Red Cross Basic Life Support Instructor (Current CRC Instructors)

This program is designed for individuals who are ALREADY current Canadian Red Cross instructors and would like to instruct the Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support courses.


The following items are covered in this Red Cross Basic Life Support Instructor (Current CRC Instructors) class:

  • Discipline Specific - BLS
  • Teach Experience - AHASTI will have teach experience dates available to all AHASTI students that have successfully completed


16 hours


The following are the prerequisite that a student is required to have before being allowed into this course:

  • Current Red Cross Instructor
  • Current CRC BLS certification
  • Current Oxygen Therapy
  • Current Airway Management
  • Completion of Skills checklist (may be available at AHASTI)


This Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Instructor program is for current Red Cross Instructors that only require the discipline specific portion of the program.

Successful candidates will be Abel to teach:

Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS) Renewals
Oxygen Therapy
Airway Management

Red Cross has set a class minimum of 4 confirmed candidates. All course materials will be provided to candidates at Step 1.

Discipline Specific. Classroom 14.5 hrs
This segment of the candidates development will focus on applying their skills as an Instructor within the discipline they will be offering - it includes exploring and understanding the learner (participants) they will be supporting, and familiarizing themselves with the course content and teaching tools. This step focuses largely on application and will include the opportunity to complete microteaching segments with their peers (involves pre-course work)

Teach Experience. Online: approx.1 hr Real Classroom: up to 3 attempts
The online component details what to expect during the teaching experience and guides the time that they spend preparing for it. The classroom component provides the experience of teaching in a dynamic classroom environment. This is where they will apply what they have learned throughout the Instructor Development Program with actual participants. Working alongside of a Teaching Experience Supervisor they will demonstrate an ability to support a participant learning experience. There are elements that the Teaching Experience Supervisor will be looking for from them during this step – including planning in advance of the course, and teaching knowledge and skill based lessons during the course. This segment of their development allows them to continue constructing their professional identity and apply their learnings while authentically engaging in the role of an Instructor.

Following successful completion of the Teaching Experience they will become certified as an Instructor within the discipline of their choosing. Instructor certification is valid for three years. Prior to expiration, Instructors will attend a recertification course in order to engage in professional development and maintain certification for an additional three years.

hdgCertifications Earned

Upon successful completion of this program you will have earned the following tickets:

  • BLS Instructor - Certification is valid for 3 years. See Red Cross Program Standards for more details as to specific recertification requirements.

hdgAdditional Information

To maintain certification once competed, each instructor will be required to teach a minimum of 2 programs per certification year to qualify for recertification.

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