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. 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


The TMCC CPR Instructor course is an intensive course for those individuals who have successfully completed the discipline-specific provider course (Basic Life Support).

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.

Prior to attending the BLS classroom portion of the 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 the registration form and pay the appropriate fee.


TMCC EMS Students doing CPR

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 six steps to becoming a BLS CPR instructor:

  1. Candidates must be approved for alignment with an AHA Training Center such as TMCC. You must contact the CPR Program Coordinator via phone or email for approval of alignment. 
  2. Candidates complete Instructor Candidate Application and must provide proof of current BLS Provider certification. The application will be provided to the instructor candidate by TMCC after registration. 
  3. Candidates must complete the instructor essentials 2-hour online course. Candidates must bring the completion certificate on the day of the instructor course.
    Note: the online course requires a key code to be accessed. Once payment has been verified TMCC issues the key code.
  4. Candidates then attend the instructor-led (in person) portion of the AHA BLS instructor course.
  5. At the end of the instructor-led class, candidates must successfully pass a 25 question CPR instructor exam which covers information covered in class, as well as information from the instructor manual, which is purchased at the TMCC bookstore and not included in the cost of the instructor course.
  6. After successful completion of the course, instructor candidates are eligible to schedule a monitoring session within 6 months of the date of the instructor course. Our Training Center will provide you with a list of available dates.  Instructors will be monitored at TMCC by one of our Training Center faculty as they lead a BLS course at our campus. After successful completion of monitoring, session instructors will be certified to teach AHA BLS courses for a two year period in accordance to AHA guidelines. Failure to comply with AHA guidelines and training center policies can and will result in termination of alignment with TMCC. 

Course Fee

The registration fee for this course is $300, which does not include the BLS instructor manual. The manual can be purchased at the TMCC bookstore.