Frequently asked questions

FAQs for Candidates

1. All courses

Advanced Life Support (ALS) course:
If you are a healthcare professional who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of your clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis, you are eligible to participate on the ALS course. Appropriate applicants include doctors, nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units), paramedics, ICU outreach teams or in the resuscitation/medical emergency team.

All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.

Medical students, student nurses and other healthcare providers not covered in the groups above should be encouraged to complete the Immediate Life Support (ILS) course. Those with a particular interest in resuscitation should then consider attending an ALS provider course, where appropriate. Medical students in their final year of training can be accepted as candidates on an ALS course if this is an established local arrangement

Advanced Resuscitation of Newborn Infant (ARNI) course:
You are eligible for the ARNI course if you hold a current Resuscitation Council (UK) Newborn Life Support provider certificate and are involved in care of the pre-term and sick newborn infants in a role more advanced than that of first responder. Candidates include specialist medical staff (ST3 level and above or about to commence a 2nd tier role), neonatal nurses with a qualification in the specialty or Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. You may also be eligible for the ARNI course if you are an experienced paramedic working extensively with newborn transfer teams, a resuscitation officer with a significant regular newborn workload or an anaesthetist with a newborn or PICU practice.

European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) course:
If you are a healthcare professional who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of your clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis, you are eligible to undertake this course. Eligible participants include doctors, nurses or paramedics working in direct contact with children.

All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification. Medical students, student nurses in their final year of training and other healthcare providers not covered in the groups above should be encouraged to complete the Paediatric Immediate Life Support (pILS) course. Those with a particular interest in the management of acute deterioration and resuscitation in children should then consider attending an EPALS provider course, where appropriate.

Medical students in their final year of training can be accepted as candidates on an EPALS course if this is an established local arrangement.

Focused Echocardiophay in Emergency Life Support (FEEL) course:
The FEEL course is intended for healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of the critically ill patient and does not require any previous echocardiography or ultrasound experience. FEEL is intended as an adjunct to the Advanced Life Support course and as such knowledge of the current ALS algorithm is required.

Generic Instructor Course (GIC):

To attend a GIC course you must be recommend as having ‘Instructor Potential’ either on an RC (UK) course or one of the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) recognised courses e.g. APLS. Please follow the RC (UK) GIC link for further information.

Immediate Life Support (ILS) course:
If you are a doctor, medical student, nurse, nursing student, midwife, ODP, cardiac technician, resuscitation officer, healthcare provider (such as a physiotherapist, radiographer, occupational therapist), dental nurse, dentist, paramedic/ ambulance technician, healthcare assistant or nursing associates are eligible for this course. It may also be suitable for you if you are a fire service technician, police personnel prison officer or cabin crew.

Paediatric Immediate Life Support (pILS) course:
You are eligible to undergo the pILS course if you are a doctor, nurse, health visitor, school nurse, midwife, ODP, cardiac technician, resuscitation officer, medical student (final year), nursing student (final year), physiotherapist, dentist, dental nurse, ambulance technician/paramedic, healthcare assistant or nursing associate, occupational therapist, radiographer, fire service technician, police officer or cabin crew. The pILS course addresses the needs of staff who need more advanced skills than those taught during basic life support (BLS), but who do not require the more comprehensive two-day European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) course.

Newborn Life Support (NLS) course:
You are eligible for the NLS course if you are a healthcare professional who is regularly involved in the delivery and care of the newborn infant. This includes both junior and senior medical and nursing staff, midwives, paramedics and resuscitation officers. All applicants must hold a professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.


ALS, ARNI, EPALS, ILS, pILS, NLS courses:
  1. Select the relevant course type from our Courses page.
  2. Scroll down to search for courses; you can filter by town, Course Centre or start date by clicking on the appropriate heading.
  3. Click on the name of the Course Centre in the table to display all the booking information.
  4. Please then contact your chosen course centre directly to request an application form.

