Become an American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Instructor

RGV CPR offers American Heart Association (AHA) BLS  instructor training for you to either instruct and certify employees at your workplace or to start your own full/part-time business training and certifying healthcare professionals in the RGV. BLS is a CPR course tailored for those in the healthcare field. Professions that need BLS certification and recertification every 2 years include:​​


  • MD's

  • Nurses

  • Paramedics

  • EMT's

  • PA's

  • Therapists

  • Dental


Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

Last day to register  1/22/21



Friday, Jun. 4, 2021

Last day to register  5/21/21



Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

Last day to register  7/23/21



Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Last day to register  7/17/21


How do I become an AHA BLS Instructor?

  1. Be a licensed healthcare professional (i.e. MD, RN, LVN, PA, EMT). Not a licensed healthcare professional? You can teach Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED .

  2. Hold a current AHA BLS certification. If you are not currently certified in BLS by the AHA, you can register for one of our BLS classes here . Once you complete the course, we will email you an invoice for the AHA BLS Instructor Course  - $350.00.

  3. If you already hold a current AHA BLS certification, please email us a copy of your certification. Email to: - Type "BLS Instructor" as the subject of the email. In the body of the email, please indicate the class date and location you are interested in. We will then email you an invoice for the BLS Instructor Course - $350.00.

  4. As a BLS Instructor, you also have the opportunity to teach and certify persons in the American Association Heartsaver (non-healthcare provider) First Aid CPR AED course. If you also plan on teaching this course, you will need to purchase  the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED instructor Manual .

About the BLS Instructor Course

The AHA BLS Instructor Course is provided in a blended format. You will first complete online training focused on instructional knowledge, followed by a 7-hour in-person session to practice your instructional skills. The goal of the instructor course is to help you develop a base-level understanding of AHA guidelines and to teach, evaluate, and certify individuals in BLS.


Once you have registered and paid the course fee, you will receive email instructions on how to access and complete the online portion of the BLS course (AHA BLS Instructor Essentials). Successful completion of the AHA BLS Instructor Essentials is required to attend the in-person session. The in-person session of the BLS Instructor Course will include the following: 


  • Organization of AHA training/Program Administrative Manual (PAM) overview

  • Training Center Policy and Procedures

  • AHA Instructor Network website: instructor resources and navigation

  • BLS Instructor Manual Overview

  • Performing a skill and teaching demonstration

What happens after the course?

All AHA instructors are required to be aligned with an authorized AHA Training Center. Our Training Center is Community Health Education Services (CHES). At the end of the course, you will complete an application to be aligned with CHES.

AHA Training Centers are responsible for managing course certification cards and course exam distribution, ensure compliance with AHA guidelines and maintain records for all students, instructors and Training Sites.

NOTE: Becoming an instructor is the first step to starting your own CPR business. Once certified, you are responsible for buying your own equipment and AHA teaching materials. For more information, please see our blog post, The Cost Of Starting A CPR Business.


To register for the BLS Instructor Course, click here
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