CORE Instructor Course

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council trains CORE Instructors to provide CORE training to health professionals.

If you are a health professional looking to attend a CORE training, you will need to find a CORE Provider. Find out more.

The CORE Instructor Course is a two-day course offered at CORE Levels 6 and 7 only. CORE Instructors at Levels 6 and 7 are also able to instruct at CORE Levels 4 and 5.

Candidates on the CORE Instructor Course are required to demonstrate satisfactory acquisition of theoretical knowledge and performance of simulated practical skills. The course is facilitated by a six week period of self-directed learning, attendance at a course of practical skill development and formal assessment. The course also involves instruction and assessment of teaching of skill stations and scenarios.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry candidates must:

  • have a health professional background
  • have completed a CORE provider course at Level 6 or 7 within 6 months of attending the CORE Instructor Course
  • be recommended by the Course Director who delivered the candidate's CORE provider course within four weeks of their attending that CORE provider course
  • have observed another CORE provider course at Level 6 or 7 within the previous six months
  • intend to be actively involved in teaching CORE in his or her work environment
  • be committed to delivering at least three CORE provider courses annually.

Nomination Process 

The process for nomination onto a CORE Instructor Course is as follows. Course bookings are accepted only when this process has been completed.

  1. A Course Director may nominate a candidate for attendance at an instructor course following the candidate’s successful completion of a CORE provider course at Level 6 or Level 7.
  2. An Instructor Potential form must be completed by the Course Director who delivers the candidate’s provider course.
  3. The nominating Course Director must complete and return the Instructor Potential form including the Level 6 or Level 7 provider course assessment summary sheet to the Instructor Course Director.
  4. The nomination must be received within four weeks of the candidate’s successful completion of the provider course. The candidate will then be notified of the decision by the CORE Levels 6-7 Instructor Course Director.
  5. If the nomination is successful the candidate will be required to observe another CORE provider course and have an Observer form completed to confirm this.
  6. The candidate must return the completed Observer form to the Instructor Course Director.
  7. The Instructor Course Director will notify the candidate to proceed with course registration once they have received the completed forms.
  8. The candidate will submit a course Registration form to the Instructor Course Director. Upon receipt, a place on the next course will be confirmed, an information letter sent to the candidate, and an invoice issued.

Course Infomation 


The CORE Instructor Course is held at Waikato Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, Peter Rothwell Academic Centre, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton.


Two days, from 8.00am until 5.00pm. All candidates must attend both days.


The fee for the CORE Instructor Course is $1,150.00 (GST exc.). It includes:

  • A copy Resuscitation - A Guide for Advanced Rescuers (2016), which is the basis of the course exam
  • A copy of Resuscitation and Emergency Care – A Teaching Guide.

Candidates are expected to read these before attending the CORE Instructor Course. Candidates should also refer to any updated guidelines.

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Attendance does not guarantee a candidate being offered certification as a CORE instructor. Candidates are assessed throughout the course on their theoretical knowledge of resuscitation, attitude towards teaching, interest in resuscitation, confidence and abilities as a teacher, and support of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s educational philosophy.

After the Course 

The Instructor Course Director will notify all candidates of their results within one week of completing the course. The Instructor Course Director will also provide successful candidates with a Code of Conduct. This needs to be completed and returned to the National Administration Coordinator.

By this time, successful candidates should be familiar with the Pathway to CORE Instructor Status. New instructors will be required to participate in three CORE provider courses per year to maintain their instructor status. During their first year as a CORE Instructor, candidates cannot fulfil the role of a CORE Provider Course Director.

Candidates who are unsuccessful may be invited to register for a future course and pay full course fees.

Further information 

For further information please contact us.