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AHA Instructor Candidate Information

If you are an individual wishing to become an American Heart Association First Aid & CPR instructor the information on this page will provide you with a good idea of the time and monetary commitment necessary to become CPR instructor.

Instructor Course Time Commitment

The total time to train an individual as a CPR/first aid instructor (including the time it takes to prepare for the instructor course itself) is about 22 to 32 hours depending on which instructor program is enrolled in (Heartsaver or BLS) and if prerequisites have already been met.

To become an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/first aid instructor, potential candidates must have a current American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED certification card for Adult, Child and Infant (2015 Guidelines). If they do not have a current card, the training to obtain a new one takes 6 to 7 hours to complete.

Instructor candidates must do additional preparatory work for their instructor course by insuring they are both proficient with their own skills and able to effectively evaluate the skills of others (this prep time would not exceed more than a few hours). We highly encourage instructor candidates to audit additional CPR and first aid classes conducted by us at no charge. This way the candidate will be able to see how the courses are taught, and familiarize the candidate with the AHA courses they wish to teach.

The instructor class itself is an 8 hour program. After the instructor training, candidates must be evaluated while they are observed teaching two full classes.

To become an American Heart Association BLS Instructor, candidates must fulfill all the requirements above, and in addition have a current AHA Basic Life Support certification card (2015 Guidelines) and have exemplary BLS and first aid skills. Again, instructor candidates are welcome to audit a BLS course at Oahu CPR Training to help develop confidence in their skills.

Class Preparation and Administrative Time Commitment

The time it takes for a CPR instructor to prepare for each class taught takes between one and two hours. Instructors must ensure that they have certification cards and class manuals available for each student, and that all the class paperwork is printed out ahead of time. They must physically set up for the class by putting together the manikins, getting out supplies, and preparing the audio/visual equipment.

After class, they are responsible for cleaning the equipment, filling out and scanning all their class paperwork and sending the paperwork to their Training Center. Post-class administrative time can require one to two hours.  

The total time commitment required to teach a Heartsaver CPR/first aid class once the instructor is comfortable with teaching is about 6.5 to 7.5 hours.  The total time to prepare for, teach, and complete administrative work for an AHA Basic Life Support class is about 6 to 8 hours.

Instructor Renewal Training and Instructor Update Time Commitment

Every two years an instructor must renew their credentials. Please contact us for current rates. The renewal is a 4-8 hour course depending on instructor skill proficiency. To be eligible to renew, an instructor is required to teach at least two (2) classes each year. We recommend teaching more classes to keep your skills proficient.

Between renewals Instructors must read all correspondences from their Training Center as well as from the American Heart Association throughout the year. Every five years instructors will be required to take an online update when the new CPR and first aid protocols are released.

Financial Investment

The total cost of an AHA instructor training course (after initial prerequisites have been met), including all the necessary course materials (instructor manual, instructor DVD, etc.) and your Training Center alignment fee is approximately $600 - $650 (please contact us for current instructor alignment fees). If an instructor candidate wishes to be certified as an instructor in multiple disciplines (Heartsaver, BLS, PEARS, ACLS, PALS, etc.), this cost will be higher.

An instructor teaching an American Heart Association course will also need additional equipment including, but not limited to, adult manikins ($100 - $3,000 each), child manikins ($50 - $100 each), infant manikins ($100 - $1,000 each), AED trainers ($200 - $1,000 each), face shields ($0.25 - $0.50 each), pocket masks ($10 - $20 each), gloves ($0.50 each), mats for students to kneel on ($10 - $20 each), a projector and DVD player ($400 - $900), bag valve masks (BLS courses only: $30 for one infant and one adult mask). We recommend one set of equipment per student for optimum efficiency and maximum practice time. Instructors can only watch a maximum of 3 students practice on manikins at a time, so a total of 3 manikins per instructor is sufficient.

Instructors that have been selected to be affiliated with Oahu CPR Training have the option of using our training equipment to teach classes with as long as it is available and not being used for another class. This is especially helpful for new instructors and helps with the financial burden of getting started. Equipment is rented on a first come-first served basis. We recommend at least two weeks notice if you will be needing our equipment so that we can make sure it is available for your class.

If you have questions about the instructor training programs you can read more detailed information on our Heartsaver Instructor and BLS Instructor training pages. In addition, feel free to give us a call at 808-624-8277, or email us at mail@oahucprtraining.com.

Insurance Requirement

Instructors wishing to be affiliated with Oahu CPR Training and be aligned with our Training Center must also carry a minimum of 2 Million dollars of Professional Liability Insurance protecting them from Errors and Omissions and naming Oahu CPR Training as an additional insured. E&O Insurance for CPR Instructors is difficult to find, and we can assist with locating insurance companies offering such coverage at reasonable prices.

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