ILS Pre-Course preparation

Thank you for choosing Back to Life for your Immediate Life Support (ILS) training course!

To ensure the best experience for all of our candidates, this page will help ensure you are fully prepared for your course. 

It is possible to fail the ILS and have to repeat the day in full, so to help avoid this as much as possible please ensure you have read through the information below!

Pre-Course preparation & MCQ
for ILS and ILS Recertification Courses


1) Please read the Resuscitation Council's Candidate Responsibilities letter

2) Ensure you have read your ILS manual (5th edition) in full

If you do not have a manual, contact the course administrator/person who booked your course for your workplace. We send the manuals at least 2 weeks before any ILS courses.

3) For BOTH the full day ILS or half day Recertification course, print out and complete the pre-course Multiple Choice Quiz (MCQ) and bring the answers with you to your course. 

Alternatively, you could complete the online quiz that is available as part of the e-ILS course (see below) and bring this confirmation with you to your course. 

4) The ILS course uses continuous assessment throughout the day. Please review these forms to familiarise yourself with the expected level of competency required to pass the course.. If you fail to complete either skill station, the trainer will work through a more comprehensive version of these forms with you so you have full feedback from the day.

Pre-Course preparation for the e-ILS Course


We would encourage all of our ILS candidates to complete the online modules provided by the Resuscitation Council's e-Learning platform, particularly if you are not regularly exposed to the concepts taught on the ILS course as part of your work role.

The e-Learning package is free to use, available 24/7, and all you need to enrol is your e-mail address and follow these instructions:

1) Please read the Resuscitation Council's Candidate Responsibilities letter

2) Ensure you have read your ILS manual (5th edition) in full

If you do not have a manual, contact the course administrator/person who booked your course for your workplace. We send the manuals at least 2 weeks before any ILS courses.

3) Download and follow the RCUK guide to accessing the ILS e-learning package.

4) The final e-learning module is an online quiz.  When you pass the quiz you will receive a certificate of completion.  Download or take a screenshot of your certificate as evidence of having completed the online quiz. 

5) If applicable, please share your copy of your certificate with your manager or L&D representative and also bring a copy along to your practical day to show our trainer.

6) The e-ILS course also uses continuous assessment throughout the day. Please review these forms to familiarise yourself with the expected level of competency required to pass the course.. If you fail to complete either skill station, the trainer will work through a more comprehensive version of these forms with you so you have full feedback from the day.