Resuscitation Council (UK)

Frequently asked questions

FAQs for Candidates

1. All courses

ALS
The ALS provider course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors, and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units) or in the resuscitation/medical emergency team, and paramedics.
 
All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification, or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.
 
Medical students, 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.

ILS
The ILS course is suitable for doctors, medical students, nurses, nursing students, midwives, ODPs, cardiac technicians, ROs, healthcare providers such as physiotherapists, dental nurses, dentist and ambulance technicians. It may also be suitable for fire service technicians, police personnel and prison officers.

EPALS

The EPALS course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors, nurses and paramedics working in direct contact with children. All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification. Medical students in their final year of training can be accepted as candidates.

PILS
The PILS Course is appropriate for doctors, medical students (final year), nurses, health visitors, school nurses, nursing students (final year), midwives, ODPs, cardiac technicians, resuscitation officers, physiotherapists, dentists, dental nurses, ambulance technicians/paramedics.

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.

NLS
The NLS course is designed for any healthcare professional 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.

ARNI
The ARNI provider course is designed for healthcare professionals regularly involved in the delivery and care of newborn infants in a role more advanced than that of first responder. Candidates must hold a current Resuscitation Council (UK) NLS provider certificate and should be involved in care of the pre-term and sick newborn infants.

Find/book a course

  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. Clicking on the Course Centre will display all the booking information.
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 and includes the cost of registration and course materials provided by the RC (UK). It may vary from centre to centre.

ALS, EPALS, NLS, ARNI
For courses taken since January 2012 (ALS, EPALS), January 2013 (NLS), January 2015 (ARNI) you may download your certificate by logging on to lms.resus.org.uk. Your certificate will always be available for you to download from your LMS account:

Your course certificate can found within two areas of the LMS:

  1. within the enrolled course --> 'Post course'
  2. within 'My profile’ --> ‘View profile'
FAQs - course certificates

ILS, PILS
You certificate will be provided by your course centre. You should also contact your course centre should you require a replacement certificate.

ALS, EPALS, NLS, ARNI
The provider certificate is valid for four years from the date of your course.

ILS, PILS
The provider certificate is valid for one year from the date of your course.

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


EPALS
You may recertify by attending:

  • a full EPALS course
  • day 2 of an EPALS course including an assessment simulation and MCQ (only if your certificate is still in date).


NLS

You may recertify by attending the NLS Provider course.


ARNI
You may recertify by attending the ARNI Provider course.


ILS
You may recertify by attending the:

  • 1-day ILS course
  • half-day ILS recertification course. The half-day recertification course is not recommended if more than one year has passed since your certificate expiry date.

PILS
You may recertify by attending the:

  • 1-day PILS course
  • half-day PILS recertification course. The half-day recertification course is not recommended if more than one year has passed since your certificate expiry date.
ALS, EPALS, NLS, ARNI, ILS, PILS
You have one year from the expiry date of your certificate within which to recertify.
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)

If you have any further queries regarding CPD please contact your Royal College.

ALS, EPALS, NLS
The route to becoming an RC (UK) Instructor begins by attending the relevant Provider course. The faculty may nominate a candidate for Instructor Potential selection at the final faculty meeting. If you are selected and wish to pursue the training you must attend a Generic Instructor Course (GIC) and successfully complete two teaching practices as an Instructor Candidate (IC) before becoming a full Instructor.

ARNI
To become an ARNI Instructor you must be an NLS Instructor first. You must also complete at least two teaching practices as an ARNI IC before you can become a full Instructor.

ILS, PILS
The route to becoming an RC (UK) Instructor begins by attending the relevant Provider course. The faculty may nominate a candidate for Instructor Potential selection at the final faculty meeting. If you are selected and wish to pursue the training you must attend an ILS Instructor (ILSi) course.

If the FAQs do not address your clinical enquiry, submit your query using the contact form providing full and clear details. Enquiries are forwarded to the most appropriate clinician and are answered as soon as is practical.

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

The payment of any course fees is a contract between the candidate and course centre. The Resuscitation Council (UK) has no jurisdiction over the payment and/or potential refund of fees. Complaints regarding fees should be made directly to the course centre.

2. 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.

Yes, ALS certificates provided by the ERC or ARC are recognised by RC (UK) because these organisations use the same programme, teaching material, and assessment process.

No, since we have no information or control over the standards of other courses we cannot offer any guarantee concerning successful participants and do not accept these certificates as equivalent to the RC (UK) courses.

 
The level of qualification, training and experience needed for any individual clinical role is the responsibility of the employer, not the RC (UK).

3. EPALS-specific FAQs

EPLS has been rebranded as EPALS – European paediatric advanced life support course – this is to reflect the advanced nature of the skills taught on our course. This change encompasses all the courses previously taught as EPLS across Europe. The course has been completely revised, is supported by the latest medical evidence and taught using an evidence based educational approach.

EPALS is approved by the royal colleges of emergency medicine, paediatrics, anaesthesia and the association of paediatric anaesthetists (RCPCH, RCEM, RCA, APA) for training and revalidation for both consultants and junior grades in advanced paediatric resuscitation skills and management.

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