Maintaining certification as a New Zealand Resuscitation Council instructor (both CORE and NLS) depends upon meeting the requirements given here.
CORE Advanced and NLS instructors must demonstrate they are meeting the requirements of certification set by the NZ Resuscitation Council, from the time of successful completion of their instructor course. By meeting these requirements, instructors demonstrate their continued commitment to teaching and professional development.
Where an instructor is having difficulty meeting requirements, or is unable to deliver provider courses for a prolonged period of time, advice and assistance is available by contacting the NZ Resuscitation Council office.
The annual requirements that are evaluated as at 30 June every year are as follows:
- The instructor delivers at least three provider courses annually, in accordance with any rules and regulations set by the NZ Resuscitation Council. For CORE Advanced instructors, this means three CORE Advanced courses. For NLS instructors, this means three NLS courses
- The instructor demonstrates networking and professional development by attending at least one NZ Resuscitation Council professional development activity (e.g. NZ Resuscitation Council Educator's Day and scientific meeting) or equivalent every two years. See the list below of approved professional development activities
The NZ Resuscitation Council maintains a record that instructors are fulfilling their requirements for ongoing certification after each course. The Course Director must electronically return the fully completed learner participant sheet to the NZ Resuscitation Council within one week of course completion to ensure this information is up to date.
Instructors are unable to take the role of Course Director within the first 12 months after successfully completing their instructor course.
Delivery and assessment of provider courses must follow the rules and regulations set by the NZ Resuscitation Council. An instructor may be moderated if selected as part of the evaluation process. The NZ Resuscitation Council reserves the right to cancel an instructor's certification at any time if the instructor does not follow these rules and regulations.
Not meeting the requirements?
Instructors who do not meet the NZ Resuscitation Council’s annual requirements may be asked to provide additional information or undertake remedial action.
Those who have not taught the required number of provider courses during a 1-3 year period but want to reinstate their membership are encouraged to contact the NZ Resuscitation Council in writing. Pathways to revalidation may be available. Once it has been shown how the instructor will again meet minimum requirements, an application for reinstatement will be considered.
An instructor who has not taught on any provider courses within a 3 year period will no longer be recognised by the NZ Resuscitation Council as a CORE Advanced or NLS instructor.
Approved professional development activities
CINZ meetings and professional development activities usually occur at least every two years, and at the same time as NZ Resuscitation Council scientific meetings. Instructors can stay notified of these meetings by subscribing to our updates. Instructors are encouraged to support CINZ meetings and take the opportunity to network with colleagues.
While it is recommended that instructors attend CINZ meetings, some instructors may not be able to make it on the day. The following are regarded as equivalent to NZ Resuscitation Council professional development activities for the purposes of instructors maintaining their status:
- Attendance as a learner on other resuscitation courses. Examples may include Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS), Emergency Management of Surgical Trauma (EMST), Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) course
- Any open NZ Resuscitation Council educational or scientific meeting
- Any other conference, meeting, or relevant event approved by the NZ Resuscitation Council.
- Any open Australian Resuscitation Council educational or scientific meeting
- Australian Resuscitation Council conferences
- European Resuscitation Council conferences
- American Heart Association resuscitation conferences
- International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) meetings