The NDLS™ courses are conducted through affiliated training centers. There are four types of training centers:
Basic Training Centers are accredited to conduct the didactic courses Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS®) and Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®). Individual courses may be conducted anywhere within their region, provided a suitable lecture facility is available.
Advanced Training Centers are accredited to conduct the didactic courses (CDLS® and BDLS®) as well as the Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) course. While individual CDLS® and BDLS® courses may be conducted anywhere within their region, the ADLS® course may only be conducted at the Advanced Training Center’s accredited fixed facility.
Regional Training Centers are accredited to conduct all three courses (CDLS®, BDLS®, and ADLS®) within their region, provided a suitable facility is available.
National Training Centers serve in the same capacity as Regional Training Centers with the following added responsibilities:
- Serve as developmental test site for course revisions and developments
- Provide training and assistance in the establishment of new training centers through contractual arrangements
- Conduct the CDLS®, BDLS®, and ADLS® courses in the global arena