AHA Instructor Resources
AHA Instructors can find the AHA documents and forms they need for BLS, HeartSaver, ACLS and PALS classes. There are also some general forms that can be used by any AHA Instructor for internal purposes. Written exams can be obtained by contacting your primary AHA Training Center.
For those interested in becoming a BLS or HeartSaver CPR Instructor, learn more here.
General AHA Documents
This form is used initially when an instructor is completing their instructor course and being monitored teaching their first class. It's also used every 2 years to monitor an instructor again as part of the renewal process for the instructor certification.
When an instructor wants to align with a different AHA Training Center, they will need to fill out this form. Afterwards, the new Training Center Coordinator (TCC) will sign it accepting the instructor, and the form will then be sent to the old TCC who has 30 days to transfer all of the instructor's records.
As part of the instructor certification renewal process which occurs every 2 years, this form must be filled and signed the instructor's Training Center Coordinator or Training Center Faculty performing the renewal. It records the instructor's current contact information, previous teaching history, and has a checklist of the other required steps for renewal.
Training Center Faculty are appointed by the Training Center Coordinator. They are authorized to teach instructor courses and oversee instructor certification renewal for those under their AHA Training Center.
If an instructor assists teaching a class for a different AHA Training Center, this form needs to be filled out and submitted to their primary training center in order for that class to count towards their certification renewal requirements.
This roster is a template and instructors may use their own roster as long as they record the same information that is on the official roster such as date, time, location, instructor info, etc.
This document lists all the equipment required to teach a BLS Provider course. The ratio is 1:3 manikin to students. Effective Summer of 2019, all manikins will also need to have feedback devices.
The Instructor Candidate Workbook is used during the BLS Instructor course. It contains important information about the AHA, standards, and has frequently asked questions in the back.
This is an addendum to the BLS Lesson Plans which can be used for experienced students as an accelerated agenda for HeartCode BLS. It requires that the instructor have feedback devices in the manikins that at a minimum give feedback on rate and depth of compressions.
This document lists all the equipment required to teach a HeartSaver CPR/AED course. The ratio is 1:3 manikin to students. Effective Summer of 2019, all manikins will also need to have feedback devices.
In order to receive a First Aid certification, students must perform and pass the skills of Assessing a Patient, Safely Removing Gloves, Using an EpiPen, and Stopping Bleeding. This checklist is used to assess students' skills.
The Instructor Candidate workbook is used during the HeartSaver Instructor course. It covers information about the AHA, course standards, and frequently asked questions. This is the interim workbook from 2016. An updated workbook has yet to be released.
The AHA ACLS Instructor Candidate Workbook details general information about the AHA, ACLS course standards, and frequently asked questions. This workbook is used primarily during the ACLS Instructor course.
Students must perform and pass the Adult BLS skills test in order to receive their ACLS certification. This checklist is used to monitor students during their testing.
Instructors may opt to use the accelerated HeartCode ACLS agenda for more experienced students. This reduces the time of a skills session, but requires the use of manikins with feedback devices.
The PALS course roster is used to document time, location, instructor and student info, etc. Instructors can create their own roster but it must contain the same information as the official AHA PALS roster.
PALS students must pass the Vascular Access skills test in order to receive their certification. The instructor must use this checklist to monitor students during their testing.
PALS students are required to be proficient at recognizing common rhythm disturbances. The instructor will use this form to monitor and test students on their rhythm recognition.
All PEARS students are required to practice and being tested on their Child CPR and AED skills. The instructor will use this checklist when monitoring each students.