PFCCS Consultant, Instructor, and Director Criteria

Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) is delivered by licensing institutions through the work of qualified consultants, instructors, and directors. Each one of the educational roles has specific responsibilities and eligibility requirements.

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 Consultant

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain current SCCM membership;
  • Continue certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Offer mentorship and guidance to first time course directors and coordinators;
  • Attend at least one day of a director candidate’s first course;
  • Evaluate the process, venue, attitudes of course faculty; and
  • Confer with course director and course coordinator after completion of the course to complete an evaluation for SCCM.

Eligibility

The criteria to become a PFCCS consultant are:

  • An SCCM-approved PFCCS director in good standing;
  • Teach/direct at least two approved PFCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Willing to offer mentorship and guidance to first-time course directors and coordinators; and
  • Submission of a completed PFCCS consultant application and letter of recommendation from a current PFCCS consultant.

Consultant Criteria and Supporting Documents

Consultant Application

 

 Instructor

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care; and
  • Teach in at least one approved PFCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria for PFCCS Instructor status requires that the applicant select one of the pathways:
  • Successfully complete a PFCCS provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and complete the instructor curriculum.
  • Successfully complete a PFCCS provider course (with ≥80% post-test score) including core skill stations and attend the Fundamentals Faculty Academy (FFA) course with successful completion of two core skills stations during the course.
  • Successfully complete a self-directed online PFCCS course (with ≥80% post-test score) and attend the FFA course with successful completion of two core skill stations during the FFA course.

In addition, applicants are required to:

  • Submit the Instructor application via the online form
  • Teach at least two components of a PFCCS course (didactic presentation and/or skill station) within two years of instructor candidate application approval
  • Submit the following:
    • Physician instructor candidate:
      • Proof of critical care certification or activity, or board eligibility for certification
        OR
      • Proof of 50% critical care practice* ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Nurse instructor candidate:
      •  Baccalaureate degree with critical care certification
        OR
      •  Graduate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio – proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Physician assistant and nurse practitioner instructor candidate:
      •  Baccalaureate or higher degree with critical care certification or >50% critical care practice ratio -- proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Respiratory therapist instructor candidate:
      • Baccalaureate or higher degree with 50% critical care practice ratio -- proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU
    • Pharmacist instructor candidate:
      • Baccalaureate or specialty in critical care or 50% critical care practice ratio – proof of practice ratio from the director of the ICU

* Critical care practice is considered either a didactic or education-based role focused on the critically ill or injured patient. The practice requirement ensures (as much as possible) that the instructor will be comfortable with the majority of the lecture components and skill stations and can answer questions with credibility.

Critical care certified practitioners will be accredited as instructors upon successful completion of all criteria listed in this document. Instructor applicants with less than 50% critical care practice ratio requirement may require a review before Instructor status is granted. 
 
 

 

Associate Instructor Eligibility

If you do not meet the above criteria for traditional PFCCS instructorship but have significant experience in critical care, you may qualify for the PFCCS associate instructor designation. The criteria for associate instructors are:

  • Successful completion of an PFCCS provider course;
  • Successful completion of the instructor curriculum component;
  • Submission of associate instructor application;
  • Significant clinical activity in critical care.

Associate Instructor Criteria and Supporting Documents

Associate Instructor Application

 

 Director

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain certification, special/added qualifications or practice ratio in critical care;
  • Apply to hold courses in their area or hospital;
  • Assure PFCCS course(s) is consistent with goals, objectives and vision of SCCM; and
  • Teach/direct at least one approved PFCCS course every two years.

Eligibility

The criteria necessary to become a PFCCS Director are:

  • Be an SCCM-approved PFCCS instructor in good standing;
  • Teach in at least two approved PFCCS courses in the two previous years;
  • Serve as course director, with the mentorship of an PFCCS consultant, for at least one approved PFCCS course; and
  • Submission of a completed PFCCS director application and letter of recommendation from a PFCCS consultant to direct courses independently.

Director Criteria and Supporting Documents

Director Application