PHECC CFR Instructor (Community Level)


Become a PHECC CFR Instructor and deliver life saving training to your community as a qualified instructor.

Upcoming Courses

The course days are day 1 and 2 and day 3 is your final assessment date. 

    No public courses scheduled. Contact us to book an in-house course.

Dublin: The Cpl Institute – Swords
Cork: St John Ambulance – Glanmire

Our PHECC CFR Instructor training course is designed to follow the national standards for Cardiac First Response Community Instructors laid down by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). This 2-day course aims to bring students up to CFR Community Instructor standard which will enable them to provide CFR Community training courses.

Entry criteria:

  1. The minimum age for entry to a CFR Instructor Community course is 18
  2. A valid in-date First Aid Response certificate or a valid in-date CFR Community certificate completed within the last 12 months.

*You MUST provide evidence of the above two weeks prior to attending to prove your eligibility to sit the course.


The CFR Instructor Standard includes tuition in instructional methods and a period of supervised teaching practice. The initial CFR Instructor course is of 2 days duration.

We would advise that the time period between the 2 day course and the Instructor final assessment (F3) can be a number of months. This allows time for students to get their A1 & S2’s completed before being eligible to go forward for their final assessment.

Supervised Teaching & Final Assessment:

In order to become certified as a PHECC CFR Community Instructor there are three additional processes that need to be completed. You must assist on two CFR courses before being finally assessed by The Cpl Institute. We will try to assist you in finding a course for you to complete your A1 & S2 requirements, however it is the learners’ responsibility to try and organise these.

In order to progress to the final assessment with The Cpl Institute you are required to undertake supervised teaching practice. This consists of:

  1. Assist on one course, recorded on A1 Document- Assisting an Instructor on a course
  2. Part teach the second, recorded on S2 Document – Supervised by instructor delivering of a course
  3. Deliver a third course independently while being monitored by The Cpl Institute –  F3 final assessments documents to be completed

The period of supervised teaching practice is not specified and may be extended until the specific learning outcomes are achieved.

On your final assessment you will need your own equipment. The exact requirements will be communicated to you on receipt of your completed A1 and S2 documentation.

If you wish to complete your supervised training  with another provider/instructor we would need the below information before completion of the teaching practice:

  1. Date of A1 & S2 being completed
  2. Location of course
  3. Trainers name & copy of their PHECC Instructors Certificate


The ratio of CFR instructor trainers to students is 1:6 and equipment to student ratio of 1:3 (equipment includes manikin and AED).


Should learners have difficulty reaching the PHECC CFR Community Instructor standard they will be supported with remediation efforts.


Individuals who successfully complete the 2-day CFR instructor course plus the additional supervised teaching practice and evaluation will be certified as a PHECC CFR Community Instructor.


CFR Instructor certification is valid for 2 years. It is the responsibility of every instructor to recertify before their certificate lapses. The Cpl Institute may allow a short grace period but it is restricted to extenuating circumstances and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Add to your personal skill set and add more value to your company by becoming a CFR Instructor with The Cpl Institute.