Basic Life Support – Instructor Course

2 Day – BLS Instructor Course

Course Description

The Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Course is designed to prepare BLS instructors to disseminate the science, skills and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in BLS & Heart saver Courses.

The American Heart Association Instructor Course is video-intensive and CD directed. It provides a model of the behaviours that each module teaches; the course is highly interactive, requiring candidates to make decisions, engage in dialogue and reflect on what constitutes quality instruction; the course takes at least 8-hours to complete.

The Discipline Specific Module Course (DSM) is a full day learning experience facilitated by a BLS Faculty Member. The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider course is a prerequisite for this course and provides many opportunities for application and practice of instruction, skills teaching and assessment.

Assessment and Monitoring

Within six months of attending the DSM course, the instructor candidate must independently organise and present an American Heart Association Course during which he/she will be monitored by the BLS Faculty Member to audit performance, knowledge and skills.

After successful monitoring, the instructor candidate is registered with the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa as a BLS and/or Heart saver Instructor, capable of teaching American Heart Association & Resuscitation Council CPR and Basic Life Support Courses


  • Instructor candidates must hold a valid AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider Certificate
  • Instructor candidates must be linked to a recognised Basic Life Support Training Centre
  • Instructor candidates must achieve at least 84% on the written examination
  • Instructor candidates must be monitored within 3-months of the Instructor Course
  • Instructor candidates must be prepared to attend a formal update, and/or be re-monitored every two years


  • Accredited by American Heart Association (AHA).

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Nina Steinberg

Pretoria, South Africa

“Training was very very good. The standard at ATA is superior to other training centres I have used in the past. ATA definitely upheld standards of the AHA. I have done training in SA & overseas with AHA and ATA can be proud of their standards.

Riaan was Excellent – perfectly gauged with regard to how much info to give and when. Equipment and venue is all excellent, nothing to complain about. Special commendation to Melissa for her service. Will definitely come back and refer others.”

Course Attended: ITLS

Mariaan Pienaar

Benoni, South Africa

“Very well organized and well-presented. Michael & Riaan – Both instructors were knowledgeable & experienced – see experience coming through when training. They both skilled and have ability to pass information across from different point of view, adjusted to suit the delegates levels. Training room is great, well ventilated – aircon not working didn’t matter. Layout correct, well set up, started on time. Mel is very good, well organized & put together. Absolutely will come back – Best quality training I have experienced.”

Course Attended: PALS & ACLS

David da Silva

Edenvale, South Africa

“Absolutely awesome. Great Facilitator & course. Facility is superb. Food was remarkable. All commented on the quality of food. Made comparison to other Training Centres and said we are far better and reflect a professional establishment. Good Communication, courses all ran smoothly.”

Course attended: BLS & ACLS

Dr Christelle Ngwey

Alberton, South Africa

“Wow! Extremely valuable. Yvette was amazing, I wanted to keep going even though I was tired. Course is bulky but good. Yvette went down to their level, made it easy and understandable. Very knowledgeable and she went above and beyond. Equipment; all was available, even had meds to show. Mel was patient and she appreciates Mel’s patience.” Course Attended: PALS

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