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Instructor Courses 

Becoming an Instructor is an expensive process.  Along with the costs associated with the Instructor course. all the matierials and the equipment required for courses is also costly.  You must be willing to take on the expense of becoming an Instructor.  We would be happy to discuss this with you prior to your commiting to the process, if you wish.  

Memo from American Heart Association

Instructor candidates must adhere to requirements set by the American Heart Association. You must have the following to take an Instructor course.

  • Be aligned with an AHA BLS Training Center prior to taking the Instructor course
  • Send in an Instructor Course Application
  • Send in a copy of a current, not expired, AHA CPR card

BLS/Heartsaver Instructor Course

A BLS/Heartsaver instructor course is approximately eight hours. These Instructor Courses are designed to prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of the resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses.

Download Instructor Candidate Application

Two steps to save a life: Call Right Away! - Push Hard & Fast in the Center of the Chest!


February 27, 2019  - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

April 24, 2019 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

June 19, 2019 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

September 25, 2019 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm  

November 20, 2019 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Nurse Watching Over Patient

BLS/HEARTSAVER Provider Instructor Course - 2019

Cost: $425.00 - This fee DOES NOT include:

BLS/Heartsaver Essentials on line - $34.00
Healthcare Provider Instructor Manual - $39.25 OR BLS Instructor Packet - Includes BLS provider and InstructorManuals, BLS course DVD $120.00

Heartsaver Instructor Manual - $54.00

*We Do Not Provide REQUIRED Course Manuals

This course is designed for people who wish to teach healthcare providers including:

  • EMT's, RN's, CNA's, Paramedics
• Doctors
• Anyone Who Works in a Medical Environment

BLS instructors may also teach all Heartsaver courses, which includes:

• Heartsaver CPR
• Heartsaver AED
• Heartsaver First-Aid
For successful completion, instructor candidates must:
• Be Accepted by an AHA Training Center before Enrolling in an Instructor Course
• Have Current AHA BLS Provider Card or for Heartsaver candidates: current Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED for Adults, Children and Infants

Take the  BLS (and Heartsaver ) Essentials ONLINE and print out a certificate indicating that you have successfully completed the online Essentials course.  You must take this course prior to the Instructor course and have your Instructor manual(s) with you so that you can refer to them as you take the online course.  

If you need to cancel, you must do so at least  2 weeks before the course in order to receive a refund. There are no refunds if you cancel in less than 2 weeks.

*TCCs can require additional monitoring if needed


COST:  $425.00
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual - $54.00

This course is for Individuals who wish to teach Lay Rescuers - Child care givers, Security Guards, Babysitters, Teachers, Adult Caregivers
Heartsaver Instructors cannot teach BLS courses, only Heartsaver courses.

For Successful Completion, Heartsaver Instructor Candidates must:
Send in an Application 
Provide A current AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED card for Adults, Children and Infants

  • Take the online BLS/Heartsaver Essentials course online
    • Successfully complete the classroom Instructor course
    • Successfully be monitored teaching a classroom course

BLS & Heartsaver Instructors Must:

Demonstrate Potential
You can be identified as demonstrating instructor potential by showing:
1. A Strong Desire to Teach
2. Excellent BLS Skills Performance & Problem-Solving Skills
3. Ability to Follow Directions & Follow through with Tasks
4. Ability to Communicate Effectively in English, in front of a Group
5. Willingness to Come into the Office of Lawson TEC for Skills a Check-off Prior to the Instructor Course
6. Agreement to Teach a MINIMUM of Four Classes in Two Years
7. Presenting a Completed Instructor Candidate Application (All Sections Must Be Filled out) 
Registration Process
1. Forward a Brief Statement as to Why You Wish to Participate in This Course
2. Forward a Check for the Cost of the Course Made out to Lawson TEC Training Center or a Credit Card Number
3. Complete the AHA Instructor Candidate Application, with Appropriate Signatures in All Sections
4. Forward a Copy of Your Current Healthcare Provider Card (Front & Back)5.  Forward a copy of your Essentials On Line Certificate
5. Come into Lawson TEC for Skills Check off 
6. Order Your Instructor Manual(s) & Review Them Prior to Class (Bring Them to the Instructor Course)
Participant must have exemplary CPR skills in order to take an instructor course. If skills are not at the level they should be, we encourage you to attend as many courses as you need to get to the level you should be to take the instructor course. We can email you additional information. 

Monitoring & Mentoring
Each instructor candidate is required to be monitored teaching a Provider course upon completion of the instructor course. The monitoring process is facilitated by your training center. The training center does not issue an instructor card until a satisfactory monitoring has been done. A second and third monitoring may be required. This is not recommended as a punitive measure, but as part of our mentoring process to ensure all instructors are proficient and feel completely comfortable to teach ALL BLS courses offered by the AHA.

If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 2 weeks before the class in order to receive a refund.  There are no refunds if you cancel  less than two weeks before the class.


Please use this checklist as a guide to completing the required elements. All items must be checked off before you can attend a BLS instructor course.
1. You must be affiliated with an AHA training center. You may contact area training centers ( to see if they will take you on as a new Instructor. Their role will be to monitor you teaching a CPR course and then issue your instructor card. If you wish to affiliate with Lawson TEC, please contact us to be sure that we have room for new instructors. You will need to come into our office and show us your skills before we can sign your instructor course application.
2. Instructor Course Application
3. $425.00 Payment, per Credit Card, Cash or Check (a Spot Cannot Be Guaranteed without Payment)
4. For BLS Provider Instructors, a Current BLS Provider Card
5. For Heartsaver Instructors, a Current Heartsaver First-Aid with CPR AED for Adults, Children, Infants Card
6. Candidate Orders Instructor Manuals; Must Have Them for the Course
7.  Take the online BLS or Hesartsaver Essentials course ($34.00) and bring the certificate to the Instructor course
8. BLS Provider Instructor Manual (#15-1009 $39.25)
9. Heartsaver Instructor Manual (#15-1023) (If You Will Be Teaching Heartsaver Courses, including First-Aid, to Non-Medical People) $54.00
10. Skills Checked off - Participants are assumed to have mastered the cognitive subject matter and skills needed to teach CPR and first-aid. Class time will be spent on information needed by the Instructor candidate to successfully teach American Heart Association CPR courses. Therefore, we ask that you make an appointment with us to have your skills checked off before the Instructor course. Skills check off will take about 30 minutes. Time will be taken during the Instructor course to ensure your skills are in accordance with the American Heart Association standards.

Group Instructor Courses

LAWSON TEC also provides group instructor courses. If a group of at least four people (but no more than six) wish to take an instructor course, we can provide the course for you on a mutually determined date.  


LAWSON TEC only takes four to six people in an instructor course. If you sign up for the instructor course, you can cancel up until two weeks before the class. If you cancel less than two weeks before the course, you have to pay for another instructor course. Our Herndon, Virginia, training center does not offer refunds if you cancel your spot less than two weeks before the scheduled instructor course.

Distributor of AHA Materials

Here are the three distributors who provide AHA materials. You can purchase your instructor manuals from one of them.

• Worldpoint: ECC 1-888-322-8350 (