Resuscitation Council (UK)

Frequently asked questions

ILS course centres

No. Only RC (UK) approved course centres can run the ILS course. You can apply to be approved as an ILS course centre, provided your organisation belongs to one of the following categories: NHS Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Universities that train healthcare professionals, Private Hospitals and Phase 1 Clinical Trials Units that are inspected by the MHRA. Please note that only the above organisations are all eligible to apply to become course centres. For further information regarding the application process please e-mail

Yes. Dates must be registered on the LMS.

No. There are currently no plans to release the current edition of the ILS manual in an electronic format.

Yes. All centres must purchase the ILS manual from the Resuscitation Council (UK) and are not permitted to produce their own manuals.
The manual is available to course centres at a much reduced rate, but in order to offer such a reduction we sell the manual in units of 25 to reduce administrative costs. You can buy less than 25 copies via our publications list, but the cost is higher.

No. We do not give refunds on out-of-date manuals and cannot replace them with the new version.

No. The programme must be run using the standard full day format.

The RC (UK) recommends that adequate records are kept for a minimum of fifteen to eighteen months following the course so that any issues can be dealt with locally. Records should be maintained in line with local policies.

No. You must follow the faculty regulations and the standard programme. Course approval numbers are not issued.

Yes. The standard programme is designed for a maximum of 30 candidates. If you have fewer candidates on the course you may adjust the practice time accordingly.

Exceptionally able ILS candidates and ALS providers, who have been previously involved in teaching ILS, may be nominated for ILS instructor training by the faculty. For further information regarding the selection criteria for ILS Instructor course candidates and the nomination procedure please email

Yes. Any RC (UK) registered ILS course centre can apply to run the ILS Instructor course. Please e-mail for further details.

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