Instructors are the key to spreading Mental Health First Aid across the country. Instructors are individuals certified to teach the course in their communities and beyond.
Applicants to an Adult or Youth MHFA Instructor training course must first be certified as a First Aider in that curriculum. Instructor certification results from a 3-day training that presents the Mental Health First Aid course and provides in-depth instruction on facilitating the curriculum. The training includes self-paced pre-work, a written exam and a presentation that evaluates each candidate’s ability to present the Mental Health First Aid course to a variety of audiences. Become certified to teach the Adult or Youth curriculum, or both.
Once certified, Instructors must teach the course at least three times per year to maintain their certification. Dual certified Instructors must teach a minimum of three courses per year with at least one course from each curriculum (Adult and Youth) annually to maintain certification. Mental Health First Aid USA will provide ongoing technical assistance and marketing support to certified Instructors to help them disseminate the course in their communities.
Questions about maintaining Instructor certification? Contact us via the Request Assistance form. Go to the Resources page on MHFA Connect, and select Request Forms from the category filter dropdown.