Acronym Definitions:

TC = Training Center                                           BLS = Basic Life Support

ECC = Emergency Cardiovacular Care               ACLS = Advanced Cardiac Life Support

AHA = American Heart Association                   PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support

As an authorized training center we manage a network of training sites and instructors through out the State of Utah and other western affiliated States. A training site is an independent component of the training center. 

The training site conducts AHA courses under the authority of the training center but does not have the minimum training numbers required for it to become a training center or does not wish to pursue training center status. Training sites are required to follow training center & American Heart Association guidelines, policies and protocols.  

The Instructor is the core component of the training center. The instructor teaches and interacts with learners in provider and instructor courses. Instructors must align with one TC for each program they teach (BLS, ACLS, or PALS). When an instructor aligns with a TC, that training center becomes the instructor's primary TC. The primary TC maintains instructor records and updates instructors about changes in ECC guidelines and policies. Although an instructor may align with only one TC, instructors may teach at several TCs. When an instructor teaches for multiple TCs he or she must inform the primary TC of all training activities.

The goal of all ECC training is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to recognize life-threatening cardiopulmonary emergencies and respond to them. By the conclusion of each course, responders must master the skills that are appropriate for their level of function or practice. For example, lay rescuers will not be required to master the same skills as those achieved by healthcare providers. To ensure that participants acquire these skills, instructors must be adept at teaching adult learners and must be able to use a variety of training tools and techniques tailored to the needs of each learner.

The AHA maintains a comprehensive ECC Training Network to support the highest quality ECC education.  This training network consists of AHA volunteers and staff at the National and Regional levels and third-party Training Centers that deliver AHA training.  The AHA ECC operates and functions on a "network system".  The AHA ECC established their system on a "network" foundation, in order to offer their programs & services more effectively, efficiently & productively.

Components of a Training Network

There are many components in the ECC Training Network

Training Center: TC is a key organizational component of the ECC Training Network, helping the AHA achieve its mission efficiently and effectively.  The TC presents the educational program to the public.  The training network established by the TCs strengthen the Chain of Survival in every community.  When a TC signs an agreement with the AHA, it agrees to provide courses in BLS, ACLS and/or PALS to the community.  Each TC may create its own structure within the boundaries of its agreement with the AHA.  Such a structure may occasionally consist of a single group of instructors in the community who teach courses through the TC.  Each TC develops its own interal faculty structure to meet the training needs in its area.  Some of the instructors are senior faculty members called TC Faculty, course directors, and lead instructors.  They are responsible for planning and conducting all courses in accordance with ECC guidelines and for the training, monitoring, and mentoring new and current instructors within the TC.

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