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

The PALS provider course is designed to prepare participants to identify and treat common conditions that may lead to cardiac arrest in infants and children, such as respiartory failure and shock.

PALS Provider training is essential for all healthcare professionals involved in the provision of care to acutely ill infants and children.


It is intended for participants who could be called upon to deal with life-threatening paediatric emergencies in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and pre-hospital locations.

These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) Consultants, Registrars, Senior House Officers, Interns, Medical Students, General Practitioners, Dentists, Clinical Nurse Managers, Cardiac Technicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff, Respiratory Therapists, Physiotherapists and other Allied Healthcare Personnel.

Which paediatric course should I take? PEARS – PALS – APLS comparison here (pdf)

Eligibility Checklist

Healthcare professional
Basic Life Support Certification eg. BLS Healthcare Provider or equivalent
Experience of managing paediatric emergencies is recommended but not mandatory

Course content

The programme involves multiple learning activities, combining instructor & DVD led skills demonstration and practice sessions that include:

  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Paediatric Basic /Life Support
  • Basic and Advanced Airway Management
  • Electrical Therapy
  • and Defibrillation
  • Recognition of Respiratory Distress & Failure
  • Management of Respiratory Distress & Failure
  • Vascular Access Techniques
  • Recognition and Management of Shock
  • Fluid Therapy and Medications
  • Management of Brady- and Tachy-Arrhythmias
  • Recognition and Management of Cardiac Arrest
  • Post-Resuscitation Management
  • “Putting it all together” practice sessions


2 days (8-6pm)

Criteria for successful completion

  • Completion of the pre-course MCQ and preparation checklist included on the student CD enclosed in the PALS provider manual.
  • Actively participate in, practice, and complete all skills and learning stations
  • Pass 2 PALS core case tests as Team Leader.
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of Basic Life Support (BLS) skills such as one and two rescuer CPR, incorporating th e use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Score a minimum grade (84% or higher) on the final Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper.


Participants who successfully complete the course, including the skills evaluation, will receive an American Heart Association / Irish Heart Foundation PALS provider course completion card (credential). This accreditation is recognised in over 50 countries throughout the world


Our instructors come from an Irish healthcare setting and all remain in day-to-day clinical practice. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach. CODE BLUE 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’s work address by registered courier.

  • PALS Provider Manual
  • Course Programme
  • Criteria for Successful Completion

Online component?

The following materials are delivered to the candidate’s work address by registered courier.

  • PALS Provider Manual
  • Course Programme
  • Criteria for Successful Completion

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 up to 2 hours of online CPD.

More information on Medical Council and An Bord Altranais

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