Red Cross Basic Life Support Instructor

This program is designed for individuals who are wanting to teach the Red Cross Basic Life Support Program. This course will also include the instructor status for Oxygen Administration and Airway Management programs.


The following items are covered in this Red Cross Basic Life Support Instructor class:

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


37 hours


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

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


Successful candidates will be able 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.

Step 1: Complete a skills evaluation of the skills that each participant will be certified to teach (this step is completed on day one of the program)

Step 2: Complete the Fundamentals of Instruction online component (8 hrs approx.), and a classroom component (14 hrs 30 min) focused on the application of fundamentals.

Step 3: Complete the Basic Life Support Discipline Specific Classroom Component (14 hrs 30 min), which focuses on the specific skills of that program.

Step 4: Complete the Teaching Experience online module (30-45 min approx.) and a classroom component with the support of a Teaching Experience Supervisor.

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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