The RNZCGP standard for endorsed resuscitation courses is outlined in the six indicator statements below. 

What is the standard for endorsed resuscitation?

The primary objective of the RNZCGP continuing professional development programme is to encourage meaningful professional development that results in improved patient care. This standard is intended to ensure that all e-learning activities endorsed by RNZCGP are well positioned to contribute towards attaining this objective.

The principles underlying this standard are consistent with the RNZCGP quality standard for all endorsed learning activities, but are adapted specifically for resuscitation courses.The six indicator statements cover the following dimensions: relevance to general practice; high quality content; no professional or commercial bias; sound educational practice; evaluation; and participant certification.

Criteria marked * are essential components of the standard. Criteria marked # are desirable components, but are not required.


Indicator 1: Relevance to general practice

The provider ensures that the content of the educational programme provided is relevant and useful to General Practitioners in the New Zealand context.


*1.1 | The learning needs of general practitioners with regard to the topic have been taken into account in programme planning.
#1.2 | Content is related to the doctor’s existing knowledge.
#1.3 | Where possible, a general practitioner is involved in the presentation.

Indicator 2: High quality content

The course meets the New Zealand standards for resuscitation as set out by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council.


*2.1 | The course content should, at a minimum, be equivalent to that of the NZRC CORE course as judged by the College Advisor on Resuscitation Skills.
*2.2 | The course content must include, at a minimum:

  • Adult collapse management skills
  • Childhood collapse management skills
  • Airway management skills
  • Team management for adult collapse
  • Team management for childhood collapse
    (Team management for medical illness and Trauma skills are optional components.)

 #2.3 | A level 5 course should normally be a minimum of 4 hours duration, with expected reading preparation time of a minimum of 4 hours. A level 7 course should normally be of a minimum of 8 hours duration, with expected reading preparation of a minimum of 4 hours.

Indicator 3: Limitations on professional or commercial bias

The programme provides a balanced coverage of issues and contains no professional or commercial bias.


*3.1 | There is no pharmaceutical company involvement in the design or content of the educational programme.
*3.2 | The programme content contains no product endorsements or material that can be construed to promote one product over any other, and any commercial interests are declared.
*3.3 |Any sponsorship of the programme is publically acknowledged, and is at ‘arms length’ from the content of the programme.
*3.4 | Any potential conflicts of interest held by the programme staff with respect to its content are clearly declared in the application submission and in publicity material.

Indicator 4: Sound educational practice

The provider develops the programme according to sound educational principles.


*4.1 | Realistic learning objectives for the programme are specified.
*4.2 | The programme is coherently designed to enable achievement of the learning objectives.
*4.3 | The course is taught in a practical manner. Theoretical and online courses are not accepted.
*4.4 | The environment in which the event will be offered is appropriate for learning.
#4.5 | A practice / team-based approach to resuscitation training is encouraged.
#4.6 | Assessment is not required, but if undertaken, feedback should be constructive, timely, and relevant.

Indicator 6: Participant certification

The provider has a system in place for certification of event attendance.


*7.1 | Certificates which state the number of credits that the activity has been endorsed for are awarded