PALS Instructor Course


The AHA PALS Instructor Course is geared towards those at least 18 years of age who are licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where the skills are within the provider’s scope of practice. It is recommended that PALS Instructor Candidates have a strong understanding of PALS and BLS Provider, prior to attempting to join this course. Potential candidates must be able to interpret cardiac rhythms and cardiac pharmacology for this type of AHA Instructor Online course. 


  • 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
  • Have current American Heart Association PALS Provider Card and be proficient in all the skills.
  • Prior to class complete the PALS Instructor Essentials Online and print the Certificate of Completion
  • Successfully complete the PALS classroom Instructor Course

Classroom Course Content

    • Overview of American Heart Association’s 2020 Guidelines
    • Navigating Instructor Network
    • Instructor Materials and Equipment
    • Organizing and Teaching Course
    • Written Exam/ Skills Testing
    • Training Center Specifics
    • HeartCode PALS and Blended Learning; how to conduct skills
  • Successfully complete being monitored teaching a PALS Course within three (3) months of completing the classroom Instructor Course
  • Have a current American Heart Association PALS Provider Card and be proficient in all the skills.
  • Complete the PALS Instructor Essentials Online and print the Certificate of Completion to the Instructor class.
  • 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. Code 3 Life Training Center automatically aligns all Instructors who take Code 3 Life’s Instructor Courses.
    • If the Instructor is aligned with another Training Center, please inform Code 3 Life Training Center in advance and bring a completed Instructor Candidate Application to class signed by that Training Center’s Training Center Coordinator.
  • All PALS Instructors aligning with Code 3 Life must also be aligned as BLS Instructors



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

The PALS Instructor Essentials Online is the self-directed, online portion of the PALS Instructor Essentials blended learning Course. Course content covers steps for becoming an AHA PALS Instructor and steps of the instruction cycle: Prepare, Teach, Test & Remediate, Close, and Keep Current. This course includes core information about instructing AHA PALS Provider courses, followed by course-specific information.

The PALS Instructor Essentials Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA Instructor-led and blended learning PALS Provider courses. It educates instructor candidates on how to 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 course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses.

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 an PALS Provider or PALS Provider Update Course. The monitoring must take place within three (3) months of the PALS Instructor Course at either of Code 3 Life’s locations. If the Instructor is aligned with another Training Center, monitoring will be done and Instructor Card issued by that Training Center.


Once you purchase the Instructor Essentials online course, we will send you the activation code and instructions by email within 24-48 hours. When you have finished online course, please print your certificate and call our office to schedule the in person skills; 866-906-0090.

Please note, once you purchase an online course, there will be no refunds or transfers of credit whether you complete the course or not.

Fee Includes: Instructor Essentials Online Course and Instructor Manual
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