Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) Provider

The ATLS® course is an American College of Surgeons programme developed by clinicians and educators to teach the principles of early trauma management. The course was developed nearly 30 years ago and has been adopted in over 60 countries worldwide. It is an intensive course intended to teach a simple, systematic approach to the management of trauma patients through interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios.

The course is taught by clinicians who are experienced in trauma care and who have themselves undergone both the ATLS® Provider Course but also a special educational course to optimise their teaching skills. Each student will have the benefit of a mentor and the faculty will be present throughout the course to help with any queries.

Upcoming course dates. All applications to be made via links below - No paper applications will be accepted. Please note that due to a significant demand for places on ATLS provider courses, a selection process will take place by each course centre and this will be based on a mix of specialty/grade and geographical needs.

Click on the link for your preferred date and location below and complete the registration form. Please register for one location only.

For reverification applications, please submit an application form bottom of the web page.


ATLS teaches a safe reliable method for immediate management of the injured trauma patient. ATLS is a multidisciplinary course enabling a standardised language of trauma care across the specialties.


This is a highly-interactive course combining lectures, discussions, interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios (moulage).

There are continual assessments throughout the course. An ATLS manual is provided to all participants and pre-course reading is essential to be able to participate fully in the course.

An ATLS provider card is awarded on successful completion which is valid for four years. 


For all ST1 - 8 trainees

Senior house officers, specialist registrars and consultants.

The course is intended for doctors who will be involved in trauma care. Doctors in the specialties of emergency medicine, anaesthesia, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedic surgery, and neurosurgery are particularly suitable for this training. Doctors in other specialties or general practice may be considered for the course provided they have a significant current or future exposure to victims of polytrauma. 


ATLS® Provider courses are held in RCSI and Beaumont Hospital Dublin and the following regional course centres Cork, Drogheda, Kilkenny, Limerick and Sligo. 

National Director ATLS Ireland

ATLS Committee RCSI

Mr Fergal Hickey MB BCh NUI, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Application process

Applications should be made centrally to the National ATLS® Coordinator 

There are only 20-24 places available on each course. The closing date is one month before course commencement. Applications for all courses accepted centrally to RCSI.

Duration 2.5 days - Course fee €875

Cancellation policy

A refund, less 20% will be made if written notice of withdrawal is received by the College at least one month prior to the course commencement date. No refunds will be made after this date.

ATLS Instructor Course

In line with standard practice in the USA, ATLS® student course participants who perform extremely well may be invited to an ATLS Instructor course. Such outstanding participants will be nominated by the Course Director, as well as meeting the following criteria:

  • must score 32 or more marks out of 40 in the multiple choice question paper;
  • must complete an above-average initial assessment test; and
  • must have obvious potential as a teacher and perhaps most importantly a positive attitude towards the concept of ATLS®.
  • Completed four years POST foundation training/experience or equivalent

A candidate who fails to meet the above written test requirement may be offered one more opportunity to achieve the required 32 out 40, if the faculty and Course Director feel strongly that the candidate meets the other criteria.

To be credible, a candidate must be in one of the following grades to be considered:

  • A Consultant in a specialty dealing with major trauma.
  • A Specialist Registrar (SpR) in a specialty dealing with major trauma
  • A General Practitioner who has a demonstrable commitment to and involvement in major trauma care
  • An Associate Emergency Physician, Associate Specialist or Staff Grade in a specialty dealing with major trauma.

To achieve full ATLS Instructor status is a three-step process

(1) Successfully complete an ATLS Student Course and be recognised as having instructor potential 

(2) Successfully complete an instructor course within two years of your student course and 

(3) Successfully complete your teaching requirements within approximately one year of completing your instructor course. To complete your teaching requirements and be elevated to full instructor status you must give a lecture and run a skill station in the same course.  Your performance will be evaluated by the Course Director and faculty members who will complete a written evaluation of your teaching performance.

An instructor card will be provided after you have successfully completed your teaching requirements. Your instructor status is valid for a four-year period of time.

To retain a valid instructor status you need to teach on four courses over four years and be updated on the latest edition of the course before being assigned to teach. The reverification process is completing an exam online and updating to the current edition of the ATLS programme.

Should you require further details regarding the instructor courses please contact: 

Pauline Lyons (Course Coordinator) on 01 402 8642.


  • Candidates may no longer reverify on the final day of a three-day provider course.
  • Candidates who wish to renew their ATLS® status may do so by taking the full three-day provider course, or attending the last two days of the provider course. Students are given three months either side of their four-year expiry date to reverify.
  • Candidates who show an interest in becoming an ATLS instructor can only do so by attending a full provider course and identified as instructor potential.
  • Candidates who wish to renew their status more than 4 ½ years after their pass date will be required to take a full ATLS® Student course.

 ATLS Reverification Application