I direct multiple other courses, but NO paeds courses. The only "LS" type course I direct is ATLS.
The difficulty you describe with finding time to teach in the UK is experienced by ATLS as well, despite it also being a 2-day course.
Not sure whether or not it makes a difference, but ATLS instructors in the UK are, on average, more senior than those on other course - still, I have no idea whether that makes it easier/harder to get 2 days off to teach.
ATLS generally still manages to frown on the option of "popping in" for a day on a course and thus getting "credit" for teaching. Attendance on the full course, providing mentorship to candidates and avoiding giving the impression that one can only really do a part of the course - that's still the standard.
Many course centres still have to put up with people only doing the one day only, but it's not what is desired or encouraged, as appears to be the case with APLS & other course from the link you have provided.
At our ATLS course centre we run the course with faculty there for the full course, generally, but we do let a couple arrive to "help" in terms of adding extra pairs of hands for some skill stations and/or opening additional testing rooms to speed up the end of the course. No "credit" is given for such "assists" and it's only our most solid instructors who do this and they, without exception, do substantially more courses than required to keep their ticket. ATLS requires 6 full courses in a 4-year period and these folk typically to 10-12, not including the "assists".
We are on track to do 16 courses each year. If we begin to struggle, my preference would be to reduce the number of courses overall, rather than the number of courses done with proper faculty support.
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I'm an APLS Course Director in the UK.
We have (anecdotally) found that even though the face-to-face component of the APLS course was reduced from three to two days some time ago, it can be tricky - with all of the competing pressures of people's main jobs - to get time away from work to direct or instruct on APLS courses.
For the above reason, the requirements for APLS Instructors were changed with effect from 1 January 2018 (updated in December 2018) with one of the aims being to support the credibility, commitment and currency of APLS instructors and also to facilitate them maintaining Instructor status:
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