Become an EMST Instructor

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Course overview

EMST200The EMST program teaches a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. Its courses provide a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients.

The EMST program runs in Australia and New Zealand and is equivalent to the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program in other parts of the world.

EMST is a two and a half day course conducted by a faculty of six instructors plus a director for 16 participants. The course program includes lectures, practical skill stations, case scenarios and discussions.

Approximately 80 courses are run each year across Australia and New Zealand by a multi-disciplinary faculty that work in surgery, emergency medicine, anaesthetics, intensive care and general practice. A list of this year's EMST courses is available on the EMST Course Schedule.

Teaching on Skills Training courses enables RACS Fellows to claim 1 CPD point per hour, with a maximum of 30 per annum. Awards and scholarships are available for faculty.

Register your interest

Medical practitioners who wish to instruct on the EMST program must meet the below criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the EMST instructor course. Please note that instructor course selection is highly competitive and limited to 32-48 places a year. Selection criteria is dependent on the needs of the EMST program, specialty and area of practice.

Please register your interest by contacting

Eligibility criteria:

  • Nomination as a potential Instructor on a provider or refresher course
  • Current EMST/ATLS status (completed a course within the last 4 years or 6 years for surgical applicants)
  • Minimum level of seniority at PGY4
  • Interest and or involvement in clinical trauma management
  • Interest in teaching
  • Ability to commit to teaching on EMST for a minimum of 4 years

Training process:

  • Successfully complete an EMST provider or refresher course and be nominated as a potential Instructor
  • Attend and successfully complete an EMST instructor course
  • Teach on an EMST course as an Instructor Candidate to achieve Instructor status
  • Teach a minimum of one course per year to maintain Instructor status

ATLS reciprocity

Instructor reciprocity exists between EMST and the ATLS® program worldwide. If you are an ATLS® instructor living in Australia/NZ wishing to instruct, please contact and provide verification of your instructor status in your home country.

The Skills Training Department is the communication link between participants, faculty and the EMST committee.


EMST Program Administrator
Skill Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1289
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298