How to Become a CPR Instructor

It is important to take CPR classes as often as possible, however most supporting organizations recommend the renewal of skills every two years. Remember it is important to practice skills often, taking a CPR Class can be a great way to practice required skills, and can also offer the opportunity to discuss experiences with peers.

Teaching CPR is a rewarding venture. The role of a CPR instructor can be a challenging one, however getting certified can create new opportunities and open new doors which may not have been available otherwise. One of the most motivating aspects of the career is that it gives you the freedom to teach CPR virtually anywhere in the world. I myself have taught CPR in four states and even abroad within the remote villages of Haiti. Teaching CPR to villages of a developing nation wasn’t meant to be a lucrative endeavor, financially it proved not to be, but the experience gathered abroad was remarkably incredible. Experience that I may not have had the opportunity to receive, had I not been certified to instruct CPR.

The process in becoming a CPR instructor can begin once you have completed the Healthcare Professional level, CPR course. The exact name for this course varies between the leading organizations. After completing this course, which can usually be accomplished in 4 – 5 hours time, you can now begin searching for local CPR instructor courses. Depending on the organization you hope to instruct under, specific course requirements may apply and may need to be completed before enrollment. Generally speaking, an online ethics portion may need to be completed before you can move forward. This online course assists individuals in answering questions which may come up in the classroom, such as navigating high pressure environments, maintaining classroom order, and administering examinations to students. There are many organizations which offer CPR instructor courses. It is important to review the requirements of each organization before applying to become an instructor for that particular organization.

Holding local community CPR classes is an opportunity healthcare providers should be taking full advantage of. There are many community individuals who rely on local CPR classes to maintain their current certifications, which keep them up to date with the new standards of emergency care. Individuals ranging from lay responders, such as coaches, teachers, and safety supervisors, to healthcare professionals, such as EMT’s nurses, and physicians, rely on local CPR classes. Everyone should see the importance of instructing more community members in CPR. It should not be difficult, for those who are willing to learn and motivated to act in times of an emergency, to locate a nearby CPR class. We need to instruct more community individuals in order to build stronger and safer communities. We need more inspirational instructors to lead the way!