Instructors are physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses with burn experience and exhibited commitment to burn care who have complete training and have become Certified ABLS Instructors.

Instructor qualifications/ requirements

  • Minimum one year burn experience OR an exhibited commitment to burn care at the discretion of the reviewing National Faculty.
  • Burn experience to include but not limited to:
    • Current/ retired member of ABA verified-Burn Center
    • Burn fellowship
    • Military service
    • Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses may become instructors.
    • Paramedics may serve as instructors at the discretion of the Course Medical Director & National Faculty.
    • Paramedics must demonstrate proficiency sufficient to lead afternoon break-out sessions and may teach under the following guidelines:
      • Limit to one paramedic per course
      • Limit lecture instructions to the following topics:
        • Airway
        • Initial Assessment
        • Stabilization and transfer

Instructor Candidates

Teaching faculty identifies instructor candidates during ABLS provider course as having “instructor potential”.

  • Instructor candidates will complete an ABLS Instructor course.
  • Instructor candidates need to teach a minimum of two Provider courses observed by a National Faculty, within one year of completing the instructor course.
  • This National Faculty will review the written evaluation with the candidate and submit a copy to the ABA central office.
  • The ABA central office will then notify each candidate of his or her certification status.
  • Candidates certified as instructors will be re-evaluated based on: Number of courses taught (after 2 courses).
  • Student and peer feedback from Provider courses.
    The ABLS Advisory Committee will review on a yearly basis any unsatisfactory review submitted by students/peers and problem areas identified by Course Coordinators.

All exceptions and requests for items not covered above need to be addressed in writing to the Chair of the ABLS Advisory Committee.

Minimum Teaching Requirements

  • Minimum teaching requirement to maintain current instructor status: 2 classes in 4 years; Active duty military: 2 classes in 5 years.
  • An alphabetical listing of all Candidates, Instructors, National Faculty, and their current status will be posted on the ABA website and updated yearly.
  • Instructor, Course Coordinators, and National Faculty requirements is also be available on the ABA website.

Instructor Status Renewal

  • The instructor card is valid for 4 years from the date of issue.
  • Every 4 years, instructors must complete an online recertification test, with a 90% passing grade.
  • Renewal outside of the 4-year cycle can be requested and approved at the discretion of the ABLS Committee Chair.
  • Lapsed instructors of one year or more need to complete the online test and be observed by National Faculty for one course.

Renewal fees

  • Renewal fees are due every 4 years upon completion of the online recertification test.
  • The renewal fee will be waived for current ABA members and for instructors who teach at least 4 courses in 4 years.