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ITLS 7th Edition Instructor Update Online

International Trauma Life Support is pleased to roll out a new tool for ITLS instructors to update  to the 7th edition ITLS provider manual that was released in October 2011.

All instructors will be required to complete the 7th Edition Instructor Update Online before they are allowed to teach from the 7th edition textbook. All instructors must be updated by December 31, 2012 (or date as mandated by your local Chapter).

The cost of the program is $25 per instructor. Instructors who complete the update will receive 1 hour of CECBEMS credit.

The Instructor Update Online is intended for current ITLS instructors ONLY. It is not for initial instructor certification.

Do not purchase this program if you are not a current ITLS instructor who needs to become updated to the material in the 7th edition textbook.  In order for your instructor recertification card to be issued upon successful completion of the this program, you must have also met your Chapter's teaching requirements. If these requirements have not been met, a new card will not be issued.

If you have questions about whether the Instructor Update Onlne is appropriate for you, please contact your local Chapter before registering for the Update. Find your Chapter's contact information

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Why is ITLS mandating an Instructor Update online for the 7th edition?

  • Consistency:
    • Ensures that all ITLS instructors are updated to the same standards for the new book
  • Convenience:
    • Brief and accessible any time; no need to take off work time or travel to attend a course
    • Minimizes efforts Chapters have to take to update their instructors

The ITLS Board of Directors and Editorial Board have set a policy that all Chapters are required to use the Instructor Update Online plus any Chapter-specific teaching requirements as the criteria for instructor recertification eligibility.  Chapters may not require any additional didactic requirements for 7e instructor updates.

The Instructor Update Online is comprehensive and authored by the ITLS Editorial Board to ensure all pertinent materials is covered. A 30-question quiz at the completion of the program ensures a minimum standard of learning has been met. 

Current Thinking

"Current Thinking" publishes documents of use and interest to ITLS instructors, course coordinators, and students. All questions are answered by members of the Editorial Board


If you have a question or feedback for the ITLS Editorial Board, please email

Utilization of Traction Splints with Open Femur Fracture - posted November 2011

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Resources for ITLS Instructors

ITLS is making available in this section the most current ITLS Training World Map so that instructors and course coordinators can ensure they are using the most updated version when teaching a course or promoting an ITLS program.

ITLS Training World Map - November 2012

Updated photos of the ITLS Board of DIrectors and Editorial Board are also available for use.

Board of Directors - June 2012 Meeting in Vancouver, Canada

Editorial Board - June 2012 Meeting in Vancouver, Canada

Special Access Textbook Supplement Available for Free Download

ITLS has made available a special supplement to the 2nd edition of the Access textbook published in 2007. The "Awareness to Special Situations" supplement focuses on fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

Download Access Supplement: Awareness to Special Situations

The supplement is included a general review for course participants. Rescuers who feel that their response areas require specialized training are encouraged to seek further theory and practical training from their local rescue training agencies.

The supplement is in PDF format for portability and convenience.