Heartsaver AED & CFR Community Instructor Course


The objective of this instructor course is to train laypeople to teach the following courses to other members of the general public.

The courses are:

This instructor course is two days in length, during which candidates will practice facilitating a class with roleplay as both an instructor and provider candidate. Participants will also learn how to administer the course and keep appropriate records, to remediate skills and answer reasonable questions.

To successfully complete the course practical skills must be successfully demonstrated throughout the practical lessons of the course and instructor competencies must be achieved.

Please note that candidates completing the Heartsaver / CFR Community Instructor Course will be qualified to teach at layperson level only, NOT at Healthcare provider level, therefore this course is only applicable for those wishing to teach layperson CPR and AED courses. There is NO upgrade course and anyone wishing to teach the BLS Provider course will still be required to complete the full BLS Instructor course.


Pre Course Considerations:

Candidates are required to have completed the full Heartsaver AED Course (including adult, child and infant modules) as a prerequisite to attend the Heartsaver / CFR Instructor Course and this provider certification must be in date at the time of attending the instructor course. Instructor candidates must ensure they have excellent practical skills at Heartsaver level across adult, infant, and child.

The Irish Heart Foundation only recognises Heartsaver and CFR training when it is conducted through our affiliated organisations and course completion cards are only issued through the training site coordinators linked to these organisations. Therefore you may wish to consider aligning yourself to such an affiliated training site prior to going to the effort of attending an instructor course to ensure your training will be able to be certified.

Instructor Competencies

Heartsaver / CFR Instructors need to be proficient in all Heartsaver/CFR skills and be able to teach IHF, AHA and PHECC certified courses correctly and as they were intended with a high standard of ethics and professionalism. Instructors need to be able to test candidates effectively. Instructors also need to be able to manage space, time, materials and paperwork in compliance with IHF, AHA, PHECC, and their own training site’s guidelines.

Post Course Certification Requirements

Once the Heartsaver/ CFR Community Instructor Course is successfully completed, new Heartsaver/ CFR Community Instructors must participate in the delivery of at least 3 courses before becoming recognised as an instructor.

Firstly they must teach alongside an experienced instructor, on the second course they should lead the course with the support and guidance of an experienced instructor, and on the third course, they must successfully deliver the course.

An instructor candidate’s monitoring must be done within 90 days of completing the instructor course and monitoring must be completed by a current BLS Provincial Faculty member.

Maintaining Instructor Certification

A Heartsaver/ CFR Community Instructor is required to re-certify every two years in order to stay current as an instructor. Heartsaver Instructors teaching CFR Community courses being certified by the IHF must use the Heartsaver AED Course as a basis with a CFR add-on module.

To teach CFR courses through the IHF instructors are required to keep both AHA Heartsaver Certification and PHECC CFR Instructor Certification in date. In order to re-certify as a CFR Community Instructor through the IHF, an instructor must have taught a minimum of 4 CFR Community courses as add-ons to the Heartsaver course in the two-year period of their certification. Certification expires at the end of the month two years from the date of the initial training course or last re-certification course.

To re-certify the instructor must successfully demonstrate all Heartsaver skills, complete any relevant updates as required (e.g. guidelines updates) and the instructor should be monitored by a BLS Provincial Faculty member while teaching on a course. Please refer to instructor recertification for further details. A list of the BLS Provincial Faculty can be obtained for monitoring and recertification by request directly from the Foundation via email here or call us on 01 668 5001.

There are no Heartsaver AED + CFR Community instructor courses currently being organised, however please continue to check this website page for any upcoming dates and locations.