CRC Basic Life Support Instructor

New 2018 Canadian Red Cross Instructor Development for Basic Life Support Instructors is a 5 step all inclusive process. This program is designed for individuals who would like to instruct the Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support courses. The following is a list of Canadian Red Cross courses, successful candidates may be permitted to instruct:

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

Once Completed - Each new Red Cross BLS Instructor will need to chose to seek employment with a pre-existing Red Cross Training Partner to offer courses. For information on how to become your own Red Cross Training Partner, please go directly to as Red Cross is permitted at any time to put a moratorium on the number of new Training Partner applications.


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

  • Skills session
  • Fundamentals of Instruction
  • Discipline Specific - BLS
  • Teach Experience - AHASTI will have teach experience dates available to all AHASTI students that have successfully completed Step 4. Teach experiences will be at one of our 3 locations. Teach Experience Candidates have unto 1 year to complete the Teach Experience.


40 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


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

Step 1: Evaluate and Prerequisite Confirmation. Classroom: up to 8hrs
In this stage Instructor candidates work with an instructor to confirm that they have a strong understanding of the typical BLS skills needed to be successful as an Instructor and have met the program pre-requisites. It is important that each candidate comes prepared to demonstrate the BLS skills without coaching. They must:
* Be 18 years or older.
* Have a valid participant certificate for the program they wish to teach.

Step 2: Fundamentals of Instruction. Online: 8 hrs, self paced and Classroom: 14.5 hrs
Consists of both an online and a classroom component, where candidates apply the fundamentals of instruction alongside of an Instructor Trainer. This segment of development will focus on the role of an Instructor (using a learner centered approach to first aid education) and considers both educational principles and best practice. It will also consider the responsibilities of an Instructor as a representative of the Canadian Red Cross when preparing for a course, while teaching a course, and following a course. This step includes knowledge and application focused lessons (including the opportunity to complete microteaching segments with their peers).

Step 3: 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)

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Certification
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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