Resuscitation Council (UK)

Frequently asked questions

FAQs for Instructors and Instructor Potentials

1. Becoming an Instructor

ALS, EPALS, NLS
The route to becoming an Instructor begins by attending the relevant (full or recertification) 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.

ILS, PILS
The route to becoming an Instructor begins by attending the relevant (full or recertification) 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 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.

The Instructor process

ALS, EPALS, NLS, ILS, pILS
The faculty on your course will submit their report; you will receive an email detailing the next steps (could take up to 6 weeks*) which will include a login to the relevant Learning Management System (LMS)

The next step is to undertake the GIC/ILSi course and then complete two teaching practices (ICs). The course centre where you did your ICs will submit your results; the relevant Course Co-ordinator will then update your profile as an Instructor on the LMS. You may then download your Instructor certificate and be enrolled as a full Instructor on provider courses

* If you have not received an email after 8 weeks please email your name, professional registration number, and the location and date of your provider course to GIC@resus.org.uk.

ARNI
To become an ARNI Instructor you must be an NLS Instructor first, in which case you may move directly to undertaking you ICs. These must be completed within 4 years.

The Instructor process
GIC
You become an ‘Instructor Candidate’ (IC) for your provider group. You have to complete two teaching practices as an IC in order to become a full Instructor. The time limit to complete these teaching practices is two years from the date of the GIC although a time extension may be granted in certain circumstances on written request. You may be given ‘named centre(s)’ (i.e. directed to certain centres) to complete your teaching practices. This is so you can be supported by a member of the faculty from the GIC on the provider course and may mean you returning to the centre where you did the GIC or to a centre nearby.

ILSi
You become an ILS Instructor. You must teach on two courses within the first year as an IC.
The Instructor process
ALS, EPALS, NLS
No. The instructor training process is comprised of three stages; completion of:
  1. a provider course on which you are IP’d;
  2. the GIC
  3. Two teaching practises (two teaching practises count as one stage).
A candidate can do two out of these three stages at the same course centre (e.g.
  • Provider course at Centre A,
  • GIC at Centre B,
  • teaching practises at Centre A)

ILS, PILS
Yes.

When the IC process is completed the course centre will submit your results, the Course Co-ordinator will update your profile as an instructor on the RC (UK) LMS. You may then download your instructor certificate and be enrolled as a full Instructor on provider courses.

No, Instructor cards are no longer issued but you can download your Instructor certificate from the RC (UK) LMS; go to
  My profile --> View profile --> expand Course details --> Instructor certificate(s)
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Your certificate will always be available for you to download from your LMS account.

GIC 
You may download your GIC certificate from the GIC LMS.

You may download your Instructor certificate from the RC (UK) LMS:
  My profile --> View profile --> expand Course details --> Instructor certificate(s)

ILSi
For courses taken since January 2016, you may download your ILSi certificate from the RC (UK) LMS:
  My profile --> View profile --> expand Course details --> Course certificate(s)

For courses taken before this date email ILS@resus.org.uk.

ALS, EPALS, NLS
You must attend a GIC course within 4 years of your IP nomination.

ARNI
As an NLS instructor you may proceed to ICs without attending another GIC.

ILS, PILS
You must attend a ILSi course within 1 year of your IP nomination.

No, it is not a requirement, but it is strongly recommended that all Instructor Potentials observe a provider course (from an instructing perspective) and many candidates have found it helpful to observe a provider course first. You can obtain a list of provider courses and contact details from the courses section.

You should attend the entire course and be supervised at all times. You should observe the lectures, assist with the skill stations, workshops, simulations (scenarios) and assessments in line with the practices of the provider course and observe the faculty meetings. You will gain some invaluable training experience by joining the faculty of a provider course.

2. Current Instructors

Your teaching history can be found on the LMS; go to:
  My profile --> View profile -->  expand Course details --> Teaching history

3. Maintaining your Instructor status

All RC (UK) Instructor certificates are valid for four years. Current Instructor status infers competence as a provider for that discipline and does not require recertification as a provider.

ALS, EPALS, NLS, ARNI
Recertify by instructing on the provider course for which you are an Instructor. You will be assessed by another member of faculty on set elements of the course, similar to the IC process.

ILS, PILS
Recertify on an ILS course as an instructor whilst supervised by the Course Director who will inform the RC (UK) that you have successfully recertified.

ALS, EPALS
You need to teach on at least four courses over four years. Teaching on the ILS course does not count towards the teaching requirement for ALS Instructors. Teaching two pILS courses equates to one EPALS course and can be counted as one full EPALS course.

ARNI
You need to teach on at least three courses over two years.

NLS, ILS, PILS
You need to teach on at least two courses per year.

4. About the course

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.

GIC
Yes. Candidates attending the course may claim fifteen points.

Faculty teaching on the course may also claim points but no more than ten points in any one year.

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

ILSi
No.

Many candidates are funded by their employing Trust. Few candidates are self-funded. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with funding issues.

GIC
The faculty will make a decision whether or not you should be allowed to attend a further GIC. If they recommend that you re-take the GIC you can attend a further GIC but at your own cost.
 
If they recommend that you should not attend a GIC again you will not be able to attend one unless you re-certify as a Provider and are recommended again from the same provider background. You may attend another GIC if you are recommended from a different provider background or you have been recommended from more than one provider background at the time of taking the original GIC. You would then be allowed to take another GIC as a candidate from the other provider background.

ILSi
The faculty will make a decision whether or not you should be allowed to attend a further ILSi course. If they recommend that you re-take it you can attend a further ILSi course but at your own cost.

The payment of any course fees is a contract between the candidate and course centre. The RC (UK) has no jurisdiction over the payment and/or potential refund of fees. This is a local matter and must be raised with the course centre. The RC (UK) cannot comment on any local disputes.

5. Instructing on other courses

GIC
No, the generic instructor course covers the ALS, EPALS and NLS courses.

As a new Instructor you must complete the two teaching practices (ICs) for one course prior to undertaking additional IC practices.

As an active instructor you may move directly to IC status for the new provider course.

If you are a full Instructor and have been recommmended as an IP for ILS or PILS, you will not have to undertake an ILSi.



ILSi
No, the ILS instructor course covers both the ILs and pILS courses. You may move directly to arranging your two teaching practices (ICs) for the new provider course.

If you are a current ILS/PILS Instructor and have been recommended as an IP for ALS/EPALS/NLS, you will have to complete the GIC.

6. Non-RC (UK) Instructors

Yes, the RC (UK) recognises the ALSG APLS Instructor status. To teach on an EPALS course email EPALS@resus.org.uk  to arrange access to the LMS and course materials. As a new RC (UK) Instructor, you must undertake two teaching practices as an EPALS Instructor Candidate (IC).

Yes; the RC (UK)  recognises the RCS instructor course. Please contact the relevant Course Co-ordinator for verification of status and access to RC (UK) LMS and teaching materials.

No. The content and structure of the RC (UK) advanced life support courses differs significantly from the AHA course and therefore are non-transferable. You will need to be nominated on an RC (UK) provider course and undertake a GIC.

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The Instructor process

The Instructor process