If you’re looking to become a CPR instructor and want to understand all the costs involved, we will break it down for you below. If you’d like to check out a video on the topic see our video ‘How Much Money to Start a CPR Business.’
What is a CPR Instructor?
CPR instructors are a valuable resource to our communities. If you are passionate about educating others and saving lives, you may be the perfect candidate to become a CPR instructor. CPR instructors are people that are certified through a credentialed organization, such as the American Heart Association, to teach CPR and Basic Life Support. CPR instructors may teach CPR to people in the healthcare field or also lay responders that work in places such as daycares, schools, or manufacturing settings.
Some CPR instructors work for a company to do in house training for their company and others teach in the community when people contact them for training. Depending on the area they are located some CPR trainers teach a lot of people in a certain industry whereas other areas see a large variety of people needing their services.
How do I become a CPR Instructor?
To become a CPR instructor, you will need to meet the prerequisites for a CPR instructor class and then take a CPR instructor class. We usually recommend that CPR trainers do their initial training through the American Heart Association as they are the authority that researches and develops the CPR guidelines used by all and it is easy enough to transfer to Red Cross or the Health and Safety Institute.
Any special skills required to become a CPR instructor?
CPR instructors should be people that are able to manage a classroom, speak in front of others, and be comfortable working with a diverse group of clientele. These skills are vital for your success as an instructor.
Many people think that CPR instructors have to have backgrounds in the medical field. However, a medical background is not required to be an AHA CPR trainer. Although it may be helpful and make it easier to understand the course content there is no required experience or qualifications to become a CPR instructor apart from meeting the course prerequisites discussed above.
What costs are involved if I want to become a CPR instructor?
Most CPR Instructor courses cost between $400-$935 when you add up the costs of the prerequisite certification, required manuals, ay nd instructor course. While this may be more than you expected, consider that there aren’t many programs you can complete in a day for an occupation that earns an average salary of $50k per year.
CPR Instructor course prices vary depending on the location and Training Center you go through. Costs you can expect include:
- Initial Provider Course: $75-$150
- Instructor Essentials online course: $35
- Instructor hands-on/classroom course: $250-$600 (varies by location)
- Monitoring: $0-$150 (Some Training Centers may include this in the classroom course cost)
After the course, you will still need to rent or buy equipment to teach classes and purchase the certification cards for those you teach. Keep the cost of this equipment in mind. We recommend perusing the equipment at CPR Supply Source to get an idea of the costs for the most preferred equipment.
As of 2020, the American Heart Association allows AHA Training Centers to teach online instructor courses at their discretion. For people attending an online, live virtual instructor course, instructor candidates will need to purchase CPR course equipment in advance, to use during their training. Keep this in mind as you survey your instructor start up costs.
How & Where can I start my CPR Instructor course?
You will need to find an authorized AHA Training Center offering instructor classes. They will have you fill out an Instructor Candidate Application before enrolling in an AHA Instructor class. The Class Eagle Heath and Safety Directory can help you find an instructor course near you. If you are in a more rural area it is likely you will have to travel to a location that has classes.
How long is a CPR Instructor Course?
Before the course you will complete the AHA online Instructor Essentials course. This portion takes 1.25 hours to complete. This can be done at your convenience, but must be done before attending the hands-on classroom portion. The hands-on classroom portion of the instructor course takes approximately 8 hours to complete. Usually this is done in one day but some places may spread it out over the course of two days. The course length can also vary depending on the number of students in the course.
During the in-person portion of the CPR instructor course, students will review the instructor manual and put some of it into action by mock teaching portions of the class. The instructor trainer will give each instructor candidate an opportunity to practice testing and remediating students on their CPR skills. Additionally, instructor candidates will learn about the structure of the AHA and the core competencies expected of each instructor.
At the end of the instructor course you will be required to take a 25 question written exam which requires an 84% or higher to pass. Remediation is available at the instructors discretion. The AHA allows the exams to be open resource.
Following the class, you will need to be observed while teaching by an instructor or other AHA Training Center faculty to prove you can properly follow the AHA lesson plans and coach students on CPR skills. It is recommended, but not required, to teach a class within the first six months of completing the instructors course so skills you learned will be fresh on your mind. Many instructors like to have a course planned before taking their instructor course so they can quickly move through the steps.
Now you know how much it costs to become a CPR instructor.
The average course costs to become an American Heart Association CPR Instructor or trainer is between $720-$935 on average. Additionally, to begin teaching courses you will need to purchase training equipment if you do not already have access to equipment. For a full list of equipment you might need to start your CPR instructor career check out this article where we break it all down!