Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)

Accrediting body

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Which staff groups is this course for?

Candidates should be from a medical, nursing, ECP, ODP or RTO background.  The Working Group recommend that nurses are senior staff nurses and above.  Experienced Band 5 staff nurses may take the course.

Course summary

APLS  is a leading emergency paediatric life support course designed to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective treatment and stabilisation of children with life threatening emergencies; to teach the practical procedures necessary to enable effective management of childhood emergencies.

The course comprises a flexible one-day, on-line component (VLE) and a two-day, face-to-face taught programme. Candidates should apply for the two components as a complete package from the course centre.

Re-certification course

Only those candidates who hold a valid APLS Provider certificate are eligible to attend the one day re-certification course. Certificates are valid for 4 years. It is not recommended that candidates attend a recertification course if more than 6 months has elapsed since the expiry date of their Provider certificate. 

However, if a potential candidate has been practicing APLS regularly and currently works in on-call general paediatrics, paediatric intensive care, pediatric anaesthesia and general or paediatriac emergency department, then they may be eligible to take the 1-day recertification course.


Assessments are based on clinical scenarios that allow the candidate to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. These include airway management, vascular access, illness/serious injury management and cardiac arrest management. Candidates will also undertake a multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ).

Successful candidates will receive an Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) APLS provider certificate, which is valid for 4 years.


£500 for the two day course
£350 for the one day recertification

Includes course materials, access to the virtual learning environment (VLE) and daytime catering.

Enquire about availability at Derby

For an application form please e-mail putting Advanced Paediatric Life Support in the subject.

Please advise of your grade, specialty, name of the hospital where you work and your mobile number.

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How we store your information

When a form has been submitted we will keep a hard copy as required by the governing body of the course. Forms are kept for a maximum of 5 years in a secure environment.

How long we store your information for 

We store personal information for as short a time as possible. 

Unless you have otherwise stipulated within your submitted registration, your details will be removed from our protected hospital computer network shortly after you have attended your training course. 

Removal of your information from our records 

You are entitled to request that we remove any personal information we have about you stored within our systems at any time. For more information on how to do this please email