All Chapters and Training Centres must be sponsored or managed by established organizations. Individuals may not apply for Chapter or Training Centre designation.
Chapters and Training Centres become recognized upon application and approval by the ITLS Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may grant a charter to a non-for-profit organization or governmental agency which has applied to become the ITLS Chapter. ITLS Training Centres are typically proprietary organizations that do not meet the requirements for Chapter status.
ITLS staff and its Global Development Committee review all applications for Chapter and Training Centre status.
Resource to read: Becoming a Chapter or Training Centre (printable PDF)
To become an ITLS Chapter or Training Centre, an applicant must:
ITLS will consider applications for chapter status from not-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.
Designation as an ITLS Training Centre is available as an alternative for organizations that do not qualify or do not choose to become an ITLS Chapter.
These are usually intended for EMS agencies or proprietary organizations who solely wish to train their own personnel or clients in ITLS, organizations who do not wish to assume the administrative responsibilities of an ITLS chapter, or organizations that plan to train a small number of ITLS students each year. Each Training Centre is required to have a Training Centre Coordinator and Training Centre Medical Director.