Quote from NurseMercedes
HI there... my question is.. after becoming certified will I be able to work independantly for myself or will I be "employeed" by the training center??
You have to maintain affiliation with a training center but you can teach BLS classes on your own. You do have to follow AHA guidelines (which actually aren't that hard, most of the teaching is done via video). To teach on your own, you're gonna need a TV and DVD player (for the video), manikins (adult and possibly infant), some type of barriers, and if you plan on doing AED teaching, gonna need an AED display (they make non-functioning units for teaching). Then you will have to buy cards from your training center...cost is usually around $2 a card for you. You will also need supplies for your students (ie, books..can't remember the last cost). I gave students a break and only charged them $30 for the course, everyone else $40 (which is the going rate in my area).
You may teach for the training center...say they have a mass BLS class going on and send out a request for instructors. If you are affiliated with that TC, you can be "employed" by them..they pay you an hourly rate to teach the class. When you teach on your own, you get profit after you pay for your supplies. Some TC's let you rent supplies from them. But I"ll be honest with you, if you are looking to set up your own business, you can find a lot of stuff off ebay. I got ALL my stuff except my student's handbooks (ordered those directly from WorldPoint, an AHA supplier). I was doing pretty good there for a while, enjoyed it but had to let it lapse due to going back to school myself.
Hope this helps.