What Supplies To Bring To Every Class

The time has come for you to teach your first class. The question you may have is what should I bring to class. Sure you will bring your Manikins and AED trainers that’s a given. I have listed the basic equipment and materials that you will need to bring to every class from manikins and AED trainers to paperwork and manuals as well as extra supplies in case something fails and you need back up.


Course Roster: You should have a course roster with all your students’ names and email addresses so that you can send them the information necessary so they can download their digital cards after they complete the class.

Name TagsName tags are not required but they sure help everyone in the class to learn each other names.

Course Agenda: Every student and as well as you as the instructor should have a course agenda. This outlines the entire course with skills and how much time is allotted for each skill.

Instructor Manual: Your manual will help guide you through the course as well as keep you on track with time.

Student Manual: Every student is required to have a student manual. This can be a hard copy, or they can have it on their electronic device. If a student does not have a student manual, then they can buy one from you. I charge $6.00 per manual. It is good to bring a couple of student manuals with you just in case a student forgets theirs. double-check to make sure you are bringing the correct manuals to class.

Exams: You will only need to use exams if you are teaching professionals such as police officer’s, firefighters, EMT’s/paramedics. Since they are professionals, they will need to take an exam at the end of the course. I keep a stock of them in my portable file organizer, this way I don’t have to ever worry about forgetting them.

Exam Answer Sheet: You will want an answer sheet, as it will make grading go by so much more quickly.

Adult/Infant Skills Check-Off Sheet:  This sheet is to make sure that each student has completed each skill successfully.

Individual Evaluation: It is very important that each student fill out an evaluation form at the end of class. This will evaluate you as an instructor. This is not a bad thing as these evaluations will help you become a stronger instructor, and I find it to be a great tool.

File Organizer: I keep all my forms in a locked portable file organizer. AHA and ARC require you to keep your exams locked up. Also if you keep all your forms stocked, you will never have to worry about forgetting any forms.

Download Paper Work: You can download your paperwork from the American Heart Instructor Network portal or the specific one for your certifying agency. There you will find class rosters, answer sheets, exams, and more.

CPR and AED Training Equipment

Infant/Adult Manikins: You will want to bring enough manikins that there can be a ratio of 2 students per manikin. If you don’t have enough manikins for a 2:1 ratio, you can have a 3:1 ratio, 3 students to 1 manikin.

AED Trainer With Adult And Pediatric PadsThe same applies to AED trainers as it does to manikins.

StopWatchIf your manikins do not have the lighting system to help them keep a good rhythm as well as making sure their compressions are deep enough while performing CPR, having a stopwatch will help you make sure they are keeping a good rhythm while giving proper breaths and compressions. Remember 5 cycles of 30:2 will take 2 minutes.

Kneeling PadsThese are not required but sure do make a difference for your students. I have been thanked many times by students for having them available for them to use. I like to use the InSassy pads as they are well made, put up with a lot of abuse, come in a variety of colors, and they are fairly inexpensive.

Face ShieldsThere are some lungs that have the face shields attached to them such as the Preston brand. But not all manikins are capable of using this brand. You may have to go with separate lungs and face shields.

AV Equipment

TV With DVD Player: Sometimes where you teach many not have a TV, so it is good for you to have one on hand in case you need it. Always check with whom you book your classes with, and ask them what kind of AV equipment they have if any.

Computer With Projector and Screen: I have done a lot of presentations with a projector, laptop, and a screen, and it works great. Sometimes I have gotten away with just using the white wall or a large piece of white butcher paper. If you go with the laptop route, make sure you bring all the proper connection cords and ask if an extension cord is available so you don’t run out of juice on your laptop during class. I have had that happen to me, trust me it only takes one time, and it will never happen to you again.

Manikin Cleaning Supplies

Disinfectant Wipes: I like to use the wipes vs mixing solutions only because mixing solutions together can get messy, not to mention the bottle could leak all over the place when traveling. All you have to do is wipe and toss.

Manikin Lungs: It is very important to always change out your manikin lungs after each and every class. Your manikins should be well sanitized after each class.

It may seem like a lot to bring to class at first, but once you get your rhythm down of what to bring, and how to set up your classroom it will get easier and easier the more you do it. All you have to do is get organized, and find out what works for you. Check all your equipment to make sure it is working properly and clean the night before. Make sure you have all your paperwork in order, and you should be good to go. Remember it is not about working harder, but working smarter.