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How Certification Works

RECOVER certification signifies one’s knowledge and skills are up to date with current evidence-based guidelines. RECOVER offers certification for veterinary professionals in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) through a 2-step process involving online and in-person training. Certification is maintained by completing the online recertification course every 2 years. Veterinary professionals may also become RECOVER Certified BLS Instructors® and RECOVER Certified ALS Instructors® through an additional certification process.

Online Course Certificates of Completion

Step 1: Complete the online course in RECOVER Basic Life Support

The online course for Basic Life Support contains 5 modules in an interactive digital content that is accessed through a web browser. Participants will complete a knowledge assessment after each module and are required to score over 80% in order to advance to the next module. The course content takes approximately 5 hours to complete.

Completion results in

    • Digital certificate of completion
    • Access to exclusive BLS content on the RECOVER website (recoverinitiative.org)

Step 1: Complete the online course in RECOVER Advanced Life Support

The online course for Advanced Life Support contains 3 modules in an interactive digital content that is accessed through a web browser. Participants will complete a knowledge assessment after each module and are required to score over 80% in order to advance to the next module. The course content takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete.

Prerequisites

    • Certificate of Completion for Online Course in RECOVER Basic Life Support

Completion results in

    • Digital certificate of completion
    • Access to exclusive ALS content on the RECOVER website (recoverinitiative.org).

RECOVER Certified Rescuer

Step 1: Complete the online course in RECOVER Basic Life Support (as noted above)

Step 2: Obtain Certification as a RECOVER Certified Basic Life Support Rescuer

The in-person RECOVER Certification workshop in BLS is a hands-on workshop held by a RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor® composed of a review of key concepts and practical training using simulated scenarios of performing BLS. The training is approximately 1.5-2 hours long with a practical assessment the participants must pass in order to obtain certification as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer®.

  • Prerequisites
    • Certificate of Completion for Online Course in RECOVER Basic Life Support
  • Upcoming RECOVER Rescuer Certification Courses
  • Completion results in
    • Certification as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer®
    • Digital certificate of completion for RECOVER CPR BLS Rescure@ training
    • Digital “RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer®” badge
    • Access to BLS certified veterinary professional content on RECOVER website (recoverinitiative.org)
    • Qualifying for in-person training in RECOVER Advanced Life Support

Step 3: Maintenance of Certification Status

  • Successfully complete the online RECOVER CPR BLS Recertification Course every 2 years. (coming soon)

Step 1: Complete the online course in RECOVER Advanced Life Support (as noted above)

Step 2: Obtain Certification as a RECOVER Advanced Life Support Rescuer

The in-person RECOVER Certification workshop in ALS is a hands-on workshop held by a RECOVER Certified ALS Instructor® composed of a review of key concepts and practical training using simulated scenarios of performing ALS. The simulation is conducted with veterinary specific simulation software coupled with a high fidelity simulator or static mannequin. The training is approximately 4-5 hours long with a practical assessment the participants must pass in order to obtain certification as a RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®.

  • Prerequisites
    • Certificate of Completion for Online Course in RECOVER Basic Life Support 
    • Certificate of Completion for Online Course in RECOVER Advanced Life Support
    • Certification as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer®
  • Upcoming RECOVER Rescuer Certification Courses
  • Completion results in
    • Certification as a RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®
    • Digital certificate of completion for RECOVER CPR ALS training
    • Digital “RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®” badge
    • Access to ALS certified veterinary professional content on RECOVER website
    • Eligibility for certification as a RECOVER certified ALS Instructor®

Step 3: Maintenance of Certification Status

  • Successfully complete the online RECOVER CPR ALS Recertification Course every 2 years. (coming soon)

RECOVER Certified Instructor

Step 1: Certify as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer® and a RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®

Step 2: RECOVER BLS Instructor® Certification

The in-person RECOVER Certification workshop in BLS instruction is a hands-on workshop held by a RECOVER Certified Training Centers and is composed of a detailed review of BLS concepts, learning of key concepts in simulation-based learning and debriefing, and practical training in conducting RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer® certification. The training involves pre-workshop coursework and approximately 6 hours of in-person workshop time with a practical assessment the participants must pass in order to obtain certification as a RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor®.

  • Prerequisites
    • Current certificates as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer® and a RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®
    • Active license as a veterinarian or credential as a veterinary technician/nurse
    • Teaching experience recommended
  • Upcoming RECOVER Instructor Certification Courses
  • Completion results in
    • Certification as a RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor®
    • Certificate of competence as a RECOVER CPR BLS Instructor®
    • Digital “RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor®” badge
    • Access to RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor® content on RECOVER website
    • Qualifying for certification as a RECOVER Certified ALS Instructor®

Step 3: Maintenance of Certification Status

RECOVER Certified BLS Instructors® can maintain their instructor certification by meeting all of the following requirements.

  • Conducting at least 2 Rescuer certification workshops within a 2 year period
  • Staying updated in the Rescuer certification process through update material provided by RECOVER, including the signing of the instructor agreement
  • Completing online recertification courses every 2 years

Step 1: Certify as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer® and a RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®

Step 2: RECOVER BLS Instructor® Certification

Step 3: RECOVER ALS Instructor® Certification

The in-person RECOVER Certification workshop in ALS instruction is a hands-on workshop held by a RECOVER Certified Training Centers and is composed of a detailed review of ALS concepts, learning of key concepts in simulation-based learning and debriefing, and practical training in conducting RECOVER BLS Rescuer certification. The training involves pre-workshop coursework and approximately 11 hours of in-person workshop time with a practical assessment the participants must pass in order to obtain certification as a RECOVER Certified ALS Instructor®.

  • Prerequisites
    • Current certificates as a RECOVER Certified BLS Rescuer®, RECOVER Certified ALS Rescuer®, and RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor®
    • Active license as a veterinarian or credential as a veterinary technician/nurse
    • Teaching experience recommended
  • Upcoming RECOVER Instructor Certification Courses
  • Completion results in
    • Certification as a RECOVER Certified ALS Instructor®
    • Certificate of competence as a RECOVER CPR ALS Instructor®
    • Digital “RECOVER Certified ALS Instructor®” badge
    • Access to certified ALS instructor content on RECOVER website

Step 4: Maintenance of Certification Status

RECOVER Certified ALS Instructors® can maintain their instructor certification by meeting all of the following requirements.

  • Conducting at least 2 Rescuer certification workshops within a 2 year period
  • Staying updated in the Rescuer certification process through update material provided by RECOVER, including the signing of the instructor agreement
  • Completing online recertification courses every 2 years
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