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BLS Instructor Course Waitlist

Ended Dec 18, 2020

Full course description

Please note: This listing is for the waitlist only.  Signing up for the waitlist is free.  However, the course cost is $170.  When the next BLS Instructor course becomes available for registration, we will email everyone on this list.  Please verify that your email address is input correctly to the waitlist to ensure receipt of the future waitlist openings email.

Course Cost: $170.00

*There is a $20 discount for all HCC students, faculty and staff.  Please email Angela Vickers ( from your HCC email account to receive the promo code. 

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



The Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Course provides certification to teach the American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider and 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 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” with 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. 

Instructors 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 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

  1. Login to the 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. Be monitored by the Training Center Coordinator

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.


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 the HCC Training Center Coordinator, Mr. Raymond Torres, at