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AHA Training Center Instructor Information

An AHA instructor teaches provider courses in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). The AHA Trainingh Center manages an instructor database, which enables the Training Center to fulfill the obligations of its contract(s) with the AHA. Although, the AHA defines the roles and responsibilities of instructors to ensure consistency and quality, an AHA instructor is not an employee or agent of the AHA, or necessarily of the Training Center. An AHA instructor trains providers. The roles and responsibilities of an AHA instructor are defined below and are subject to change at the discretion of the AHA.

  • All responsibilities as stated in the corresponding instructor's manual.

  • A firm working knowledge of the current provider course materials, which is maintained by teaching on a regular basis and attending instructor updates as offered.

  • For ACLS and PALS instructors, an in-depth knowledge of adult and/or pediatric ECC interventions.

  • Instruct students concerning the objectives of the entire program and evaluate students' progress toward objectives.

  • Train provider candidates according to AHA guidelines.

  • Serve as course director in provider courses as appropriate (see instructor's manual).

  • Assist with instructor courses.

  • Must teach at least four courses over a two year period.

  • Maintains membership (annual dues) at the Training Center.

  • If teaching for more than one Training Center, must send data regarding training activities to the primary Training Center that includes a signature on letterhead from the training site with course date. (See "Forms" link for Reporting Form).

  • Questions regarding instructor status should be directed to the AHA Training Center Coordinator, Andrea Novak

Lead Instructor
The lead instructor (course manager) is responsible for working with the course director and staff of the sponsoring institution to ensure quality, select the course faculty and course site, assemble the necessary equipment, choose the course materials, and approve all schedules. The lead instructor and staff handle registration. The lead instructor must be present throughout the course to answer questions and resolve logistical problems. The lead instructor is responsible for monitoring instructors' performance in addition to general supervision by the course director.

Tips and Course Administration

  • Ensure participant names are printed legibly

  • Ensure that Course Reporting form and roster are complete and accurate

  • Maintain copies of teaching history

  • Rosters need to be turned in within 2 weeks of course

  • Each course participant must have access to the textbook before, during, and after the course

  • Librarying of textbooks is only allowed based on approval from Training Center Coordinator (Andrea Novak)


Forms available for ACLS/BLS/PALS course preparation
Application for ACLS/BLS/PALS Courses
Course Matrix
Course Reporting Form & Roster
Course Evaluation Form
Teaching Outside the Training Center Form
Equipment Rental Form
Supply Order Form

Forms Available to Maintain Instructor Status
SR-AHEC Member Application
Instructor Candidate Form
Instructor Trainer Monitor Form
Instructor Candidate Check Off Form
Instructor Training Request Outside the US

Other Resources

Andrea Novak, Ph.D., RN-BC, FAEN
Coordinator, AHA Training Center

Heather Stewart
Training Center Specialist