hi bob, thanks for the info. i have a few more questions.
you stated that you are affiliated with a training center.
does this mean that you work for a training facililty and also have your own business teaching acls? i am afiliated with a training center. i have my own training site which functions independantly with oversight from the training center. i report my numbers to them who in turn report them to the aha. i do not work for the hospital that is the training center. i have developed a good relationship with them though.
does the training center find your clients? no. well occassionally they will refer outside people to me that are looking for a class, but overall, they have very little to do with me.
what are the benefits of being associated with a training center opposed to having your own site? i have my own training site. the aha would not allow me to become a training center at the time because of the proximety of my business to this hospital. i have not persued becoming a training center because my site functions pretty similiar to a training center.
what are your thoughts about marketing the bls/acls classes yourself and teaching the classes at your own site? i dont do much bls because the profit is not there. i do mostly acls. marketing has done some good, but i have found word of mouth a much better marketing campaign. if you put on a quality class, the word will get around.
what are the requirements for bls it. does this mean that you can train people to be aha instructors? i can train bls instructors and have 10 that i oversee. i also do bls instructor courses for the public, in which they have to align themselves with a training site/center.
as an acls instructor from aha are you allowed to teach this class in different areas( counties, cities, states?) does this require approval from aha? i teach all around the state. it does not require approval. from my understanding, you are only allowed to teach in the state your training center is located. you can align with a training site/center in another state, but will be teaching under them in that state.
bob, how often do you teach the acls classes? do you do this full time?
business varies, but in jan-may i was doing a class a week. june i only did 2 and july 1. it slows down a bit during the summer, but picks up in the fall. i have a full time job, so i dont teach full time. i guess i could if i really wanted to, and its a future plan of mine. i dont do much cpr and have had many offers to do so.
do you teach other things besides bls/acls, such as ekg interpretation?
i teach basic, advanced and 12 lead ekg interpretation. i also teach basic and advanced airway management. occasionally i'll do a iv course, picc line course and so forth. i ocassionally do first aid and aed courses as well. i look to doing phtls, amls, pals, and others in the near future.
how long have you been teaching acls? since 1999
do you enjoy what you do? very much so.
how profitable is this type of business or what is the potential profit for this type of business?
it can be very profitable. probably will depend on your location and population. with the hospitals cutting back on education, there is a demand. i also sell study guides, crash cart cards and so forth. i sell other educational products, like train the trainer and so forth. my goal is for this to be a full time job by the end of 2009.
thanks again bob. i appreciate all your help and suggestions.
let me know if you have any other questions.