Full course description

Course Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8:30am-4:30pm

Location:
Collaboration Studio Map
1602 N. 15th Street, Room 131
Tampa, FL 33605   
Instructor: Raymond Torres

 

Description:

The Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Course provides certification to teach the American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver® CPR Courses.   Instructor candidates must meet certain requirements before taking the classroom instructor course including: 

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have a current/official AHA BLS Provider course completion card
  • Be proficient in the skills of BLS
  • Create an account at www.ahainstructornetwork.org to become familiar with AHA requirements and the tools and resources available to you.

HCC/ICCE is an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center.  As a Training Center, HCC trains and certifies interested participants to become an AHA BLS Instructor.  Certified Instructors are “aligned” under HCC’s AHA Training Center allowing them to teach CPR courses on their own. 

Please note: Alignment under HCC does not imply nor represent affiliation as an employee, independent contractor, partner, licensee, or franchisee of Hillsborough Community College.  Alignment represents a client-customer relationship, wherein the instructor is the customer. 

Instructor must have access to training manikins and AEDs to provide training and can purchase BLS Certification Cards for a fee from the HCC Training Center for classes provided.

Steps to becoming a CPR Instructor aligned under HCC

1.       Go to www.tampatraining.com to register for the BLS Instructor Course offered at HCC.

2.       Download the BLS Instructor materials below including:

Instructor Candidate Application

BLS Instructor Candidate Workbook

BLS Instructor Policy and Procedures Agreement

3.       Submit the HCC BLS Instructor Candidate Application and signed Policy and Procedures Agreement and send copies of all current BLS/ACLS/PALS provider certification cards to Rachel Schauf, rschauf@hccfl.edu

  1. Login to the www.ahainstructornetwork.org to be familiar with AHA requirements and the tools and resources available to you.
  2. Purchase the BLS Instructor Manual ($33) through Channing Bete Company. The manual with DVD is required to be a BLS Instructor.
  3. Attend the BLS Instructor classroom course and be evaluated by HCC’s American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator.
  4. Teach one HCC course within three months of the Instructor Course while being monitored and then again before the card certification expires.

If the Instructor Certification expires without being renewed, the instructor status alignment under HCC will be deactivated.  The instructor will have to take the BLS Instructor course again to be recertified and re-aligned under the HCC AHA Training Center.

Maintaining Your BLS Instructor AHA Certification

Per AHA requirements, you must do the following to maintain your BLS Instructor certification under HCC:

  1. Teach a minimum of 4 classroom BLS provider courses over the 2 year certification period. 
  2. Be Monitored annually by teaching a CPR class with the HCC’s AHA Training Center Coordinator (see below).
  3. Adhere to policies and procedures as established by the Hillsborough Community College AHA Training Center.

It is the responsibility of the Instructor to make sure the above occurs.  Otherwise, the Instructor status under the AHA could be deactivated and/or the certification may not be renewed.  The Instructor Certification Course must be completed again to re-certify as an instructor.

Monitoring

American Heart Association Training Center regulations require that BLS Instructors be “monitored” by the Training Center during the two year certification period to maintain instructor status.  Monitoring means that the Training Center Coordinator assesses the competencies of instructor candidates and renewing instructors to verify that all education and skills standards are being met.  Instructors are not compensated for classes where monitoring occurs as it is a requirement to maintain instructor status with the American Heart Association.  An example of the Instructor Monitoring eForm can be found HERE.

Monitoring can occur in two ways:

1.      New instructors will be monitored within six months of taking the instructor course while being monitored and then again before the card certification expires. Current Instructors can request to teach an existing HCC BLS course and be monitored at that time.  Being monitored during HCC courses is based on course availability and is not guaranteed.  Instructors are not compensated at the monitoring class as it is a requirement to maintain certification.

2.      Current BLS Certified instructors can schedule a one-on-one monitoring session with the Training Center Coordinator and pay a monitoring fee.

3.      Instructors may set up CPR training opportunities in Tampa Bay and run them through HCC.  These can be held at an HCC campus or at the requesting organization itself.  The instructor would then teach the course and be monitored at that time.  The Training Center Coordinator or Allied Health Coordinator can work with the organization directly to negotiate and collect registration fees.

Note:  Instructors that teach on their own must have their equipment (manikins, AED, etc.) inspected by the Training Center Coordinator as part of monitoring.

For questions, please email rtorres@hccfl.edu or call 813-259-6512.