Becoming a CCrISP instructor

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The initial exposure to the CCrISP® course in most cases will be as a potential instructor. Potential instructors will observe and involve themselves in all aspects of the two-and-a-half day course. There is opportunity for potential instructors to actively participate in the demonstration and practical sessions. This is the most effective way for orientating new instructors to the course program.

Potential instructors with formal instructional training, as approved by the CCrISP® subcommittee (e.g. on CCrISP®, APLS, 'Surgeons as Educators' or other analogous courses) will then be eligible to teach their first course as an instructor candidate under the supervision of the course director and, following satisfactory demonstration of instructional ability, progress directly to become a qualified CCrISP® instructor.

Those without formal training are required to qualify in a CCrISP® instructors course before teaching as an instructor candidate. The instructor course aims to familiarise potential instructors with contemporary educational principles and to assist participants in developing the necessary teaching and assessment skills using the CCrISP® program for reference. Currently, CCrISP® instructor courses are scheduled twice a year, and are conducted over two-and-a-half days.

Benefits of involvement

  • Opportunity to meet and interact with other specialty colleagues in a collegiate and sociable setting
  • Truly appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to surgical critical care
  • Update personal knowledge and understanding of critical care issues
  • Ability to interact and develop rapport with trainees
  • Participants benefit from the quality of experience and expertise of the course faculty
  • Ideal setting to foster enduring, good clinical practice by trainees
  • An enjoyable and rewarding teaching experience
  • A forum to develop personal educational skills
  • Opportunity to undertake formal instructional training on a CCrISP® instructor course
  • Activity recognised as continuing professional development
  • Airfares, accommodation and meals incurred during formal training process covered by the College
  • Accommodation and travel when instructing interstate covered by the College

Instructor information

  • All instructors should be prepared to participate in one to two courses per year to maintain their instructor status. Instructors who wish to direct on courses will be assisted in gaining the necessary experience
  • Instructor Pathway (Word) - overview of the processes required to become a qualified instructor

Please contact the CCrISP® administrator at for further information.

Register your interest

Please fill out the CCrISP® Instructor Course application form (Word 200KB) and submit to

Becoming a CCrISP® co-ordinator (for nursing staff)

Nursing professionals interested in taking an active role in the CCrISP® program can do so as a CCrISP® course co-ordinator.

The role of the CCrISP® co-ordinator

The co-ordinator is primarily responsible for the administration, organisation and availability of the vast array of resources required for the course. Nurses who wish to co-ordinate on courses will be assisted in gaining the necessary experience.

Selection criteria

  • A candidate for the co-ordinator's role should be a health professional with a base knowledge of medical core content and related equipment, e.g. Clinical Nurse Educator ICU/CCU, Nursing Education Co-ordinator, Registered Nurse with intensive care or surgical ward experience
  • The candidate should also have proven organisational skills and the ability to communicate effectively
  • An interested candidate should be familiar with CCrISP® course policies and procedures

Recruitment and training process

There are three steps to this process:

  • The candidate who satisfies the selection criteria must observe an CCrISP® provider course in its entirety with an experienced CCrISP® co-ordinator
  • The co-ordinator candidate actively assists an experienced coordinator on an CCrISP® provider course to become familiar with the organisational aspects and required paperwork within a course
  • The co-ordinator candidate actively manages the pre-course planning, organisation and conduct of an CCrISP® provider course under the supervision and evaluation of an experienced co-ordinator and the course director
  • Once the candidate has completed their first course as an independent co-ordinator, a written evaluation of their performance and recommendation is submitted to the National Co-ordinator, who approves their elevation to the position of an CCrISP® co-ordinator
  • All co-ordinators should be prepared to participate in at least one per year to maintain their coordinator status.

Expression of Interest form and introductory booklet

Direct any inquiries and return the Expression of Interest Form to the address below.


Lesley Dunstall
National Co-ordinator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
PO Box 44
North Adelaide SA 5006

Telephone: +61 8 8239 0086
Facsimile: +61 8 8267 3069;