BLS Instructor for Current Red Cross First Aid Instructors

Current Red Cross First Aid Instructors ONLY who are wanting to expand their teaching to include the Red Cross Basic Life Support, Oxygen Therapy and Airway Management programs.


The following items are covered in this BLS Instructor for Current Red Cross First Aid Instructors class:

  • Skills session
  • Discipline Specific - Professional Responder at the Basic Life Support, Oxygen Therapy and Airway Management Level.
  • 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. Once a teach experience date has been confirmed, any changes to this agreed upon date will be subject to administration fees.


approx 18 plus a Teach Experience


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

  • Completed Skills sheet for the certification you wish to teach - a skills evaluation can be organized for you if you aren't not able to get one organized yourself. Please contact for details.
  • Current CRC First Aid Instructor certification
  • BLS Instructors - BLS program with Oxygen Administration and Airway Module.


New 2018 Canadian Red Cross Instructor Development for Professional Responder Instructor at the Basic Life Support level is a 5 step all inclusive process. The following is a list of Canadian Red Cross courses, successful candidates may be permitted to instruct:

Basic Life Support (BLS)
Oxygen Therapy
Airway Management
Recertification for the above courses

Once Completed - Each new Red Cross Professional Responder - Basic Life Support 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.

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

Required - Step 1: Evaluate and Prerequisite Confirmation. Classroom: up to 2 hrs
In this stage Instructor candidates work with an instructor to confirm that they have a strong understanding of the typical 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 Basic Life Support, Oxygen Administration and Airway Managements 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 - already covered by previous CRC instructor certification so nothing additional needed.

Required - 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)

Required - 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 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:

  • Professional Responder - Basic Life Support Instructor - Certification is valid for 3 years. See Red Cross Program Standards for more details as to specific recertification requirements.

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