Who can become ACLS certified?

Who Is ACLS Certification For?

ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. It is often mixed up with BLS, which stands for Basic Life Support. While there are similarities between the two, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support makes use of extensive and advanced techniques of providing life support to patients. But before we determine who is qualified to take the ACLS Certification, let us first compare the difference between BLS and ACLS.

Difference between BLS and ACLSWhat is ACLS certification?

Basic life support (BLS) is the medical care given to patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. All medical professionals are trained to provide BLS. Medical professionals are paramedics, nurses, physicians and other medical practitioners who work with and respond to cardiovascular emergencies including those who work in intensive care units. BLS is administered with the absence of any medical equipment.

On the other hand, the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support makes use of advanced procedures in caring for a patient suffering from life-threatening conditions while also incorporating BLS procedure. Performing intubation, IV insertion, cardiac monitoring, electrocardiogram interpretation, the use of defibrillator and other medical supplies and equipment is what sets ACLS apart from BLS. Medical professionals who have obtained the certification are skilled in advanced life-saving techniques and are licensed to do resuscitation when needed.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support techniques and procedures are strictly executed by advanced medical workers simply because these individuals are authorized to handle life-threatening medical conditions such as trauma, acute coronary problems, drug overdose, arrhythmia recognition, cardiac arrest and more. While a BLS-certified medical professional attending a sick patient needs to wait for first responders to arrive before proper and immediate care can be given to a patient, ACLS-certified medical professionals can directly administer rescue and resuscitation procedures.

BLS is the core foundation of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Though all medical practitioners are trained with BLS, not all are ACLS-certified. Thus, ACLS is an essential skill that must be learned.Free CPR Training

Now that we know the difference and the similarities between the two, we can now identify who needs to take the course and those that uses these techniques in their profession.

Medical professionals who need ACLS certification

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification can be used by any medical professional. Getting certified will increase a medical professional’s ability to save and sustain a patient’s life. However, because of the time and the costs involved in getting a certification, only those who need it most should go through the certification process.

The need for medical professionals to get certified depends on their State’s requirements and the medical institution where they are currently employed or where they are planning to apply. Most of the medical professionals that apply for ACLS-certification include physicians, licensed nurses and paramedics. Medical professionals that are working in emergency rooms, intensive care units and other critical departments that handle life-threatening situations also take ACLS certification.

If you are not required but still want to undergo ACLS certification, you can still do so. It can be of great help to all medical professionals out there. As long as you have the desire, the time and the energy to go through the certification process, then you can become ACLS-certified.

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid & CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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5 Responses

  1. Felix says:

    Hello how can I download my certificate?

    • john says:


      In order to download your certificate you need to make sure you have marked all the units as ‘completed’. They should all appear with a green tick next to them on the course homepage.

      Once you’ve marked all the units as completed you will be emailed a link to download your certificate. Please note this email may take a couple of minutes to arrive. If you do not receive an email then please check your ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ box.

      If you continue to have problems please let us know and we will do our best to help


  2. Steele says:

    I had no idea how ACLS certification worked and this article was very informative. My sister is a full-time nanny and I think that this type of training could really help her career. I think it is important to make sure you are going to the right place to get certified and to check their reviews before moving forward.

  3. Barbara says:

    Can an LPN become ACLS certified?

  4. Tony Lloyd says:

    Hello, my name is Tony Lloyd and I currently teach advance first aid and emt courses covering three different states. My son has two heart conditions that require him to either be flown out or transported to the hospital via ambulance. However, in my area there is only a few ACLS certified. He had a incident occur recently and the helicopter could not land due to weather and there was no one available who was ACLS certified to go with him on transport. I am really passionate about my training classes and I put a lot of effort into making them a success. I was wanting to get ACLS certified to not only help my son but to help me grow as an instructor as well. Any info on getting certified will be greatly appreciated.

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