Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Essentials

Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Essentials 


The America Heart Association (AHA) BLS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by a hands-on session conducted by BLS Training Center Faculty. BLS instructor candidates must then be successfully monitored by training center faculty within six months to receive their instructor course completion card. 


The BLS Instructor Essentials Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended learning courses. This course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA Instructor teaching materials, ensure students meet learning objectives and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. 


Continuing Education

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 5.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0011.




Before enrolling in the BLS Instructor Essentials course, instructor candidates must have aligned with an AHA BLS Training Center that is accepting new instructors and have a completed Instructor Application on file with the accepting training center. (a copy must be provided at the time of registration if you are not affiliated with NY20224 – Northern Dutchess Paramedics) Candidates must also have a current BLS Provider course completion card. While AHA BLS Instructors may also teach Heartsaver courses, BLS Instructor candidates do not need to have a Heartsaver course completion card. 


Required Course Materials


​Instructor are required to have access to the current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor Manual (Item Number: 15-1009) Additional information will be provided during the registration process. 


​$150.00 (Includes Instructor Manual, BLS Provider Manual, Course Completion Certificate/Card)

$75.00 NDP Employees & Affiliates (Includes Instructor Manual, BLS Provider Manual, Course Completion Certificate/Card)


​Contact Information


Casey Quake

Acting Training Center Coordinator

(845) 876-0448 ext.122



Registration is mandatory. Walk-Ins are not permitted. Payment, in full, is due upon your arrival on the day of the course. Class size is limited. Prompt registration is encouraged.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.