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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
– Heart Code 5 Hours

HeartCode ACLS is a Web-based e-learning product that uses micro-simulation technology to present realistic patient scenarios. Students are presented with the 10 ACLS Core cases in hospital-based scenarios. While interacting with the program, students assess each patient, formulate a treatment plan based on ACLS guidelines, and provide treatment. Successful completion of the Web-based cognitive component (Part A) is required before attending and successfully completing a series of skills assessments (Part B) provided by an authorised IHF/AHA training site (Codeblue). Successful completion of both elements meets the requirements for the issuing of an IHF/AHA ACLS Provider card to the participant. The International accreditation awarded to successful participants is recognised in over 50 countries throughout the world.

A standard 2–Day ACLS course provides a structured learning environment for multidisciplinary groups to develop and practice the skills, teamwork, and organisation necessary to effectively manage all cardiovascular emergencies. During the 2 day course candidates have ample time and opportunity to practice, perform and integrate these skills into an assortment of case scenarios both as a team member and team leader before their final assessments.

However, the HeartCode 4 Hour ACLS course provides NO TEACHING of practical skills during the Face to Face component. Codeblue only allow candidates who have successfully completed a standard 2-Day ACLS course and are already competent in the practical skills such as Non-Invasive Airway Management, Bag-Mask Ventilation, CPR and Manual Defibrillator operation to apply for this course.


It is intended for healthcare professionals who provide critical care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and pre-hospital locations. You should have successfully completed a 2-Day ACLS course before you apply. It is NOT PERMITTED to do the ACLS HeartCode 4 Hour course as your first ACLS certification.

These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) Consultants, Registrars, Senior House Officers, General Practitioners, Dentists, Clinical Nurse Managers, Nurses, Advanced Paramedics,  Cardiac Technicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff, Respiratory Therapists.

Eligibility Checklist
✅ Healthcare professional
✅ Basic Life Support Certification e.g. BLS Healthcare Provider or equivalent
✅ Previous ACLS Certification is mandatory.

Course Content

✅ VT / VF with CPR and an AED
✅ Respiratory Emergencies
✅ Refractory VT / VF
✅ Pulseless Electrical Activity
✅ Asystole / Ethical Aspects of Resuscitation
✅ Stable and Unstable Tachycardia
✅ Stable and Unstable Bradycardia
✅ Acute Coronary Syndromes
✅ Acute Ischaemic Stroke

Face to Face Element
✅ Course Introduction
✅ CPR/AED Assessment
✅ Megacode Test as a Team Leader


4 Hours

Criteria for Successful Completion

✅ Completion of the pre-course HeartCode Program, including the MCQ
✅ Demonstrate effective manual defibrillation and non-invasive ventilation with a BVM
✅ Pass an ACLS Megacode test as a team leader
✅ Demonstrate competence in the performance of Basic Life Support (BLS) skills such as one and two rescuer CPR, incorporating the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).


Participants who successfully complete the course, including the skills evaluation, will receive an American Heart Association / Irish Heart Foundation ACLS Provider course completion card (credential).

This accreditation is recognised in over 50 countries throughout the world.


Our highly-experienced Instructors come from an Irish healthcare setting and all remain in day-to-day clinical practice where they regularly train and carry out these skills. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach.

Codeblue is a registered and approved Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association training site. Course certificates are only issued to approved and registered training sites where the currently certified Instructors carry full public and professional liability insurance.

Course Materials

The following materials are delivered to the candidate by email 4 weeks prior to the course date.

✅ HeartCode activation link
✅ HeartCode instructions
✅ Directions to Face-to-Face venue

NB. There is no hard copy of the ACLS Provider Manual with this course

Online Component

Available on the American Heart Association website

✅ Acute Coronary Syndromes video
✅ Acute Ischaemic Stroke video
✅ ACLS Science Overview video
✅ HeartCode Programme

CPD/CEU Credits

All Codeblue courses are eligible for CPD/CEU points. The exact number of points you can claim depends on what your occupation/speciality is.

This course is eligible for up to 4 hours of face-to-face CPD and 6 hours of online CPD.

More information on Medical Council and Irish Nursing & Midwifery Board

Arrange a Course

Please contact Máighréad on or telephone 01-2353317 and we will explore the feasibility of running a tailored course to your specific requirements.

Group Bookings

Group bookings can be discussed with Máighréad on or telephone 01-2353317. A discount may apply based on the number of candidates booked