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American Heart Association

PALS Instructor

INSTRUCTOR COURSE: A one-day Classroom Course with an AHA Training Faculty

FEE: $435 class TEXTBOOK: $78 ESSENTIALS: $56 (only required once)

Receive AHA Instructor Card
Receive AHA Instructor Card after course monitoring


Register Early!
Enrollment is limited. Classes fill-up quickly.
Registration and payment required prior to class.
Schedule subject to change without notice.

Course Location The CPR Lady Inc.
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15375 Barranca Pkwy, Ste J106 Irvine, CA 92618-2211

Confirmation by Email!
Class confirmation, class preparation work, driving directions, and Instructor Essentials are sent to you by email.

Course Length

  • ALL DAY 9:00AM to 5:00PM - about 8 hours

    Course Content

    • Overview of New Science-2020 Guidelines
    • Instructor Network
    • Instructor Materials and Equipment
    • Organizing and Teaching Course
    • Written Exam/ Skills Testing
    • Course Director
    • Instructor Renewal
    • Training Center Specifics
    • HeartCode PALS and Blended Learning

CEs Available! The CPR Lady Training Center has been accredited as an Authorized Provider to offer CEs to Dentists (DDS or DMD), Paramedics (Medic), Pharmacists (RPh), Physicians (MD), Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP), Respiratory Therapists (RT), Registered Nurses (RN), and Nurse Practitioners (NP)

Students must request CEs from The CPR Lady at the time of class, state their profession, give their license number, and sign the CE Roster. CEs cannot be issued after the class is completed and closed.


  • Be accepted by an AHA Training Center (TC) prior to enrolling in the Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center (Details below in section 6)
  • Have current American Heart Association PALS Provider Card and be proficient in all the skills. PALS Provider may NOT be taken online-MUST BE CLASSROOM COURSE.
  • Prior to class complete the PALS Instructor Essentials Online and print the Certificate of Completion (Details below in section 4)
  • Successfully complete the PALS classroom Instructor Course
  • Successfully complete being monitored teaching a PALS Course within six (6) months of completing the classroom Instructor Course (Details below in section 7)


  • PALS Instructors must be at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where the skills are within the provider's scope of practice
  • Have current American Heart Association PALS Provider Card
  • Complete the PALS Instructor Essentials Online and print the Certificate of Completion to the Instructor class. (Details below in section 4)
  • Align with an AHA Training Center accepting new Instructors (Details below in section 6)
  • All PALS Instructors aligning with The CPR Lady must also be aligned as BLS Instructors

Registration and payment for the PALS Instructor Course MUST be received prior to class. Register early, classes fill-up quickly. There are no reservations without payment. Class confirmation and directions are sent by email. Because the PALS Instructor Course covers a lot of material in a relatively short time, advanced preparation is required. Instructor.


Completion of the Instructor Essentials Course is required to become an AHA Instructor.

The PALS Instructor Essentials is designed to prepare Instructor Candidate to teach AHA Instructor-led and blended learning courses, show how to adequately use AHA Instructor teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The Instructor Essentials Course is an online, self-directed, and discipline-specific course. The PALS Instructor Essentials is purchased from The CPR Lady for $56. A keycode is emailed to access the Essentials Course. The PALS Instructor Essentials is a one-time only requirement.

Student MUST have PALS Instructor Manual to complete PALS Instructor Essentials.

Continuing education credits are offered by AHA for the ACLS Instructor Essentials Course.

Upon completion of the PALS Instructor Essentials Course, the Instructor Candidate prints a Certificate of Completion which must be brought to the classroom Instructor Course.

All keycode sales are final. Keycode cannot be returned once it is issued.

AHA policy states, "Each student must have the current, appropriate textbook readily available before, during and after the course." The PALS Instructor Manual (20-1117) MUST be brought to the class.

The PALS Instructor Manual may be purchased from The CPR Lady. The Manual can be picked up prior to class or mailed for an additional fee.

Student MUST have PALS Instructor Manual to complete PALS Instructor Essentials.

American Heart Association requires Instructor Candidates to align with an authorized Training Center that is accepting new Instructors when signing up for an Instructor Course. The CPR Lady Training Center automatically aligns all Instructors who take The CPR Lady Instructor Courses and does not charge an additional alignment fee.

If Instructor is aligned with another Training Center, please inform The CPR Lady Training Center in advance and bring a completed Instructor Candidate Application to class signed by that Training Center's Training Center Coordinator.

Instructor status is granted and an Instructor card is issued after the Instructor successfully completes the Instructor Course and demonstrates teaching skills while being monitored during a PALS Provider or PALS Provider Update Course. The monitoring must take place within three (3) months of the PALS Instructor Course. If Instructor is aligned with another Training Center, monitoring will be done and Instructor Card issued by that Training Center.

American Heart Association policy states new PALS Instructors MAY NOT teach classes on their own until they become a Course Director. A PALS Instructor may do Skills Testing for PALS and act as an assisting Instructor in a PALS Course. 

The process to become a course Director involves 3 steps.

  1. Application
  2. Complete PALS Precourse Self-Assessment (PSA)
  3. View PALS Course Director Orientation

    The CPR Lady provides American Heart Association CPR BLS Provider and Instructor certifications and renewals throughout Southern California including Orange County, LA County, San Diego County, and Inland Empire, as well as, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Sacramento County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The CPR Lady is authorized to issue AHA cards in California, Arizona and Nevada.


    The communities of South Orange County, North Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, El Toro, Emerald Bay, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Mirada, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, Lake Forest, La Mirada, Long Beach, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Placentia, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Stanton, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Villa Park, Westminster, Whittier, Yorba Linda.


    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.


    The CPR Lady is an authorized provider of Continuing Education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Dental Board of California, California Department of Public Health and California Emergency Medical Services Authority. The CPR Lady offers CEUs to Certified Medical Assistants (CMA), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aides (HHA), Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) with American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), Dentists (DDS or DMD), Dental Assistants (RDA), Dental Hygienists (RDH), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Paramedics (Medic), Physicians (MD), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Psychiatric Technicians (Psych Tech), Occupational Therapists (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA), Pharmacists (RPh), Pharmacy Technician (Ph Tech), Physician Assistants (PA), Physical Therapists (PT), Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA), Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP), Respiratory Therapists (RT), Registered Nurses (RN) and Nurse Practitioners (NP).

    Students must request CEUs at the time of class, state their profession, give their license number, and sign the CEU Roster. CEUs cannot be issued after the class is completed and closed.



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