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

Instructor Candidate Application

This application is required to be filled out by anyone wishing to become an AHA Instructor (HeartSaver, BLS, ACLS or PALS) before attending an instructor course.

Instructor Monitoring Form

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.

Instructor Records Transfer Request

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.

Instructor Renewal Checklist

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 Application

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.

Teaching Activity Notice

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.

AHA BLS Instructor Resources

Take a BLS Instructor Course

Adult BLS Skills Testing Checklist

Required and used for all students to test them on their Adult BLS skills. Skills must be performed without missing any of the items on the checklist.

Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist

Required and used to test all BLS students on their Infant CPR skills. Every checkmark is required to be performed in order for students to pass the skills test.

AHA BLS Roster

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.

AHA BLS Equipment Checklist

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.

BLS Instructor Manual Changes

This is an addendum that came out April 4, 2016 which highlights a few changes to the BLS Instructor Manual.

BLS Instructor Candidate Workbook

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.

HeartCode BLS Accelerated Agenda

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.

AHA HeartSaver Instructor Resources

Take a HeartSaver Instructor Course

HeartSaver CPR Equipment Checklist

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.

HeartSaver First Aid Equipment Checklist

This documents all the equipment required to teach a HeartSaver First Aid course. 

HeartSaver Course Roster

This is a sample course roster. Instructors can create their own roster, but must still record all the information requested on the official AHA roster.

HeartSaver Adult CPR Skills Testing Checklist

Students wishing to receive a certification in Adult CPR/AED must be tested and perform the skills on this checklist without missing any steps.

HeartSaver Child CPR Skills Testing Checklist

Students wishing to receive a certification in Child CPR/AED must be tested and perform the skills on this checklist without missing any steps.

HeartSaver Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist

Students wishing to receive a certification in Infant CPR/AED must be tested and perform the skills on this checklist without missing any steps.

HeartSaver First Aid Skills Testing Checklist

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.

HeartSaver Instructor Candidate Workbook [Interim]

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.

HeartSaver Instructor Manual Change Notice

The AHA released an addendum for their HeartSaver Instructor Manual with minor changes notated in this document.

AHA ACLS Instructor Resources

Learn about ACLS certification classes.

ACLS Course Roster

This ACLS course roster can be used for any format of ACLS. Instructor can create their own roster, but it must contain all the information found on the official ACLS course roster.

ACLS Instructor Manual Change Notice

The AHA created an addendum for the ACLS Instructor Manual with minor changes which are listed in this document.

ACLS Instructor Candidate Workbook

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.

Adult BLS Skills Testing Checklist

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.

ACLS Airway Management Skills Testing Checklist

Students are required to perform and pass the Airway Management skills test. This checklist is used to monitor and document the student's skills.

ACLS Equipment Checklist

In order to offer an ACLS course, the instructor must have all the equipment listed in the ACLS Equipment Checklist. 

Accelerated HeartCode ACLS Agenda

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.

AHA PALS Instructor Resources

Learn about PALS certification classes.

PALS Course Roster

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 Instructor Candidate Workbook

This workbook is used during the PALS Instructor course. It covers important information about the AHA, PALS course standards, FAQs, etc. 

PALS Equipment Checklist

In order to conduct a PALS course, the instructor must have and use all the equipment listed on this checklist.

Vascular Access Skills Testing Checklist

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.

Rhythm Disturbances Skills Testing Checklist

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.

PALS Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist

Students must be tested on their Infant CPR and AED skills using this checklist in order to receive their PALS certification card.

Child CPR Skills Testing Checklist

Students must be tested on their Child CPR and AED skills using this checklist in order to receive their PALS certification card.

AHA PEARS Instructor Resources

Learn about PEARS certification classes.

PEARS Course Roster

The PEARS course roster must be filled out for each course taught. Instructors can create their own roster but must use the same information found on the official AHA PEARS roster.

PEARS Equipment Checklist

Instructors are required to use all the equipment found on the equipment checklist for each of their PEARS courses.

PEARS Child CPR Skills Testing Checklist

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.

PEARS Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist

PEARS students will be tested on their Infant CPR and AED skills by the instructor using this checklist.