Resuscitation Council (UK)

Frequently asked questions

Instructors / Instructor Potentials

ALS, EPALS, NLS
The route to becoming an 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.

ILS, PILS

The route to becoming an 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 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.
ALS, EPALS, NLS
The next step is to undertake the GIC. Your details will be added to the GIC learning management system (GIC LMS) once the provider course report has been submitted. This can take up to 6 weeks. Once your details have been uploaded and an account created for you, you will receive an email detailing the steps you need to take to gain a place on a GIC. If you have not received an email after 8 weeks please email GIC@resus.org.uk with your name, your professional registration number, where you did your provider course and the date of this.
No, Instructor cards are no longer issued. Your Instructor certificate is available to download from your user account on the LMS.
GIC
Your certificate is available for you to download from the GIC LMS.

ILSi
For courses taken since January 2016, 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'

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

GIC
You have four years from the date of your provider course in order to attend and successfully complete the GIC. We would, however, recommend that you undertake the GIC as soon as you can in order to consolidate your knowledge and skills.

ILSi
You have one year from the date of your provider course in order to attend and successfully complete the GIC. We would, however, recommend that you undertake the GIC as soon as you can in order to consolidate your knowledge and skills.
The Instructor certificate is valid for 4 years. To recertify you must attend a provider course and be assessed teaching specific elements. Your provider status remains valid as long as your Instructor certificate is valid.

ILS, PILS
The Instructor certificate is valid for 4 years. To recertify you must attend a provider course and be assessed teaching specific elements. Your provider status remains valid as long as your Instructor certificate is valid.

ARNI
The Instructor certificate is valid for 4 years. To recertify you must attend a provider course and be assessed teaching specific elements. Your provider status remains valid as long as your Instructor certificate is valid.
You may recertify by attending the provider course for which you are an Instructor. You will be assessed by another member of faculty on set elements of the course.
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 2 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.
ALS, EPALS
Instructors are required to teach on at least 3 courses every 2 years.

ILS, NLS
Instructors are required to teach on at least 2 courses per year (or 1 course + 2 recertification courses - For ILS only).

No, it is not a requirement, but it is strongly recommended 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 this website.

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.

GIC
It depends on location, but the cost ranges from £550–600. Accommodation, if required, is an additional cost.

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

Generally, no, you only need to successfully complete one GIC and this can be from any one of the provider groups from which you have been recommended. Only in exceptional circumstances would you be required to complete a further GIC.

Once we have confirmed that you are an active Instructor for another participating provider group and your status as an IP, you will be able to undertake your teaching practices as an Instructor Candidate (IC). This means you will be required to teach on two provider courses and be assessed by the faculty. As an IC you must attend the entire course and undertake your role as required in line with the practices of the provider course.

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.

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.

No. The ACLS course curriculum and instructor training is different from that of the RC (UK). Likewise, the AHA does not recognise the RC (UK) ALS course and instructor training as equivalent to the AHA ACLS course.

No. At the present time, there are no plans to change the teaching requirements for ALS Instructors.

Yes. EPALS instructors who teach on two PILS courses per year can count them towards their EPALS instructor requirements (i.e. one of the three EPALS courses in two years). Instructors must inform the EPALS co-ordinator in writing of the dates of the two PILS courses.

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.

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