Advanced CPR for Professionals

RCSA Advanced CPR for Professionals

The ACPR for Professionals course focuses on the advanced management of patients in cardiac arrest and post cardiac arrest and includes the following outcomes:

  • Recap on high-quality Basic Life Support;
  • Airway management and ventilation using adjuncts and supraglottic airway devices;
  • Use of a manual defibrillator;
  • Identification and management of the reversible causes of cardiac arrest;
  • Pharmacological interventions during cardiac arrest;
  • Management of post cardiac arrest (ROSC);
  • Ethics of resuscitation.

The Course is designed for anyone who is required to respond to cardiac arrest in an in-hospital or pre-hospital setting using equipment and pharmacology available to professional healthcare providers. The course is suited to all levels of registered professional rescuers (Doctors, nurses, and pre-hospital personnel from the intermediate scope and above). A Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa endorsed course completion certificate is issued to successful candidates. The course does not teach management of dysrhythmias (bradycardia and tachycardia) nor the management of Acute Coronary Syndromes or Stroke (Participants requiring training in these areas are advised to register for an AHA ACLS course).

A 53-page Advanced CPR for Professionals Student Manual is provided to each participant for review before, during and after the Course. For successful completion of the Course, participants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in CPR and AED use, basic airway management and ventilation, and use of the advanced cardiac arrest and post cardiac arrest algorithms; and obtain a score of at least 84% in the final written evaluation.


Pre entry requirement: Current RCSA CPR for Professionals or AHA BLS Provider certificate.


Duration BLS and AED review Airway management Manual defibrillator Text Book Skills Test Written Test CPD Points
10 hours (Excl. Pre-study) Yes Yes Yes 53 Pages Yes Yes Course 8, Medical Ethics: 1 = Total 9