American Heart Association Training Center


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.


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