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Requirements for CPR instructor

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Specializes in MS, Trauma, ICU, Unit Director,Case management. Has 11 years experience.

Hi fellow healthcare workers. I am currently trying make a difference and a little extra income at the same time. I want to instruct CPR classes once a month but I have a very busy schedule and may not be able to do the classes as often as I like. One of my coworkers that is a CNA wants to help me with the classes. I was wondering if a CNA can conduct a CPR class. He has been in healthcare for over 10 years and is absolutely GREAT in codes. I did not see anywhere that a person has to be in healthcare at all to conduct CPR classes or am I overlooking it? I’ve always known paramedics and nurses to instruct.

Can he instruct under me somehow? Is it legal if he assist me in conducting the CPR classes? I have reached out to AHA but haven’t gotten a response yet just trying to get some real feedback. Thanks.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

Your answer may be state specific but In California there is no requirement to be in the healthcare field to be a CRP/BLS instructor You take the classes get certified and buy/rent your books and manikins and start teaching. Just make sure you are getting certified by the American Heart Association as the American Red Cross is not accepted by most healthcare facilities to certify their employees.

Hppy

MillionDollarNurse

Specializes in MS, Trauma, ICU, Unit Director,Case management. Has 11 years experience.

3 hours ago, hppygr8ful said:

Your answer may be state specific but In California there is no requirement to be in the healthcare field to be a CRP/BLS instructor You take the classes get certified and buy/rent your books and manikins and start teaching. Just make sure you are getting certified by the American Heart Association as the American Red Cross is not accepted by most healthcare facilities to certify their employees.

Hppy

Thanks for the feedback. I am in Georgia and I don’t see anywhere that you have to be in healthcare either. I believe it must be on your performance during training to make sure you pass off as an instructor.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

For AHA- you DO have to affiliate with a TC (training center) - but to my knowledge a TC cannot impose restrictions/ qualifications outside of the AHA ones. 

It is HARD to find a TC to take you on unless you have a previous relationship. Just an FYI

MillionDollarNurse

Specializes in MS, Trauma, ICU, Unit Director,Case management. Has 11 years experience.

Okay I see. When you say a relationship, do u mean in general (like someone that I know/work with) or relationship as far as some healthcare background? 

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

Know someone.