NOTE: You must be a currently licensed or certified healthcare professional to take this ACLS Instructor Essentials Course. ACLS skills must be within your scope of practice, and you must be a current ACLS Provider.

The ACLS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. AHA ACLS Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by ACLS Training Center Faculty. Prior to taking this course, candidates must have a current ACLS Provider course completion card.

ACLS Instructor Essentials Online is the self-directed, online portion of the ACLS Instructor Essentials Blended Learning Course. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA Instructor teaching materials and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. 

ACLS Instructor Essentials Classroom Course is the hands-on portion of the ACLS Instructor Essentials Blended Learning Course. This in-depth, one day course is conducted by Emergency Care Professionals Training Center Faculty and builds upon the lessons learned in the online course.

Following completion of the online and classroom courses, Instructor Candidates must be monitored teaching their first course.

Upon completion of the online and classroom courses and successful monitoring, Instructors can teach the ACLS Provider Course and the HeartCode ACLS Hands-On Session.

Note: Unlike BLS Instructors and Heartsaver Instructors, ACLS Instructors may not freely conduct courses on their own. The American Heart Association mandates an ACLS Course Director be present at every ACLS course. New ACLS Instructors do not meet ACLS Course Director qualifications.

Comprehensive details outlining the steps to achieve American Heart Association ACLS Instructor status can be found here.