CORE Immediate - Adult is for rescuers who might be expected to manage the early stages of cardiac arrest. CORE Immediate – Adult includes adult collapse management.
Certification requires the learner to demonstrate a given standard of simulated practical skills, facilitated by self-directed learning, face-to-face training, and formal assessment.
One week (min.)
4 hours (approx.)
After the learner has successfully completed all assessments, they will receive their CORE certificate and be invited to provide feedback on their experience.
A learner will contact a CORE provider to organise their face-to-face training. Before attending the face-to-face training, there is a minimum period during which the learner will be expected to acquire the necessary theory with pre-reading.
CORE Immediate learners should have access to Resuscitation – A Guide for Health Professionals at least one week before their face-to-face training. This manual contains the theory and knowledge directly applicable to the course available from our shop.
Face-to-face training is delivered by one or more CORE instructors who have been certified by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council.
Face-to-face training focuses on two areas:
The training should also provide the learner with ample opportunity for discussion.
The face-to-face training is designed to enable a mix of health professionals to work in teams, just as they might in real life. Although the final learner mix will be tailored as required, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council advocates for multi-disciplinary courses wherever feasible.
Face-to-face training should be completed within one day.
Face-to-face training will be delivered as a series of modules covering the essential practical skills of resuscitation. Four skill stations are based around four key management guidelines, while four sets of scenarios focus on adult collapse, child collapse, and injury.
Following this skill station the learner will be able to demonstrate a DRS ABCD management plan for adult collapse, both as a lone rescuer and in a team of two.
Skills will include:
Following this skill station the learner will be able to demonstrate the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a collapsed person.
Following this skill station the learner will be able to demonstrate the effective management of airway obstruction and breathing in the person with apnoea. Skills will include:
As part of this skill station, learners will be exposed to the principles of endotracheal intubation.
After this scenario set the learner will be able to:
After this scenario set, the learner will be able to:
To gain CORE certification there is a formal assessment. For CORE Immediate - Adult this involves assessment of the skills of resuscitation. Learners have to pass all assessments to achieve certification.
Scenarios are not assessed.
Skill module assessments are assessed using specific criteria for each expected action. The three skill module assessments and their components are:
The learner will demonstrate the management of adult collapse.
The learner will demonstrate the safe use of an AED.
The learner will demonstrate:
The instructor will make every effort to support your learning opportunities and, if necessary, provide additional coaching to help you pass the CORE assessment. All assessments are graded between 1 (low) and 5 (high).
The regulations are as follows:
Compassionate consideration may be granted where circumstances prevent the learner from re-sitting within the required time frame (for example in the case of illness). The procedure for compassionate consideration is that the learner submit a written request explaining the circumstances to their Course Director. This should be supported by a written statement from the Course Director and forwarded to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. The New Zealand Resuscitation Council will respond within five working days.
CORE certificates are conferred by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, and valid for one year from the time of successful completion of the assessment. For their own purposes, employing organisations and accreditation bodies may recognise the certification for longer. Due to fall-off in skill retention, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council would not support any recognition period longer than three years.
CORE certification indicates successful completion of the assessment for a particular course prescription. Because of the limitations of such courses to clearly indicate clinical competence, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council makes the following statements in relation to its certification:
Learners seeking CORE certification should have the prior skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to complete the course. Because the New Zealand Resuscitation Council considers that all learners should complete the entire course for their skill level, there is no specific recognition of prior learning for CORE courses.
CORE Immediate learners shall receive a certificate dated from the date of their face-to-face training. If you lose your certificate, your Course Director should be able to provide this. Please contact them in the first instance. If your Course Director is unable to provide you with a replacement certificate then the New Zealand Resuscitation Council can do this for a fee.
The New Zealand Resuscitation Council and Australian Resuscitation Council recognise the certification provided from each council's course as equivalent for the purposes of professional or workplace credentialing. Although each council's courses teach slightly different material to reflect differences in national resuscitation guidelines, these differences are minor and have no impact on the quality or outcomes of resuscitation in practice.
This arrangement applies only to CORE Provider courses. No other courses are currently recognised for cross-crediting purposes.
Quality is of paramount importance to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. For this reason a key feature of the CORE course is a prescriptive method of delivery, content and assessment.
As part of the quality assurance requirements of Council, learners will be invited to complete an evaluation for courses attended. This feedback allows the New Zealand Resuscitation Council to identify course difficulties, give feedback to instructors, and consider modifications to the course and administrative processes.