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Starting an ITLS Program

ITLS provides its courses through its chapters and training centres.  Training centres may be established for proprietary training organizations to educate their own or contracted personnel in ITLS. 


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ITLS mandates essential policies and procedures for its courses; however, each chapter and training centre has the flexibility to develop their own policies and procedures for their individual program.

ITLS encourages persons interested in establishing an ITLS chapter to seek sponsorship from a larger organization such as a hospital or EMS agency.

ITLS has developed an overview of how to get ITLS started in a new region. Please read this document before applying for Chapter or Training Centre status.

Learn more about How to Get Started with ITLS

  • Applying to Become a ITLS Chapter or Training Centre
    ITLS will consider applications for chapter status from non-for-profit (voluntary) organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and governmental agencies, including branches of the military. An ITLS chapter is responsible for administration of the ITLS programs, including issuance of cards and certificates, collection and remittance of fees, reporting to ITLS International and representation at the annual ITLS International Congress (delegate organization). ITLS chapters are also responsible for promoting and encouraging development of new ITLS courses and course coordinators in their area. Each chapter is required to have a Chapter Coordinator and Chapter Medical Director.

ITLS International will consider applications for training centre status from organizations that wish to train their own personnel in ITLS but do not want to take on the responsibility for administration of ITLS programs in their geographic area. Becoming a training centre may be a good option for proprietary organizations or other organizations that want to gradually become involved in ITLS.        

Learn more about Requirements for Becoming a ITLS Chapter or Training Centre

Download the ITLS Chapter Application.


ITLS Courses can be conducted in an area where there is no ITLS chapter or training centre.

  • Sending potential ITLS students to a ITLS course.
    ITLS can help interested persons or organizations locate ITLS courses that are convenient to their location. This is a good alternative for individuals or small groups. Students are responsible for their own travel and course expenses.
  • Inviting ITLS faculty to conduct courses on site.
    ITLS can arrange for International faculty to come to a location and conduct ITLS provider and/or instructor courses. This option is chosen most often by organizations looking to become an ITLS chapter or training centre in the future and wanting to train a core group of potential ITLS instructors. The inviting organization is responsible for the faculty and course expenses for conducting the course(s).
  • Conducting a Course Outside a Chapter:
    ITLS will work with requesting organizations who apply for an ITLS "Course Outside of a Chapter." If the necessary personnel are available, including the Medical Director, Course Coordinator, Instructors and the necessary equipment, there should not be difficulty in applying for a course. An application for such a course must be submitted to ITLS International at least 90 days before the start of the course.

    Complete a Course Outside a Chapter Application.