Emergency Medical Services

CPR Instructor Course

Faculty and Mission

The main goal of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to save as many lives as possible. To that end, the AHA is committed to teaching lifesaving skills such as CPR.

It’s crucial that CPR Instructors be prepared both to teach well and to test their students well. Faculty have the responsibility to pass candidates when, and only when, candidates are ready. If candidates aren’t ready, they won’t be able to teach and test students well, and students may miss out on learning lifesaving skills.

The goal of the CPR Instructor course is to prepare candidates to teach Basic Life Support (BLS) classes. The candidates should be competent in all of the following:

  • Skills: Instructors need to be proficient in all the skills of the disciplines they teach.
  • Course delivery: Instructors need to teach AHA materials correctly and as they were intended.
  • Testing: Instructors have to be able to test students effectively.
  • Professionalism: Instructors need to maintain a high standard of ethics and professionalism when teaching AHA courses.
  • Program administration: Instructors need to be able to manage time, space, materials, and paperwork in compliance

How the CPR Instructor Course Works

To become an AHA BLS CPR Instructor, candidates need to complete an online module. This module is essentially "pre-work" or preparation for the classroom course which you teach. The "pre-work" allows candidates to maximize their hands-on and practice time with you in the classroom.

There are four steps to becoming a BLS CPR instructor:

  1. Candidates align with a Training Center.
  2. Candidates take the online module.
  3. Candidates take the classroom course.
  4. Candidates are monitored as they teach.


The TMCC CPR Instructor Course is an intensive course for those individuals who have successfully completed the discipline-specific provider course (BLS for the Health Care Provider).

This course is designed to train instructor candidates to conduct provider and update courses on the latest AHA guidelines and skills. Instructor candidates should exemplify integrity, demonstrate strong ethics, communicate clearly, and model a dedication to quality training. Instructor candidates must meet certain requirements before taking the instructor course. Before attending the BLS classroom portion of an instructor course, all instructor candidates must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be aligned with an AHA Training Center
  • Have a current/official AHA BLS Provider course completion card
  • Be proficient in the skills of BLS
  • Complete BLS Instructor Essentials
  • Complete the TMCC CPR Instructor Registration Form and pay the appropriate Registration fee

Workshop Dates

All CPR Workshops are held on Saturdays on the Dandini Campus in RDMT 404. Contact us for further registration information.

2014 CPR Workshops
January 11 and 18
February 8 and 22
March 1 and 8
April 5 and 12
May 3 and 10
June 7 and 14
July 12 and 19
August 2 and 9
September 13 and 20
October 4 and 11
November 1 and 8
December 6 and 13
2014 CPR Instructor Workshops
March 22
October 18

Basic Life Support (CPR) Training Center
5190 Spectrum Blvd., Reno, NV 89512
775-789-5432 or contact Kerry Swinney