the skills of CPR and take the written exam to prove you still can practice what you preach.
The Instructor Course that we teach is 8 hours long. We start out by explaining how AHA is structured and the logistics of being an instructor. Then we teach the principles of being an educator. So, you'll learn about different learning styles, tricks for engaging your students, and psychological effects in the classroom. Finally, we'll take the BLS for Healthcare Providers DVD and break it down piece by piece so you know every detail and how to answer commonly asked questions.
What You Can Teach
When you're certified as a BLS Instructor, it actually qualifies you teach several other courses. You may need some additional instruction to familiarize yourself with the material, but you don't need additional certifications. The BLS Instructor card is essentially the trump card. Below are the other courses you can teach:
- BLS for Healthcare Providers
- Heartsaver CPR/AED
- Heartsaver First Aid
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Friends and Family CPR (hands-only)
Why Become an Instructor?
Below are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider becoming a BLS CPR Instructor:
- You want to make a difference in your community.
- Your work can benefit from having their own instructor saving them money and time.
- You can teach people in your church such as nursery workers, deacons, etc.
- It looks great on a resume!
- Girls dig CPR Instructors.....well maybe not.