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AED Becoming An AHA Instructor Training Course

This course satisfies one of the major requirements of becoming a certified AHA Instructor.

The Core Instructor Course is intended for anyone who wants to become an AHA instructor whether it is for your company or your community. The course is one of five steps that need to be taken in order to become a certified instructor. In addition to completing the course, individuals must also have a current provider card in the disciple they wish to teach (i.e. Heartsaver, BLS, ACLS or PALS), they must align themselves with an approved AHA Training Center that is accepting new instructors (you can find one near you at, they must attend an AHA Heartsaver, BLS, ACLS or PALS Instructor course and they must be monitored by an AHA Instructor while teaching their first course. The course sets the groundwork for teaching according to the AHA standards and is a requirement for any new instructors, any current AHA instructors adding other disciplines and any AHA National, Regional and Training Center Faculty (it is also an option for current instructors who want to brush up on their teaching skills).

The course is comprised of twenty modules which cover the five general competencies established by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI). These include Professional Foundations, Planning and Preparation, Instructional Methods and Strategies, Assessment and Evaluation, and Management with two optional AHA modules—Remediation and Cultural Sensitivity. The course can be completed in three ways—self-directed online via the AHA Professional Education Center, self-directed via a CD, or in the classroom—and is determined by your AHA Training Center Coordinator. The adult learning model allows participants to examine situations, compare various teaching theories and determine which skills they need to improve in order to become effective teachers.  Materials for this course include the Core Instructor Course Package which includes the student manual and CD (an authorized code is required for purchase of the materials which can be obtained from the Training Center).

Following the completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. If the course is taken online, students may receive Continuing Education credits.


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