Become an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid/CPR AED Instructor

RGV CPR offers American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver First Aid/CPR AED  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 others in lifesaving skills. As an AHA Instructor, you can teach and certify in the following courses:


  • CPR AED - Who needs this: personal trainers, fitness professionals, providers

  • First Aid

  • CPR, AED   - Who needs this: oilfield workers, construction, industrial workers, other industriesand First Aid

  • Pediatric First Aid CPR, AED - Who needs this: childcare workers, foster parents, new parentsand First Aid 

  • Bloodborne Pathogens - Who needs this: tatoo artists, hotel housecleaning, industrial workers


Please note that Heartsaver instructors are not eligible to certify medical professionals in BLS (basic life support). If you are interested in certifying in both Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED and BLS, you will need to be certified as an AHA BLS Instructor.  Please click here if BLS Instructor is the course you are interested in.



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 First Aid CPR AED Instructor?

  1. Hold a current AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification.

  2. Email us a copy of your certification. Email to: - Type "Heartsaver Instructor" as the subject of the email. Please indicate the class date and location you are interested in. We will then email you an invoice for the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Course - $350.00.

  3. Once you are registered, you will need to purchase the AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual - $54.00 (plus tax & shipping). Required for class.

  4. As a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor, you also have the opportunity to teach and certify persons in American Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED and Bloodborne packages. Instructor materials for these courses are sold separately and are not included in this course.

About the Heartsave First Aid CPR AED Instructor Course

The AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED 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 (see date in red above) 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 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED.


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 Heartsaver course (AHA Heartsaver Instructor Essentials). Successful completion of the AHA Heartsaver Instructor Essentials is required to attend the in-person session. The in-person session of the Heartsaver 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

  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED 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.


To register for the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AID Instructor Course, click here
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