2-Day APLS

aplsumbi930250Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) training provides a structured learning environment for multi-disciplinary groups to develop the skills, teamwork, and organisation necessary to effectively manage paediatric emergencies.

The APLS course, supported by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK), is ideal training for those who work in paediatrics and who manage paediatric emergencies on a regular basis.

The course is run by Code Blue under license form the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) in the UK

PLEASE NOTE: the ALSG VLE Tutorials MUST be completed before attending the course. No exceptions are made. 

See ALSG APLS Fact sheet for more details.


It is intended for healthcare professionals who work in paediatrics and who manage paediatric emergencies on a regular basis.

These candidates may include (but are not limited to) Consultants, Registrars, Senior House Officers, Clinical Nurse Managers and nurses.

Eligibility Checklist

Healthcare professional (Doctor, Nurse, Paramedic)
Basic Life Support Certification eg. BLS Healthcare Provider or equivalent
Experience of managing paediatric emergencies is strongly recommended.

Course content

Instructor & DVD-led skills demonstration and practice sessions that include:

  • Primary and secondary paediatric assessment
  • Recognition of respiratory distress/failure
  • Airway management and ventilation
  • Needle thoracocentesis, chest drain, surgical airway
  • Recognition of shock
  • IV/IO/Umbilical vascular access and fluid resuscitation
  • Basic life support
  • Newborn resuscitation
  • Electrical therapy/Defibrillation
  • Spinal injury/immobilisation
  • Safe transfer of patients


Face-to-face 16 hours. Online approx 4 hours.

Criteria for successful completion

  • Completion of the pre-course Online VLE. and achieve a score of 4 correct answers on each assessment module, you will be able to take these more than once.
  • Actively participate in, practice, and complete all skills and learning stations
  • Demonstrate competency in patient assessment and management in a simulated paediatric emergency case (Megacode)
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of Basic Life Support (BLS) skills


Participants, who successfully complete the course, including the pre-course VLE and skills evaluation, will receive an ALSG APLS Certificate, valid for 4 years.


Our highly-experienced Instructors come from paediatrics, ED, anaesthesia and critical care nursing. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach. CODEBLUE is a registered and approved ALSG training site. Course certificates can only be 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’s work address by registered courier.

  • APLS Provider Manual
  • Online VLE enrolment key
  • Course Programme
  • Criteria for Successful Completion

Online component?

ALSG VLE Tutorials (MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE COURSE). This takes a minimum of 10 hours, if you arrive for the face to face component of the course without completing your VLE your options are:

  1. Go home. (no APLS cert, no observer’s cert, no CPD credit. You will get a receipt of payment but not successful completion)
  2. Stay and observe. (no APLS cert. You will get an observer’s cert and CPD credit only if you stay for the full 2 days. You will get a receipt of payment but not successful completion)

In neither case will you get a refund of your fees. You may complete the VLE at a later date and use it against another APLS course. Code Blue will discount the cost of the VLE from your next full APLS course fee. We cannot guarantee that another training site will do the  same.

CPD/CEU credits?

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

This course is eligible for up to 16 hours of face-to-face CPD and 4 hours of online CPD.

More information on Medical Council and An Bord Altranais

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