ITLS Refresher courses keep experienced ITLS providers and instructors up to date with the ITLS curriculum and skills.
ITLS Provider Recertification focuses on recertification of trauma assessment and management skills for the experienced provider who has already completed the Basic or Advanced Provider course.
Most ITLS Provider cards are issued for a 3-year certification period. To recertify, providers must successfully complete a 1-day Recertification course or the full 2-day Provider course. (Chapter and Training Centre requirements for these options may vary.)
The 1-day Provider Recertification course covers the same skills stations and testing procedures as the 2-day Provider course. Students are tested based on their skill level (Basic or Advanced) and will also take the ITLS Written Exam. An ITLS Advanced Provider or ITLS Basic Provider card will be issued upon successful completion of both the Written and Practical Exams.
Students are encouraged to review the ITLS Provider manual and study the Pre-Test in advance of the course to prepare for the Written Exam.
Course length: 8 hours
Patient assessment and management
Basic and advanced airway management
Spine management: Short SMR devices/Emergency rescue and rapid extrication
Spine management: Helmet management/Log roll/Long backboard
Chest decompression/Fluid resuscitation
ITLS Instructor cards are issued for a 2- or 3-year certification period as determined by the issuing Chapter or Training Centre. ITLS requires that all instructors are updated to the latest edition of the ITLS student manual by completing an Instructor Update. The format of the Instructor Update is determined by the ITLS Editorial Board.
To be eligible for Instructor Recertification, instructors must also have met the teaching requirements set by their local Chapter or Training Centre – a required number of ITLS courses taught within a specific time period.
ITLS introduced the ITLS 8th Edition Instructor Update in 2015 as a required tool for ITLS instructors to update to the 8th edition ITLS provider manual. All instructors are required to complete the 8th Edition Instructor Update Online before they are allowed to teach from the 8th edition textbook.
The Instructor Update Online cannot be used to renew an Instructor certification if you have previously completed the 8th Edition Update program, or if you received your initial Instructor certification after November 2015.
Haven’t yet updated to the 8th edition? Find out more or register