ERC -Advanced Life Support (ALS) Course


Why should you attend the European Resuscitation Council ALS course?

The ERC Advanced Life Support course is an innovative 2 days Course for doctors and other -medical health care professionals that are involved in the acute care of critically ill patients.

ERC – ALS provides state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support training with a strong focus on team work and non-technical skills.

The ERC ALS is a hands-on course and candidates spend 85 % of their time working practically in scenario-based workshops.

Candidates are trained in small groups resembling Medical Emergency Teams (cardiac arrest teams )

This is the only internationally accredited Life support course available in Sri Lanka

Course Overview

The European Resuscitation  Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider course is  based on latest ERC guidelines. The ALS course teaches the theory and the practical skills required to prevent and treat cardiopulmonary arrest in adults. The ALS provider course lasts two days and is very intensive.

The ALS course has been designed to reflect changes in resuscitation education. The focus for learning is based on adult learning principles; the role of the lecture has been de-emphasized and the use of small group teaching has been increased. This course will prepare senior members of a multi-disciplinary team to manage peri-arrest situations and to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care area. The complexity and management of cardiac arrest situations, including decision making and effective communication with the team and the patient’s relatives, is included. Competence in Basic Life support is a prerequisite. 

 Learning outcomes

 The ALS course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:

  1. Recognise and treat a deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach
  2. Manage cardiac arrest in a simulated environment in teams (Including effective chest compression , safe manual defibrillation, assisted ventilation ) 
  3. Manage cardiac arrests in special circumstances e.g Anaphylaxis, pregnancy, Trauma…
  4. Manage peri-arrest cardiac arrhythmias
  5. Lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover.

 Target audience

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or involve in resuscitation training.

Appropriate participants would be doctors and nurses working in acute care areas (e.g. ICU, HDU, OT,   A & E, CCU, medical /surgical admissions units) or members of  cardiac arrest / medical emergency team.

 All applicants must preferably hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification, or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.

Since we have limited vacancies preference may be given to PGIM Trainees, Those who have done the local ALS/ILS courses or ERC ILS.

Pre-course preparation

ERC ALS course manual can be downloaded from the ERC COSY once we add the candidate to ERC course system at least one month prior to  the course date.  Candidates can also access the Virtual Learning Environment VLE ( about 30 hour online study) . Pre- course MCQ should be completed online before the dead line.

 It is expected that all candidates are competent in BLS (CPR) and this must be achieved prior to attending the ALS course.


 The ALS course has a high ratio of instructors to candidates (1: 3). The course includes core lectures and interactive workshops. The face-to-face teaching is mainly delivered in small groups with hands-on practical skill stations and clinically-based simulations.

Demonstrations introduce the concept of role-play and simulated cardiac arrest management, assessment of the critically ill patient, shockable / non-shockable algorithms, positive critiquing, and team leadership skills.

The simulations are designed to develop team and communication skills using the resuscitation skills and knowledge acquired during the course.


  • ALS Treatment Algorithm


  • BLS & Safe Defibrillation
  • Assessment of a deteriorating patient- ABCDE approach
  • Cardiac arrest simulation management

 Modular training – skill stations.

  • Airway management & IO access
  • BLS and Defibrillation
  • ABCDE approach to deteriorating patient
  • Cardiac Arrest Management (CASTeach) including post resuscitation care & end of life care decision.
  • Cardiac arrest in special circumstances.


  • ECG Monitoring, Rhythm Recognition .
  • Tachycardia & cardiversion.
  • Bradycardia & pacing.
  • Arterial blood gases & capnography

 Assessment and certification

 Continuous assessment occurs throughout the ALS course, which is based on clinical simulations that allow candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. These include airway management, initial assessment and resuscitation and cardiac arrest management. A final assessment of candidates at the end of the course takes the form of management of a cardiac arrest simulation and a multiple choice questionnaire.

Successful candidates receive a European Resuscitation Council (ERC) ALS Provider certificate, which is valid for 3 years.  

ERC ALS course is recognised for continuing professional development.

Those who perform outstandingly well , showing  potential as future instructors, will  be offered the opportunity of attending a ERC Generic Instructor Course (GIC).

How to get registered

  • Since we have limited vacancies preference may be given to those who have performed well at the local  ALS courses or ERC ILS courses  
    1. Fill the online ERC -ALS candidate application form  (See below -“apply now”  )
    2. Applicant will receive an e- mail confirming registration. Once the registration  is confirmed can proceed with the payment.
    3. Course Fee :
 i. Rs 25000.00 - Sri Lankans working in Sri Lanka   ( discount will be given for those who have done the local ALS)                    

 ii. Rs 30,000.00 - Sri Lankans working overseas 

 iii. 250 $ -  SAARC countries)  iii. 300$ -Others 

Course fee covers the cost of course manual, access – to the ERC virtual learning environment ( VLE) 30 hour pre course online learning, administration costs, lunch and refreshments throughout the course duration.

*Once the payment is completed, access to online  learning material will be activated.

Method of payment

Course fee can be paid to any branch of the Bank of Ceylon to the credit of   Current Account no. 0077426711 ( BOC-Regent Street) of The College of Anaesthesiologists & Intensivists of Sri Lanka.  

(You can also do online -internet bank transfer to the above account) 


Bank Bank of Ceylon
Branch Regent Street
Account Name College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka-CPR
Account TypeCurrent
Account number 0077426711
Instructions to the bankEnter –“ surname with initials’ & ‘ERC-ALS’ – in the deposit slip and ask the Bank to  enter reference details in the electronic data system of the bank
Scan copy Please email the scan copy (or photo from a smart phone) of the  bank pay slip duly endorsed by the bank to

Please keep the original bank slip , which need to be produced to the registration desk on the Day 1 of the course or at the ERC ALS Manual collection 

For clarifications please contact – Tel: (+94) 11 267 2327 , +94 777357533  .

Next Course 

27-28 July 2021  – Colombo 

29-30 July 2021  – Colombo 

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