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Below are all the steps involved in becoming an American Heart Association BLS/CPR Instructor.  Please read this in its entirety.  Becoming a CPR Instructor is not meant to be a quick and easy process, there are several steps involved and all are set in place to gauge your commitment level and ability to follow instruction.  Teaching life saving skills to the public is a large responsibility that is taken very seriously by the American Heart Association, myself and my fellow Instructors.

Step One – Having a Current CPR Card
This information is for an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) Instructor Course, there is no affiliation with the American Red Cross, ASHI or ESCI.  You must have a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card before you can register for this course.   I cannot accept cards from any other entity, sorry.

Step Two – Registering for the Course

  • Email me to get a copy of the Instructor Candidate Application, complete the top portion and sign the Instructor Commitment section.
  • I will also send you a list of Training Centers or you can go to this website, type in your zip code and click "Search Training Center/Sites" to find an AHA Training Center and make sure they are accepting new instructors and are okay with you taking a class with me.  They must sign this application, I can't go any further with registration until this has been signed.
  • Have your most recent Healthcare Provider CPR Instructor fill out the Instructor Potential section.  This part can be signed by me, but requires that you come to me for a Skills Session prior to the Instructor Course. 
  • Send me the completed Instructor Candidate Application, a copy of your current AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Healthcare Provider CPR card and payment for $150 .
    • You can scan or take a picture of your completed application and cpr card and email it to me at info@gwenofalltrades.com and pay the fees online through an invoice that I will send you.
    • Or mail paper copies of your application, your cpr card and a check payable to Gwen Sinclair to: 1353 Bridgton Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27127
  • Healthcare Provider materials are an additional $150 and include:
    • 1-Basic Life Support Instructor's Manual, with lesson maps and instructor CD
    • 1-Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers DVD, with a practice-while-watching format, that covers both the Providers video and the Renewal Course video 
    • 1-BLS For Healthcare Providers Student Manual 
  • Heartsaver materials are an additional $285and include:
    • 1-Heartsaver Instructor Manual, with lesson maps and instructor CD
    • 1-Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED Course DVD (two disc set)
    • 1-Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED Student Workbook

Please let me know when you register if you will be needing BLS or Heartsaver materials.  You don't have to order from me, you can purchase them on your own.  Also you don't have to purchase both, I recommend purchasing the set for the discipline you plan to teach the most.

Step Three – Preparing for the Course
You will be required to show your CPR skills and take a written exam on the day of the course, you should use the DVD, Student Manual and Instructor Manual to prepare.  

Step Four – The Day of the Course
The class itself is held every fourth  Saturday from 3pm – 7pm and will be held at my office in Winston Salem, NC.  Directions to this location will be included in your pre-course materials.  You will learn the basics of putting together a class, you will be evaluated on your skills and you will learn what is expected of you from the American Heart Association and your local Training Center. 

Step Five – Connecting with your Training Center
Once you complete the instructor course you will be required to contact your Training Center within 30 days and set up your first class within 90 days.  A Faculty person from your Training Center will come and monitor your first course.  Once you’ve done all this you will get your Instructor card.

“The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials; do not represent income to the Association.”