PALS professionals can be found in any institution, care facility or other premises that are known to be responsible for the safety and health of infants and children. The certified PALS professionals may even include doctors and nurses who are present in emergency rooms, intensive care wards or critical care units. Other places where PALS certified people may work are as emergency response team members, or even just regular care facilities that cater to the young. PALS is short for Pediatric Advanced Life Support and consists of a two day classroom training course or alternatively, can be studied online. Regardless of how or where you take the course, it will follow the latest guidelines that have been set down by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the training course will have been accredited by the Accrediting Medical Education and Certification Commission (AMECC). The objective of the course is to train people to know what to do in times of emergency and includes how to better take care of the young, especially if they are injured or seriously ill.
Although initially set up as a two day training course that consisted of video lessons and a tutor available to answer questions, more recently the same course has been made available on the internet. To find PALS certification online is easy and having downloaded it you can take the course at you leisure. One of the advantages to taking the course online, apart from being able to work at your own pace, is that you can take the test as often as you like in order to pass and receive certification. On passing the test, you will become certified and whilst if you take the test in a classroom, you will receive a card indicating that you are qualified immediately, with the online course you will only immediately receive a digital copy with the hard copy then being sent by mail. It is this card that you will be asked for when seeking a job that requires someone to be PALS certified to be accepted. As with many things today, although the course follows guidelines set out by the AHA and originated in the United States, the course is now being generally accepted all over the world as an indication of being adequately trained to work with infants and children that are sick.
There are no qualifications needed in order to be accepted to take the course an all materials needed will be provided, even if taking the course online. The course basically consists of a video tutorial but when taking the course in a classroom, a tutor will be present in order to answer any questions that you may have whilst following the instructions on the video. Even though the course can be completed online in as little as 60 minutes, the 2 day classroom course allows time to fully take in the lesson as you will only get one chance to pass the test, unlike online when you can have multiple chances.