AHA Instructor Courses

General Instructor Information and Course Schedule

American Heart Association Instructor training is divided by discipline, allowing candidates to focus on the specialized information they need to teach in their chosen discipline. Instructor training courses are available in:

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS HCP)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®)
  • Heartsaver®.

Before beginning the Instructor training process, candidates must have a current provider course card for their chosen discipline, and must align with an American Heart Association Training Center that is accepting new Instructors in their chosen discipline.

American Heart Association Instructor training consists of three stages:

  1. The Instructor candidate takes the self-directed online Instructor Essentials course in his or her chosen discipline.
  2. The Instructor candidate takes the faculty-led, classroom-based Instructor course in his or her chosen discipline.
  3. A faculty member monitors the Instructor candidate as he or she teaches the first course in his or her chosen discipline.

Upon successful completion of all steps, candidates receive an Instructor card, valid for two years.


Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor

This one-day course is designed for you, if you are a currently certified BLS provider, to become a certified American Heart Association BLS course instructor. The purpose of a BLS Instructor Course is to develop proficiency in teaching, organizing, coordinating and conducting Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver Courses.  This course will cover the 2015 AHA/ECC Guidelines.

Prerequisite: Instructor candidate MUST contact Mark Holloman, AHA Coordinator, to receive a detailed list of prerequisites and supplies needed for the course at kmholloman@johnstoncc.edu. Preregistration is required!

Textbook: 2015 Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Manual & DVD
Dates: TBD
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: JCC, Public Safety Building; Room J1630
Registration fee: $74.50 includes course and equipment fee


Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Instructor

This one-day course is designed for you, if you are a currently certified ACLS provider, to become a certified American Heart Association ACLS course instructor. The purpose of an ACLS Instructor Course is to develop proficiency in teaching, organizing, coordinating and conducting an ACLS Provider Course.

Prerequisite: Instructor candidate MUST contact Mark Holloman, AHA Coordinator, to receive a detailed list of prerequisites and supplies needed for the course at kmholloman@johnstoncc.edu.

Preregistration is required!
Textbook: Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Student and Instructor Manuals
Dates: Mid to Late 2016 (Waiting for the 2015 Instructor Manuals & DVD's to be available for purchase)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: JCC, Public Safety Building; Room J1630
Registration fee: $70.00


 Advance Cardiovascular Life Support – Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP) Instructor

This one day course is designed for you, if you are a currently certified ACLS-EP provider, to become a certified American Heart Association ACLS-EP course instructor. The purpose of an ACLS-EP Instructor Course is to develop proficiency in teaching, organizing, coordinating and conducting an ACLS-EP Provider Course.

Prerequisite: Be a current and active AHA ACLS Instructor in good standing with his or her Training Center. Attend and successfully complete an AHA ACLS EP Provider Course, demonstrating effective performance in all 4 learning stations and the ACLS provider testing stations.

Textbook: ACLS-EP Instructor Manual / Tool kit
Date: TBA
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: JCC, Public Safety Building; Room J1630
Registration fee: $70.00


Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor

This one-day course is designed for you, if you are a currently certified PALS provider, to become a certified American Heart Association PALS course instructor. The purpose of a PALS Instructor Course is to develop proficiency in teaching, organizing, coordinating and conducting a PALS Provider Course.

Prerequisite: Instructor candidate MUST contact Mark Holloman, AHA Coordinator, to receive a detailed list of prerequisites and supplies needed for the course at kmholloman@johnstoncc.edu. Preregistration is required!

Textbook: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Student and Instructor Manuals
Dates: Mid to Late 2016 (Waiting for the 2015 Instructor Manuals & DVD's to be available for purchase)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: JCC, Public Safety Building; Room J1630
Registration fee: $70.00