GIC:

A list of course dates are available via the GIC VLE. Please login to your account, click on the Menu button and then ‘Find a GIC Course’. Course dates and Centre contact information for the provider courses offered will be listed.

NB. Not all course centres choose to advertise their dates on our website.  You may wish to contact your local hospital for their course date information.

The cost of the course is set locally by the Course Centre; It includes the cost of registration and the course materials (which are provided by the RC (UK)).

Yes, CPD points are available according to the table below. If you have any further queries regarding CPD points, please contact the Royal Colleges directly.

CPD points
Provider course
Candidates
Faculty
ALS (2-day) 10 5 (max 10 in any one year)
eALS 5 5 (max 10 in any one year)
ALS recert 5 5 (max 10 in any one year)
EPALS (2-day)
10 5 (max 10 in any one year)
NLS 5 5 (max 10 in any one year)
ARNI 10 5 (max 10 in any one year)
ILS 5 5 (max 10 in any one year)
PILS 5 5 (max 10 in any one year)

For accreditation of other healthcare staff, please see our 'Continuing Professional Development statements' in 'Related documents'.
The RC (UK) has published Quality Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Practice and Training. These standards aim to ensure a high-quality resuscitation service and improve patient care and outcomes.


The Skills for Health ‘UK Core Skills Training Framework’ has been developed to assist employers address the statutory mandatory training needs of their organisation. The RC (UK) was consulted by Skills for Health, but is not responsible for the final content.

The Skills for Health framework is broadly in line with the minimum training standards recommended by the RC (UK) in its Quality Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Practice and Training.

To ensure the employee is trained to an appropriate level in resuscitation, for their job role and professional qualification, the learning outcomes of the RC (UK) courses should be considered. These learning outcomes can be mapped against those listed within the Skills for Health framework but sit independently from this. For example, the skills and competencies listed for the RC (UK) Immediate Life (ILS) course could equate to Level Three within the Skills for Health the framework.

Training must be to a level appropriate for the individual’s expected clinical responsibilities, and therefore some individuals will require training that exceeds the levels described in the Skills for Health framework.

August 2015

 

ALS
You may recertify by attending one of the following course modes:

You are unable to undertake the one-day ‘ALS recertification’ course if more than one year has passed since your last course certificate expiry date. The ‘ALS recertification’ course is not recommended if you are not practicing the skills within your current job role.

ARNI
You may recertify by attending the ARNI Provider course.

EPALS
You may recertify by attending:

  • a full EPALS course
  • day 2 of an EPALS course(please note, your current EPALS certificate must still be in date to recertify on day two of the course).

You may only recertify on day two of the course if your current EPALS certificate is still be in date. If your certificate is not in date, you will need to attend the one-day course.

NLS
You may recertify by attending the NLS Provider course.


ILS
You may recertify by attending the:

You may only attend the half-day recertification course if it is within one year of the expiry date of your most recent ILS certificate. If more than two years have passed since the date of your last ILS certificate, you will need to attend the one-day course.

PILS
You may recertify by attending the:

You may only attend the half-day recertification course if it is within one year of the expiry date of your most recent pILS certificate. If more than two years have passed since the date of your last pILS certificate, you will need to attend the one-day course.

ALS, EPALS, NLS, ARNI, ILS, PILS
You have one year from the expiry date of your certificate within which to recertify your qualification.

2. Non-UK courses

The European Resuscitation Council courses are recognised and accepted as equivocal by the RC (UK).

The RC (UK) only recognises the Australian Resuscitation Council ALS and ILS courses as equivocal.

Currently, the AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses are not accepted as equivocal courses, as we are not able to examine the information or standards for these courses. As such, we cannot guarantee an equivalency of the course material and standards.

3. ALS-specific FAQs

No, BLS is not taught on the ALS course. Competency in BLS skills is an essential prerequisite to attending the course. Further information about the ALS course learning outcomes and curriculum are available in the course information.

The ALS is a traditional face-to-face course while the e-ALS has a blended learning approach. The validity of the certificate is the same.

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