Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course

2-Day PALS Course

Course Description

The PALS course is aimed at Nurses, Junior Interns, Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedics and Medical Practitioners involved in Paediatric emergencies; candidates will be able to perform a systematic approach to the assessment of a seriously ill or injured child, recognize and manage a child in respiratory distress and failure, compensated and hypotensive shock.

Participants will be able to recognise and manage a child with a life-threatening bradyarrhythmia, tachyarrhythmia or arrest rhythm, and prevent further deterioration during stabilisation and transfer.

Candidates will be able to perform effective respiratory management skills, including the use of oxygen delivery devices, ventilation and intubation, as well as the appropriate use of electrical therapy, including defibrillation and synchronised cardioversion, IV access techniques including intra-osseous and fluid bolus administration.

PALS is a practical, case-based course that will enhance one’s skills in the evaluation and management of an infant or child with respiratory compromise, circulatory compromise or cardiac arrest. Ideal performance is initially demonstrated via video and Instructor.

Learning is facilitated by extensive hands-on practice, with each participant receiving several opportunities to lead their team in simulated clinical scenarios, guided by positive and constructive feedback.

Assessment and Preparation

Participants will receive an American Heart Association PALS provider Manual and Algorithm Memory Card, and a 94-page Course Guide is supplied prior to PALS Course participation. Participants must be in possession of an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider Certificate.

Candidates will receive an American Heart Association Paediatric Advanced Life Support Card and Certificate upon successful completion which is valid for two years.


  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course


  • A valid AHA Paediatric Advanced Life Support Card


  • Accredited by American Heart Association (AHA).
  • Additional 29 Continuing Education Units
  • 1 Medical Ethics via the HPCSA.

Instructor/Student Ratio:




“Wow! Extremely valuable. Yvette was amazing, I wanted to keep going even though I was tired. Course is bulky but good. Yvette went down to their level, made it easy and understandable. Very knowledgeable and she went above and beyond. Equipment; all was available, even had meds to show. Mel was patient and she appreciates Mel’s patience.”

Dr Christelle Ngwey – Alberton, South Africa

Course Attended: PALS


“Absolutely awesome. Great Facilitator & course. Facility is superb. Food was remarkable. All commented on the quality of food. Made comparison to other Training Centres and said we are far better and reflect a professional establishment. Good Communication, courses all ran smoothly.”

David da Silva – Edenvale, South Africa

Course attended: BLS & ACLS


“Very well organized and well-presented. Michael & Riaan – Both instructors were knowledgeable & experienced – see experience coming through when training. They both skilled and have ability to pass information across from different point of view, adjusted to suit the delegates levels.

Training room is great, well ventilated – aircon not working didn’t matter. Layout correct, well set up, started on time. Mel is very good, well organized & put together. Absolutely will come back – Best quality training I have experienced.”

Mariaan Pienaar – Benoni, South Africa

Course Attended: PALS


“Training was very very good. The standard at ATA is superior to other training centres I have used in the past. ATA definitely upheld standards of the AHA. I have done training in SA & overseas with AHA and ATA can be proud of their standards.

Riaan was Excellent – perfectly gauged with regard to how much info to give and when. Equipment and venue is all excellent, nothing to complain about. Special commendation to Melissa for her service. Will definitely come back and refer others.”

Nina Steinberg – Pretoria, South Africa

Course Attended: ITLS