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It can definitely be scary to start a new business or dive into something unfamiliar. We absolutely understand the concerns you might have! That’s why today we’re talking about the 5 reasons NOT to become an AHA Instructor!
As a CPR instructor, you’ll be running your own business and let’s face it – that can be hard work and it takes effort. The thing is, it’s a different kind of work than you’re probably used to when you’re working for yourself. The work just feels different! You’re investing in yourself, your business, and your own success. If you don’t have the time or make the effort to invest in yourself, you probably won’t be successful and you should re-consider whether it’s worth it to become an AHA instructor.
Along with any new endeavor also comes challenges and learning new skills. To become an AHA Instructor, this means learning how to navigate the AHA Instructor Network, learning how to issue AHA certifications, understanding how to assist students with claiming and accessing their certifications, and learning how to properly submit documentation. And that’s just for starters! As your business grows, your skills will need to grow as well. There are endless business skills you can learn including digital marketing, online scheduling, and even social media design. Our advice? Take it one step at a time and just start with the basics, making sure you know the in’s and out’s of being a good AHA instructor before you spend a lot of money on things you might not even need.
At Mid-Florida CPR, we know what areas new instructors tend to struggle with and we’ve created a dedicated instructor resource site (free to all of our aligned instructors). This site is full of all the information you need to be successful – interactive learning courses, discussion forums to find answers and ask questions, posts to keep instructors up-to-date with any AHA changes, and private messaging where you can communicate with us and other instructors. So if you aren’t willing to learn new skills, you probably won’t be successful as an AHA instructor.
Healthcare is constantly evolving – and therefore, the AHA guidelines have to change from time to time too! The American Heart Association ensures the guidelines they release are research based with the main focus of improving patient outcomes and survival rates. AHA updates their guidelines about every 5 years so that means a complete re-haul of materials from manuals, course DVD’s, and exams. As an AHA Instructor, you have to be willing to adapt to these changes. The latest guidelines were released in October of 2020 so now is the perfect time to become an AHA instructor since all the materials will be current for several more years. Additionally, policies and procedures tend to change from time to time and as an instructor, you have to be able to go with the flow and work these changes into your classes. So if you hate change and aren’t willing to stay up-to-date with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines, being AHA instructor won’t be an ideal choice for you.
If you find yourself cutting corners a lot, you may want to re-consider becoming an AHA instructor. As the standard for healthcare providers for BLS, ACLS, and PALS courses, the American Heart Association has specific rules and policies for their instructors. Your Training Center is responsible for ensuring that you know and follow these policies. For this reason, the very first step to getting started teaching is to find the right Training Center to align with. Finding a good Training Center can make all the difference in your success or failure as an instructor. It’s important to shop around and see the differences in requirements before selecting a Training Center since these can vary.
As an AHA instructor, you’re going to need to communicate with your Training Center about any issues you have – whether business or personal. Additionally, you’ll need to communicate with students and potential students about requirements for classes. Instructors who have a solid foundation of knowledge tend to communicate better and we aim to make sure our instructors are well-informed. At Mid-Florida CPR, our top performing instructors have a very open line of communication with us and take advantage of all the resources we provide. So if you have a difficult time with communication, you should think twice about becoming an AHA instructor.
These are just a few things to consider when you’re deciding whether you want to become an instructor or not. There are plenty of benefits to becoming an AHA instructor – we’ve even outlined our top 5 reasons for becoming an AHA instructor. We encourage everyone to make a decision that is best for their personal life journey! If you have questions or concerns about being an AHA instructor, feel free to leave us a comment below!
Mid-Florida CPR is an American Heart Association Training Center based in Longwood, FL (near Orlando) and supports hundreds of instructors across the nation who have invested in themselves and their communities – are you ready to join them? Register for an AHA instructor class today! Have questions for us? Let us know!