How do I become a Newborn Life Support Instructor?

The NZ Resuscitation Council Newborn Life Support (NLS) Instructor Course trains health professionals to deliver our NLS program.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry candidates must:

  1. Be a New Zealand registered health professional
  2. Have completed a NZ Resuscitation Council NLS provider course within the last year
  3. Be recommended by the course director who delivered the candidate's provider course within four weeks of their attending that provider course
  4. Have observed another provider course within the previous six months 
  5. Intend to be actively involved in teaching the NZ Resuscitation Council NLS provider course.
  6. Be committed to meeting the ongoing requirements of being a NZ Resuscitation Council NLS instructor. 

Nomination process

The process for nomination onto a NLS 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 NLS provider course.
  2. A NLS Instructor online nomination must be completed and submitted by the Course Director who delivered the candidate’s provider course.
  3. The nomination must be submitted within four weeks of the candidate’s successful completion of the provider course.
  4. The candidate will be asked to complete an online confirmation.
  5. Once the nomination is approved the candidate may then register for the next available NLS Instructor course. They will be required to observe a further NLS provider course prior to the Instructor weekend. The candidate's attendance must be confirmed by the Course Director submitting an online confirmation of observer attendance.

Course information


Waikato Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton (see map).

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Two days, from 8am until 5pm. All candidates must attend both days.


19 - 20 February 2022 (Wait list in place)
2-3 July 2022
29-30 October 2022


The fee for the NLS Instructor Course is $1,300.00 (exc. GST). This includes all course material; morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea; and certification.

Payment is due on receipt of invoice, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.


Attendance does not guarantee a candidate being offered certification as an NLS 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

All candidates will be notified of their results within one week of completing the course and will be asked to acknowledge the Instructor Code of Conduct. The NZ Resuscitation Council will then issue the candidate with their Instructor Certificate, and the candidate will be recognised as a NLS Instructor. 

This is laid out step by step in the Pathway to NLS Instructor Status.

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New instructors are required to meet the ongoing requirements of being a NLS Instructor. During their first year as a NLS instructor, candidates cannot fulfil the role of a NLS Course Director.

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

Further information

Please contact us for further information.