The Northern Virginia EMS Council is an approved American Heart Association Training Center. Our primary focus is to train first responders affiliated with our Board of Directors. We are focused on supporting our member agencies, providing education, community outreach, and public access defibrillation (PAD) programs to our member agencies.  As such, we are not in a position to support the needs of entrepreneurial instructors/businesses.

Member Training Sites

  • Arlington County Fire Department
  • City of Alexandria Fire Department
  • City of Fairfax Fire Department
  • Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department
  • Physicians Transport Services
  • Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue

Useful links:

AHA 2015 Guidelines - Access the 2015 Guidelines for CPR and ECC

Learn more about Hands-Only CPR - Hands-Only CPR is CPR without performing mouth to mouth using only two steps to save a life.

  1. Dial 911
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest

ECC Class Connector - Find an AHA CPR class near you   

AHA Instructor Network - The AHA Instructor Network is designed for instructors. All instructors must sign up to the network in order to receive new guideline information and other pertinent information from The American Heart Association. 

How to become an AHA Instructor - Becoming an American Heart Association instructor is easy after consulting with an American Heart Association Training Center to find out whether the Training Center (TC) is accepting new instructors and the Training Center Coordinator's (TCC) preferred course delivery.

The steps are simple – get started today!

  1. Be accepted by your local AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center.
  2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. Disciplines include ACLS, BLS, PALS, PEARS, and Heartsaver.
  3. Successfully complete the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring.


Beginning Thursday, September 21, 2017, the AHA will introduce the sixth edition/2017 Program Administration Manual (PAM)-US Version. The updated manual shortens and simplifies the current fifth edition/2012 PAM, as well as includes updated requirements for Training Centers and Instructors. 

What You Need to Know
The 2017 PAM includes the most up-to-date information, including information about the upcoming eCard and feedback devices requirements, context around the Training Center renewal process, liability insurance requirements, and more. 

The PAM is intended to supplement current CPR and ECC information and training materials. New policies, changes to the current PAM policies, and clarification of policies are announced in Training Bulletins and Training Memos. 

What You Need to Do
The new edition of PAM provides updated requirements that impact administration and courses. Please thoroughly review the new PAM to ensure new and updated policies are followed. These policies help ensure consistency and quality delivery of courses, ultimately improving the ability of your students to save lives. 

More Information
Please view the 2017 PAM-US Version and the related FAQs available on the AHA Instructor Network. 

pdf 2017 AHA Program Administration Manual (380 KB)

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