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Advanced Life Support European Resuscitation Council

This two-day advanced life support provider course has been developed by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), based on the latest 2021 ERC guidelines. This course teaches evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals, using a standardized approach.

The ERC ALS course has been designed to reflect changes in resuscitation education. The focus for learning is based on adult learning principles.

This course will prepare members of multi-disciplinary teams to manage peri-arrest situations and to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care unit. The complexity and management of cardiac arrest situations, including decision making and effective communication with the team and the patient’s relatives are incorporated within this course, thereby highlighting the importance of non-technical skills.

Pre-course preparation

  • The ERC ALS course manual & study material is available for online access on the ERC course management system (CoSy) which is a comprehensive virtual learning platform that provides candidates with course material and the pre course assessment and stimulates lifelong learning. The candidates are provided with secure login so that they can access the CoSy and complete the learning and assessment prior to attending the course.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to gain the necessary knowledge before completing the mandatory pre-course multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ). This pre-course assessment provides a baseline measure upon which new learning can be built and MCQ should be completed without reference to the course manual.
  • We encourage candidates to complete the online learning modules and assessment 3 days prior to the course.
  • Pre- course Zoom session – 1 hour (1-2 weeks prior to the course)

Hands On Training - Method of Delivery

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

Skill Stations Cardiac Arrest Simulation Scenario Teaching
  • BLS & Safe defibrillation
  • ABCDE approach to management of a deteriorating patient
  • Intraosseous access
  • Step up approach to air way management in a cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest management -Team based approach with emphasis on non-technical skills.

  • Treatment of shockable rhythms
  • Treatment of non-shockable rhythms
  • Decision-making during resuscitation
  • Post-resuscitation care
  • Tachycardia & Bradycardia management
  • Cardiac arrest management in special circumstances
  • ABCDE approach to management of a deteriorating patient.
  • BLS & Safe defibrillation
  • Cardiac arrest management
  • Air way management in a cardiac arrest
Lectures Workshops
  • ALS algorithm
  • ECG Interpretation
  • Arterial blood gas analysis & capnography

Assessment and certification

The candidates need the following for successful completion of the course and certification as an ALS provider:

  1. Continuous assessment (observed throughout the course)
    • Airway management and ventilation
    • Recognition of cardiac arrest and delivery of high-quality CPR
    • Safe manual defibrillation
    • Application of knowledge & skills as an arrest team member and team leader.
  2. Summative Assessments:
    • During the final assessment the candidate under assessment will perform as team leader and the rest of the candidates in the respective group (similar to SIMTeach scenarios) will perform as team members

If you fail to perform to the desired standards of the ALS course, you may receive an Immediate Life Support (ILS) Certificate instead of an ALS certificate.

The ALS course is recognized for continuing professional development. We recommend that you update your skills regularly. (annually as a minimum)

ERC ALS Instructor Potential (IP) candidates

Candidates who perform outstandingly well during the ALS course may be nominated for ALS instructor training by the faculty. They may be offered the opportunity of attending an ERC- Generic Instructor Course (GIC) subsequently.

ERC ALS Course- Registration

Fill in the Online ERC ALS candidate application form
  • Applicants will receive a system generated copy of the google form. Please ensure you check your emails regularly once you register for the course.
  • If you do not receive a system generated email as above, it could mean that the entered email is invalid or entered incorrectly or it may have gone to the spam folder.
  • It is expected that all candidates are competent in BLS (CPR) and this must be achieved prior to attending the ALS course.
  • Once you are allocated to a course (ERC ALS waiting list is 3-4 months), you will receive an email with bank account details to proceed with the payment.
Course Fee
  • Sri Lankans = 40,000.00 LKR
  • Overseas candidates (SAARC countries) = 300 USD
  • Other = 350 USD
Method of Payment

Course fee can be paid to any branch of the Bank of Ceylon or online/Internet bank transfer.

Bank Bank of Ceylon
Branch Regent Street
Account Name College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka-CPR
Account Type Current
Account number Once you are allocated to a course, you will receive an email with bank account details.
Instructions to the bank Enter surname with initials & ERC ALS on the deposit slip & ask the bank officer to enter above reference details in the electronic data system of the bank.
Paying slip Please e-mail the scanned copy or a photograph of the paying slip to [email protected]

Once the payment is completed, you will be added to the ERC –ALS course candidate list, following which you can download your ERC –ALS provider manual & access the online study material including the pre-course MCQ.

  • All candidates should create an ERC guest account (Free)
  • You can create it irrespective of your payment status (Please make sure you enter your First Name, Middle name & Surname & Email correctly)
  • The ALS Certificate will be a system generated copy.