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Become Training Center - Accreditation Process
To establish a formally recognized centre, the following must be completed before a certificate will be issued by the SAUDI HEART ASSOCIATION indicating that your centre is affiliated to the SHA. The requirements are the following:
  • Training manikins for BLS, ACLS, PALS AND NRP according to the status of the centre.
  • Crash cart.
  • Defibrillators.
  • Audio-visual materials.
  • Sterilization solution.
  • Drugs. Premixed and ampoules.
  • Consumables.
  • Other accessories.

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2. INSTRUCTORS (4 at least)
  • BLS Courses (nurses, doctors, technicians, paramedics etc.).
  • ACLS Courses (cardiologists, physicians, anaesthetists, Paramedic, etc.).
  • PALS Courses (Paediatricians, Paediatric intensivist, Paediatric care nurses, etc.)
  • Lecture hall with adequate seating
  • Four rooms for practice, demonstration and testing.
  • Computers and computer lab
  • Secretary, clerk, and labour
  • Storage facility
  • Lounge
  • Prayer facilities
  • Office for the in charge of the programme

Materials and hand-outs can be purchased from the Saudi Heart Association (SHA). The association has the facilities for English and Arabic versions. You can contact the CPR Secretary.



A physician or an anaesthetist has to be assigned by the Chief of staff to be responsible for the CPR Centre in your hospital.

Job description:
  • He/she must have three-five years experience as a consultant.
  • The assigned programme director has to attend and complete the Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor's Course.
  • The programme director (chairman of the CPR Committee of that establishment) will be responsible for full control of the activities of the centre regarding organization, conduction and supervision of all CPR training programmes.
  • He/she can participate as instructor in order to keep the validity of his/her certificate.
  • In hospitals he/she responsible for the content of the crash carts, distribution, stocking and testing.
  • He/she can assign instructor for each course.
  • He/she must sign the small certificate.
  • He/she must submit the annual report.
  • He/she should be able to utilize the statistics in research and conferences.
  • He/she can submit regular reports to the chairman of the CPR committee requesting recertification of instructors who complete the required 8 courses during the validity of the certificate.
  • He/she can submit a recommendation letter to the chairman of the national CPR committee requesting an upgrade of certain instructors who complete the requirement of participating in 30 or more courses for instructor training and fulfil the criteria of SHA.

A physician, nurse or a technician may be assigned as CPR coordinator by the programme director (CPR chairman).

Job description:
  • The assigned CPR coordinator has to attend and complete the Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor's Course.
  • He/she is assigned by the CPR programme director.
  • He/she is responsible for running the activities of the CPR centre.
  • He/she is responsible to submit monthly report on the CPR courses conducted in the centre to the chairman of the programme director.
  • He/she is responsible to see that the assigned course supervisor is preparing all necessary educational materials for the course.
  • He/she is responsible to communicate with the CPR office for any inquiries, advice, requesting the necessary educational materials and purchasing books.

iii. Identification of Instructor potential (IP)for SHA CPR Courses
  • The instructor can be a medical doctor, nurse, technician or paramedic.
  • Demonstrated good competence in the subject at a provider course.
  • Score more than 90 % in the written and skill performance at provider course from the first attempt.
  • Speak both languages (Arabic/English) good and fluently.
  • Shown leadership personality.
  • Shown clinical credibility and skills, then involve being articulated, supportive and motivated.
  • Recommended by two (2) senior instructors at the provider course.
iv. Identification of Instructor Candidates (IC)

  • Successfully complete the instructor course at any recognized CPR training center by SHA.
  • Teach on courses under the supervision of senior instructor for the first 90 days after the date of the instructor course.
  • The number of under supervision courses is decided with the final result of the instructor course.
  • After he/she finish the assigned supervision course, the IC normally progress to full instructor status, but occasionally the senior instructor and/or faculty decides that a further course is required, or rarely that the candidates is not suitable to progress to be an instructor.
  • An appeal can be logged with the national CPR committee which makes the final decision.
v. Full Instructor status

  • FULLY conduct any assignment during the course independently.
  • He/she can be responsible or assigned to organize and conduct a specific CPR course by the coordinator and approved by the CPR program director.
  • Shown Flexibility, modest personality during teaching and training.
  • Should consult senior instructor in case of inefficient knowledge, or skill performance to himself.
  • He/she is responsible to maintain and keep the center and all equipment in a good working order.
  • He/she may be assigned by senior for any task within the center activities.
  • Attached to his certifying center for renewal of instructor certificate.
vi. Senior Instructor (SI)

  • Full instructor conducting more than twenty (20) provider courses.
  • Participate in more than 10 under supervision for (IC).
  • Have excellent feed back about his performance during the course by candidates, coordinator/director.
  • Can participate in training of trainer (TOT) courses under supervision of faculty.
  • Letter of recommendations by coordinator /director of the center to upgrade to senior instructor, forwarded to national CPR Committee
  • Recommend by two (2) faculty members as a full TOT instructor.
vii. Faculty Member

  • Senior instructor (for both BLS and ACLS) participates fully and independently in more than ten (10) TOT courses.
  • Have considerable clinical credibility, good judgment and impeccable powers of assessment and fairness.
  • Recommended by Director of CPR Training Centers and course Director of TOT courses.
  • Approval should come from National CPR Committee at SHA.
viii. Course Director Status

  • Full instructor can progress to the status of course director.
  • Should participate in more than Ten (10) courses as full instructor, and least four (4) courses have been appointed as course co-director.
  • Have considerable clinical credibility, good judgment and impeccable powers of assessment and fairness.
  • Recommended by coordinator/director of training center.
6. AFFILIATION FEES (Please see the Rules & Regulations)



Secretary, computer, receptionist, male and female lounges, prayer area, etc. The policy of the Saudi Heart Association, which is not much different from the other Heart Associations, is that you must be an instructor in Basic or Advanced Cardiac Life Support by attending one of the SHA's Instructor courses. If you hold a valid certificate from abroad issued by other associations, and these association have a valid memorandum of understanding(a sort of contract/deal) with Saudi heart association, then a Copy of the certificate from abroad issued by these association should be forwarded to the Saudi Heart Association to be replaced by the SHA certificate.


The center will be visited for inspection by one of the faculty of the Saudi Heart Association for final Approval.