The Ultimate CPR Instructor Guide

Teaching CPR and other health safety education classes can be relatively easy and fun. However, the rubber meets the road when you step outside of the classroom to keep your business running. There is a lot to learn and a lot to remember. To help CPR instructors spend more time in the classroom doing what they love, we have compiled this guide to point you to the answers you need. Here you will find CPR instructor help for legal, business, administration, equipment, credentialing, and teaching help.

Legal Framework

  • Legal Considerations
  • What licenses do I need?
    • Generally, you will need to file for an EIN and get a state business license as well as a city and county business license.
    • Apply for your EIN directly through the IRS. You will need this before getting a business license or any bank accounts.
  • Should I be an LLC or Sole Proprietor?
    • Many business owners start out as sole proprietors because it’s simple. Minimal paperwork is required and there’s no big outlay of cost. This is attractive for new entrepreneurs, particularly those testing a business idea. Taxes are also simpler and cost less for sole proprietors.
    • However, the rubber hits the road as your business starts growing. A sole proprietorship structure offers no legal protection for your personal assets, so you could end up personally bankrupt if your business doesn’t succeed as planned. LLC owners, on the other hand, aren’t personally liable for business debts. LLC’s also offer tax flexibility. Most LLC owners stick with pass-through taxation, which is how sole proprietors are taxed. However, you can choose corporate tax status for your LLC if doing so will save you money. Every state recognizes the LLC structure to encourage small business growth. The best business structure for you will depend on many factors, and it’s best to consult a business lawyer before making this decision. However, due to the combination of liability protection and tax flexibility, an LLC is often a great fit for a small business owner.
  • What insurance do I need?
    • There are more than just one type of insurance policy. There is General liability, Professional liability, Business liability, Workmen’s Comp liability, etc. Find a broker who will educate you about the different types of insurance, and one who will shop out rates from several agencies.

Business Framework & Help

  • How Much does it cost to start a CPR business?
  • How to start a CPR business and create a business model.
  • How to Set up a CPR Business Website.
  • How do I advertise or market my business?
  • How do I price my classes?
  • What do I put in business contracts?
  • How do I hire employees or contractors?
  • How do I handle class rescheduling or cancellations?
  • How to apply for Government & Large Contracts


  • How do I buy certification cards?
  • How do I send certification cards?
  • How do I edit certification cards?


  • What equipment do I need?
  • How do I replace lung bags in Prestan Manikins?
  • Where to buy Epi Pen Trainers
  • How to Make Reusable First Aid Training Kits

Instructor Accreditation / Credentialing

Teaching & Instruction Help

  • How do I prepare for my first class?
  • Best Classes to Offer in a CPR Business
  • How do I offer Bloodeborne Pathogen’s Training?

More Resources

We hope to help you in your CPR business and mission to save lives through quality education. Please reach out and let us know if you have more questions and we will do our best to connect you with the information you need.

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