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About Class Formats


  • Self-paced, interactive instruction from your laptop or tablet
  • Demonstration of skill proficiency is NOT available
  • Start your course immediately
  • 2-year Red Cross Certificate of Completion may not meet workplace requirements

In-Person + Online (Blended)

  • Combines in-person sessions with self-paced, interactive online instruction
  • Complete online course, then demonstrate competencies with a certified instructor
  • 2-year Red Cross Certification meets professional licensing compliance
  • Satisfies OSHA workplace requirements


  • Combines lecture with hands-on skills sessions
  • Experienced instructors in classroom setting
  • Convenient locations and times
  • 2-year Red Cross Certification meets professional licensing compliance
  • Satisfies OSHA workplace requirements

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Red Cross train the trainer in a classroom

New Red Cross Instructors

American Red Cross Instructors are a highly trained, elite group of professionals. They teach valuable lifesaving skills to an average of 5.8 million people a year in businesses, schools and communities. Whether you are brand new to instructor training or bridging from another organization, learn how to become a new Red Cross Instructor in CPR, First Aid, AED, and Aquatics.
Red Cross Instructor Trainer teaches and certifies other instructors

Red Cross Instructor Trainer Training

A Red Cross Instructor Trainer teaches and certifies other Instructors (also known as train-the-trainer or Instructor Faculty at other organizations). Being a Red Cross Instructor Trainer is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Find out more on how to become part of this highly qualified group.

Red Cross Instructor

Easy Bridging to Become
a Red Cross Instructor

Do you or your Instructors, Instructor Trainers and/or Training Center Faculty hold a current Instructor certification from a comparable training organization such as the American Heart Association (AHA) or the Health & Safety Institute (HSI)? If so, it’s easy to bridge to American Red Cross training courses.

1. Register for the appropriate bridge.
2. Fill out the online form and submit it with the required credentials.
3. Review program materials for the course.
4. Take the free online Instructor bridge course. No in-person class is required.

Lifeguarding training by instructor at aquatic facility

Easy Crossover or Reentry Courses to become a Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor

Do you have Instructors and/or Instructor Trainers certified with another equivalent training program and interested in teaching Red Cross Lifeguarding Programs? It’s easy to get trained by completing an abbreviated blended learning crossover course designed for Instructors to achieve Red Cross instructor certification to teach. For more information, visit the Instructor Candidates Page on the Red Cross Learning Center.


If you are unable to find a course in your area, please reach out to your local aquatic facility.