The Role and Qualifications of the APLS Course Director
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​​​The Role and Qualifications of the APLS Course Director

In order for an APLS Course to be approved by AAP or ACEP, or for APLS Course Completion Cards to be issued to students, the course must be led by a physician who is an approved APLS Course Director. Recruiting a Course Director should be the first priority.

There are experienced APLS Course Directors across the United States and in Canada. Many of them are willing to travel to conduct APLS Courses. To review the current list, click here.

You also have the option of applying for Course Director status-it is very likely that you already qualify-or asking a local physician to apply. The Application for Course Director Status can be found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM or by clicking here.

APLS Course Directors must meet the following qualifications:

Have board certification in emergency medicine, pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric surgery, or family practice.

Have a practice in which care provided involves treating pediatric patients.

Have participated in two AAP/ACEP APLS Courses and served as a Faculty member in at least one of those courses.


Have participated in one AAP/ACEP APLS Course and have a current AAP/American Heart Association (AHA) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) instructor card.


Be a residency/fellowship director. In this case, it is recommended that the applicant observe an APLS Course before serving as a Course Director.


Have had an equivalent teaching experience, or be a course director of an equivalent course.​​​

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