Become an Instructor

Each year, the American Red Cross teaches valuable lifesaving skills to nearly 12 million people - but we can't do it alone. We need your help!

American Red Cross instructors are members of a select group of trained and authorized individuals who reflect the standards and ideals of the Red Cross and impart knowledge and skills consistent with our policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.

American Red Cross instructors:

  • Train colleagues, teammates, and fellow service members in their companies, organizations, or units.

  • Teach a variety of courses including First Aid, CPR, and Babysitter's Training.

  • Receive high-quality training.

  • Gain valuable teaching experience.

  • Give their time to help others learn to save lives.


Qualities we look for in American Red Cross instructors:

  • Communication Skills: Do you speak clearly, listen carefully, and use reinforcing body language? Do you enjoy communicating with a variety of people?

  • Subject Knowledge: Are you willing to develop a thorough knowledge of the course subject matter and keep abreast of new developments? You may already have some knowledge of the subject matter that you'd like to teach. The Red Cross can provide you with the extra training you need to ensure that you're on the cutting edge.

  • Positive Attitude: Are you enthusiastic about a subject and anxious to share your enthusiasm with course participants? Friendliness toward students, an enthusiasm about teaching, and a positive attitude about accepting students as individuals are attitudes that help students learn.

  • Patience and Flexibility: Can you patiently explain facts and answer questions? Are you flexible in meeting the diverse learning needs of students?

  • Professional Behavior: Are you punctual, reliable, able to manage a group of people, and willing to follow rules and regulations?

Instructor Training Program

Even if you are still developing some of these skills, you may be a great candidate to become a Red Cross instructor. Our new Fundamentals of Instructor Training program can help you build and refine the skills you need to become a Red Cross instructor.

For more information, please contact the MCB Butler American Red Cross.