ARC Instructor Courses

We have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the running of Advanced Life Support Instructor courses while we undertake a thorough review of the programs.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work diligently to restart the Advanced Life Support Instructor courses as soon as is practicable.

Please see course review project information

ARC Instructor Courses: Course Regulations

    HYBRID Instructor Course Dates (open to ALS1 & ALS2 Candidates)

    Courses open to application at varying dates prior to the course. Host course centres and instructor potentials registered via Expression of Interest (EOI) forms will be alerted in advance the date/time courses are opened for application.

    Instructor Course Expression of Interest Form

    The Instructor Courses are broken down into two types:

    • ALS1 – two-day ALS1 Instructor Course for those Instructor Potentials (IP) at ALS1 while attending an ALS1 or ALS2 Provider Course
    • HYBRID – this is a two-day course for both ALS1 or ALS2 IP’s Identified while attending an ALS2 Provider Course.
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    ARC ALS1 two-day Instructor Course: This course is over two-days designed for those candidates who have been identified as Instructor Potential in ALS1. Once successful in completion of this course candidates progress to Instructor Candidate status where they Instruct on two courses under supervision of an experienced Instructor being assessed delivering a Skill Station and CASTeaching. Candidate who successfully complete this course cannot progress to ALS2 Instruction unless they complete a two-day Instructor Course.[/text_output]

    HYBRID Instructor Course – (two days): This course is over two days designed for those candidates who have been identified as Instructor Potential in ALS2 only. Once successful in completion of this course candidates progress to Instructor Candidate status where they Instruct on two courses under supervision of an experienced Instructor being assessed delivering a Skill Station and CASTeaching.

    Hybrid courses are designed for ALS1 and ALS2 Instructor Potentials who have completed and been nominated from the ALS2 Provider Course. Any identified Instructor Potential may apply for this course that is over two days. Candidates are placed in groups with those developing towards the same instructor status.

    ALS2 candidates who successfully complete the Hybrid Instructor course can undertake ALS1 IC courses as well and gain Full Instructor status in ALS1 (prior to becoming a Full Instructor in ALS2), but these courses do not contribute towards development as an ALS2 Instructor. ALS2 Full Instructors may Instruct on ALS1 courses without the need for ALS1 IC Courses.

    The advantage of a HYBRID course for ALS1 IP’s is if they are at a later date are identified as an ALS2 IP (on an ALS2 course as a candidate) they do not have to complete another Instructor Course. The HYBRID Course covers the educational requirements for all ARC Courses. ALS1 Instructors identified later as ALS2 IP’s who have completed the ALS1 Instructor Course will need to attend a two-day Hybrid course to progress towards full instructor status

    Instructor Courses: Hybrid courses run from Courses run from approximately 07:45 until 18:30hrs each day and ALS1 Instructor courses are shorter from 08;00 to approximately 16;30. Candidates must attend the full course; if any sessions are missed, they must repeat the whole course again. Please consider the times if applying for these courses or travelling interstate.

    The courses include adult learning, cognitive load/memory theory and workshops on teaching, assessment and delivering feedback. Practical stations include teaching a skill, delivery of a discussion/workshop, teaching scenarios and assessing scenarios. In a safe and controlled environment Instructor course candidates are exposed to the attributes and skills of required of ARC Instructors through experiential learning, group dynamics, situated learning and reflective practice throughout the course. As such candidates will be asked to reflect on their demonstrated performance following delivery of the education with feedback guided by the faculty members. Feedback aims to increase candidate awareness of the role of an ARC ALS Instructor. Feedback is delivered c to the whole group so that candidates will learn from each other as well as the faculty. Feedback is delivered with integrity in a constructive manner using a model based upon advocacy with inquiry.

    Assessment is continuous throughout the entire course. Each of the practical stations is formally assessed by one of the Instructors. It is the collation of all of the assessments throughout the course that the whole faculty will decide on the pathway for future development. At the end of this course it is aimed that candidates will be equipped to undertake the role of an Instructor Candidate, (IC). To gain a successful pass in the ARC Instructor Courses in addition to attendance, candidates must successfully achieve in the course assessments. Candidates are assessed in the delivery of the educational material assigned (in micro teach sessions) including:

    • Teaching a ‘Skill’ (one component of the airway skill station)
    • Instructing a ‘CASTeach’
    • Being the lead Instructor in an ‘Assessment’ using formative and summative techniques
    • Leading a ‘Closed Discussion’

    Who are candidates teaching on the Instructor Course: During each session candidates will be educating the other members of their candidate group and one of the Instructor Course Faculty. The faculty member will undertake the role of a ‘candidate’ on an ARC Course and be one of the group members receiving the education from the Instructor Course candidate. Ultimately it is the interpersonal, communication and teaching skills that are assessed on these courses. The clinical material taught should reflect the current ARC ALS material/manual at all times.

    The ARC courses are multidisciplinary/inter-professional, which aims to provide a standardised approach for the technical skills in management of crisis events. The information used on all sessions of the course comes from the core material. Timing of micro-teach sessions: Each of the session’s candidates deliver their assigned education are time constrained as in the provider (ALS1/ALS2) courses. Instructor Course candidates are given a 9-minute allocation to deliver their assigned education, including preparation for the station (e.g. ensuring all the necessary equipment is available, and it is in working order etc), delivering the education and closing the session, (set-dialogue-closure). A member of the Instructor Course faculty facilitates feedback for the whole group following the session, including discussion of the key learning points observed.