Thank you for your interest in becoming an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor under Mid-Florida CPR! We offer classes to certify you to become a BLS, ACLS, and/or PALS instructor. You must have a valid, current AHA Provider card in the discipline you wish to teach. Please contact us prior to registering for the course if you have any questions about anything listed below. You should have an above average knowledge of the material for the discipline you are seeking Instructor status in. To teach ACLS/PALS, you should work in a position or have a background that uses these concepts within your scope of practice. Once you are an instructor, students will look to you to explain concepts so you should know the material prior to taking an Instructor course.

Obtaining your American Heart Association Instructor certification so you can begin teaching on your own is a 3-step process. You must complete the online portion, in-person portion, complete a monitoring session, and pay the affiliation fee prior to receiving your instructor card.

Step 1: Complete all of the following prior to registering for our instructor course:

1) Have a CURRENT (not expired) AHA Provider card in the discipline you wish to become an instructor in. If your card is expiring in the next few months, we recommend renewing your card prior to taking the instructor course.

2) Have your own AHA Provider manual for the discipline you are seeking Instructor Status in (required to attend Instructor class).

3) Have your own AHA Instructor manual for the discipline you are seeking Instructor Status in (required to attend Instructor class).

*Manuals can be purchased from one of the official AHA Distributors: Laerdal, Channing-Bete, or Worldpoint.

*You may also purchase an instructor manual from us in-person at our office. The cost is $80 per manual. Please contact us for details if you need this option.

4) Complete the online portion of the Instructor course here: and email completion certificate to us at The cost of the online portion is NOT included in the course cost – each course is $30.

Step 2: Complete the in-person course

Once you have completed the above, you can register for the in-person portion of the instructor course directly through our website. Within 24-48 hours of registration you will receive a course confirmation email with additional information about the course. We will cover details about being an instructor, review applicable paperwork required for each class you teach, and outline the next steps to move forward as an instructor. This is also your chance to ask us questions!

Step 3: Complete the monitoring session

Once you have gone through all the training, you will come to one of our classes and be paired with an instructor for your monitoring session. You will be given portions of the class to teach to real students and will be expected to teach based on what you’ve learned in the instructor courses.

Please plan early if you need to become an instructor and expect to wait approximately 3-4 weeks after you’ve completed all mandatory requirements to receive your AHA Instructor card.

*Mannequins, classroom videos, student manuals, certification cards and any other teaching supplies are not included in the cost of Instructor training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost of the Instructor class & what does the cost include?

A: Each Instructor course discipline is $375. This includes the in-person course & first years alignment fee only. All other required materials (Instructor Essentials (online course), Provider manual, and Instructor manuals are NOT included in course cost.)

Q: Can I teach on my own once I have completed all the requirements to be issued an instructor card?

A: Yes, you will be teaching classes on your own. More information on the AHA structure for teaching courses is provided during the instructor class.

Q: Are there any other fees once I become an instructor?

A: Yes, there is a $75 per discipline annual alignment fee. Your first years alignment fee is included in the $375 course fee. You will also be responsible for purchasing your own equipment required to conduct the classes as well as the AHA DVD’s.

Q: How often do I have to renew my Instructor cards?

A: Every 2 years, the same as you renew your Provider cards (remember that there is no grace period for renewals – make sure you plan ahead to renew your instructor cards!)

Q: How often do you have Instructor courses?

A: We hold instructor courses once a month.

Q: How do I register for a class?

A: You can register directly on the main page of our website: under the AHA Instructor Courses tab. Or follow this direct link: Register for an AHA Instructor Course

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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, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.