To become a CPR instructor, you need a minimum of a high school education, basic-level CPR certification and a passing grade on the Red Cross pre-instructor exam. You must complete the first training course and the instructor course. You must also prepare to get recertified as required.
The American Heart Association and the Red Cross have different requirements for CPR instructor certification. The pre-instructor exam is only required for the Red Cross, while the AHA requires a new instructor to teach a class while monitored.
Basic-level CPR certification programs offer CPR basics for adults and children and teach the use of an automated external defibrillator. However, if you intend on becoming a CPR Instructor through the AHA, it is important to contact them to make sure they are accepting new instructors.
The Red Cross pre-instructor exam is available online and is a prerequisite to attending the first required course, which is also required by the AHA. This course can also be completed online.
The final step is the instructor course, which available online through the Red Cross and the AHA. You can also opt to take this course in a classroom or a combination of online and in the classroom.