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AHA PALS Instructor Essentials

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Welcome to the AHA PALS Instructor Essentials Course

This course will prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended-learning course formats. This Instructor Essentials course educates participants on how to adequately use instructor teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses.

Educational Design

The Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format. To become an AHA Instructor, candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session, which is classroom based. The online portion of the course contains both core content and discipline-specific modules to prepare the instructor candidates for the hands-on session. In the classroom, faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA Instructors by focusing on in-depth material about the disciplines that candidates will be teaching. The hands-on session includes instruction, practice, and an exam, allowing instructor candidates to successfully use their instructor materials and skills.

The following components are required for a candidate to complete their instructor certification:

  • Module 1: AHA PALS Instructor Essentials self-directed, online session located on AHA eLearning (Assigned by BREMSS TC)
  • Module 2: PALS Instructor Essentials Lecture Session 
  • Module 3: PALS Instructor Essentials Psychomotor Session
  • Module 4: Candidate monitoring (must be with approved BREMSS AHA Training Center Faculty)


Birmingham Regional EMS System

Birmingham Regional EMS System - BREMSS

410 10th Avenue South, Suite B
35205 Birmingham AL
United States

2024 Schedule

June 13-14, 2024

Day 1: Thursday 6/13/2024 Lecture

Day 2: Friday 6/14/2024 Skills

Instructor Monitoring: TBD


Prior to the classroom session, you must complete the online AHA Instructor Essentials module.

Within 7 days of the leacture module, you will receive an email from This must be completed prior to the lecture session.


Non EMS or Out of Region EMSP: $330.00

EMSP affiliated with a BREMSS EMS Agency should contact the BREMSS AHA TC Staff for information on EMS Pricing. You may email prior to completing registration.

To be eligible for a discount you must be actively affiliated with an EMS agency within the BREMSS 7 county region. 

Payment Methods

All payments by indivuiduals must be submitted via the online payment method.

Per BREMSS policy, only companies, agencies, and educational institutions shall be invoiced. Individuals must submit an online payment upon registration.


Who Can Take the Course

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor Essentials Course is an intensive course for instructor candidates who have already successfully completed the PALS Provider Course. The role and scope of practice of healthcare providers can vary greatly, so there are no profession-specific guidelines for becoming an AHA Instructor in a specific discipline. Instructor candidates should exemplify integrity, demonstrate strong ethics, communicate clearly, and model a dedication to quality of training.

The PALS Course uses a variety of teaching methods and adult learning principles in an environment that, in some cases, will mimic (simulate)—or may actually be—a real healthcare setting (eg, back of an ambulance, emergency department bed). From an educational perspective, the closer the simulated emergency is to a real-life case (eg, setting, equipment), the better the transfer of skills. Cognitive, psychomotor, and some affective domains will be accomplished through small-group teaching and case scenario practice on a manikin as a Team Leader and team members (ie, hands-on learning) and the use of large- or small-group short video presentations with instructor-student interaction (ie, engage students in discussion).

ACLS instructor candidates must meet certain requirements before taking the Instructor Essentials Course. Before attending the hands-on session (facilitated by faculty), all instructor candidates must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be aligned with an AHA TC
    • Instructor candidates must have a TC that has agreed to accept them as an instructor once they have completed Instructor Essentials and their monitoring is completed.
  • Have a current AHA PALS Provider course completion card
  • Be proficient in the skills of PALS
    • To measure the proficiency of the skills of PALS, be sure to observe instructor candidates during the course. If you feel that instructor candidates need to be retested in their skills of PALS, you can include this as part of the Instructor Essentials Course.
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application
  • Successfully complete the online portion of Instructor Essentials


BREMSS TC specific requirements


  • The BREMSS TC requires all instructor candidates to provide a letter from your employer or agency training officer or medical director requesting admission to the the AHA PALS Instructor Essentials course. This letter should also verify the candidate meets the required skills proficiency and knowledge as it pertainins to PALS. The instructor candidate may also provide documentation from the AHA lead instructor of the most recent provider course verifying that the candidate has met instructor potential in the requested discipline. 
  • Proof of healthcare licensure, i.e. Paramedic Licensure, NREMT Paramedic Certification, Nursing Licensure, etc.

Steps to Become an Instructor

There are 4 steps to become an AHA Instructor. For successful completion, instructor candidates must

  1. Be accepted by an AHA Training Center (TC) before enrolling in an Instructor Essentials Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that TC
  2. Have current AHA Provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Essentials Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline
  3. Successfully complete the Instructor Essentials Course, including both the online and hands-on session
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching within 6 months after completing the hands-on session of the Instructor Essentials Course (Training Center Coordinators [TCCs] may require additional monitoring, if needed)

Required Documentation

The following documentation must be uploaded upon course registration:

  • Instructor Candidate Application
  • Current AHA PALS Provider Certification
  • Letter from your employer or agency requesting admission to the AHA PALS Instructor Course and verifying that you meet the prerequisite skills and knowledge pertaining to PALS. 
  • Healthcare Certification Documentation

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