Becoming a Heartsaver CPR & First Aid Instructor
Whether you are an individual wishing to become a CPR & First Aid instructor or a company wondering if it is cost effective to conduct in-house CPR & First Aid training, the information in this article will provide you with a good idea of the time and monetary commitment necessary to become or train an American Heart Association CPR & First Aid instructor.
Heartsaver CPR & First Aid Instructor Course Time Commitment
|AHA Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid Training*||4.5 hours|
|American Heart Association online Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Course**||3 hours|
|Reviewing Instructor Manual & Student Manual||1.5 hours|
Practing CPR & First Aid Skills, Reviewing Video, Reviewing Skills Check Forms***
|Instructor Training||8 hours|
|Preparation for Course Monitoring||2 hours|
|Instructor Course Monitoring****||5 hours|
|Total Time||26 hours|
*AHA Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid Training: To become an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/First Aid Instructor, potential candidates must have a current American Heart Association Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid provider certification card. If they do not have a current card, the training to obtain a new one takes 4.5 hours to complete through CPR Seattle.
**American Heart Association Instructor Essentials Course: Upon course registration, instructor candidates will receive an "American Heart Association Heartsaver Instructor Essentials" course access key. This online program must be completed at home before the day of the instructor training course and takes about 2 hours to complete. The Heartsaver Instructor Manual will be required to complete this online training.
***Practing CPR & First Aid Skills, Reviewing Video, Reviewing Skills Check Forms: 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. CPR Seattle encourages instructor candidates to audit additional CPR and first aid classes conducted at our facility at no extra charge.
****Instructor Course Monitoring: After the instructor training, candidates will be monitored teaching an actual CPR class to the public at CPR Seattle. This session usually takes place two weeks after the instructor training course, and must be completed within 6 months of taking the instructor course if the candidate cannot make the pre-scheduled monitor date.
Teaching Classes: Preparation / Clean Up and Administrative Time Commitment
|Advance Class Preparation (ordering gloves, face shields, books, etc)||1 hour|
|Class Preparation (printing out class forms, setting up classroom and projector, setting out CPR and first aid equipment)||1 hour|
|Teaching an Adult/Child/Infant CPR & First Aid Class||4.5 hrs|
|Classroom and Manikin Clean Up||0.5 hrs|
|Paperwork (scanning skills forms, filling out roster uploading to CPR Seattle Instructor Portal)||1 hour|
|Total Time||8 hours|
Instructor Renewal Training and Instructor Update Time Commitment
|Heartsaver Adult, Child, Infant CPR & First Aid Recertification (every 2 years)||4.5 hours|
|Heartsaver Instructor Renewal (every 2 years)||4.5 hours|
|Total Time (every 2 years)||9 hours|
The American Heart Association requires that student maintain their Heartsaver CPR & First aid certification card current in order to teach. This, in addition to taking the Heartsaver Instructor Renewal course will be done once every two years.
Please visit our Heartsaver Instructor Renewal page for current rates. 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.
Initial Financial Investment (Costs are approximate and subject to change)
|Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid Certification w/ Student Manual||$92|
|Heartsaver Instructor Training||$295|
|Heartsaver Teaching Materials (instructor manual, course DVD, stopwatch)||$230|
|Annual Training Center Alignment Fee||$99|
|4 Adult Manikins, 4 AED Trainers, 12 Pockets Masks, Face Shields||$2000|
|4 Infant Manikins||$450|
|Gloves, Epi Pen Trainers, Gauze, Bandages||$100|
|Approximate Initial Cost with Minimal Equipment||$3266|
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 206-504-3280, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.