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First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

SFA 801



Instructor Candidates/Instructor Training


First Aid/CPR/AED


First Aid/CPR/AED Educator

Delivery Option(s)

Web based/Classroom (Blended Learning)


Graded by Letter, Successful/Unsuccessful


This course will train instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid CPR and AED courses. In order to participate in this course you must possess a current basic-level American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED (or higher level) certification or equivalent and be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course. This is a blended learning course consisting of online content a skills session and classroom segments.


  • Be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course.

  • Possess a current basic-level Adult CPR/AED certification or equivalent or higher (see equivalency information below).

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, instructor candidates will be able to: 

■ Exhibit the characteristics required of an American Red Cross representative and role model. 

■ Follow the directives and procedures related to the conduct and administration of American Red Cross courses, including the Instructor Trainer Agreement and Instructor Trainer Code of Conduct. 

■ Conduct courses in a manner that helps participants to stay engaged in the learning process and meet course objectives. 

■ Perform applicable First Aid/CPR/AED skills to the standard at instructor-level skill proficiency. 

■ Plan for and ensure participants’ health and safety during training. 

■ Maintain complete and accurate records and reports. 

■ Plan, organize and conduct the First Aid/CPR/AED course in accordance with Red Cross policies and procedures and the requirements of the specific class they will be teaching. 

■ Facilitate peer-to-peer learning among course participants. 

■ Monitor participants’ practice, evaluate performance and provide corrective feedback and encouragement that is consistent with the skill assessment tools (i.e., Skill Practice Sheets, Assessment Scenario Flowcharts and Assessment Scenario Tools). 

■ Recognize that the requirements in the Assessment Scenario Tools are criteria for ascertaining proficiency. 

■ Effectively use program materials and training equipment. 

■ Explain procedures for acknowledging course completion and accessing American Red Cross digital certificates. 

■ Deliver quality, consistent and standardized content by following the First Aid/CPR/AED instructor manual(s) and other program materials.

Other Course Details

The First Aid/CPR/AED instructor course r.21 will be a blended learning offering with the following: 

  1. Online Introduction to the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course that includes additional instructor candidate resources, along with how to conduct skill and assessment sessions and critical eye videos.

  2. Shortened required class time (5 hours and 30 minutes). The classroom session begins with a Practice and polish skill session followed by sessions in which instructor candidates will have 2 practice teaching assignments. 

Individuals that do not complete the online Introduction to the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course, or do not possess a current American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certification or equivalent or higher, are not eligible to participate in the First Aid/CPR/AED instructor course.

Skill Boosts 

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instructors are eligible to teach the following skill boosts: 

■ Skill Boost: Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration 

■ Skill Boost: Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto- Injector Administration 

■ Skill Boost: Asthma and Quick-Relief Medication Administration 

With additional training instructors are also eligible to teach: 

■ Skill Boost: Life-threatening Bleeding and Tourniquet Application 

■ Skill Boost: Head, Neck, Muscle, Bone and Joint Injuries and Splinting 

There are two options for obtaining instructor certifications for these skill boosts: 

■ Obtain a basic-level certification by taking the necessary skill boost class OR have an equivalent certification or license in the appropriate discipline, then register for the skill boost instructor bridge and successfully complete the online portion. 

■ Successfully complete a virtual skill boost instructor class. Detailed instructions for adding a skill boost instructor certification to your profile can be found on the First Aid/CPR/AED Candidates page:

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