CDLS® 3.1 is a 3.5-hour, competency-based, awareness level training course that is part of the National Disaster Life Support® (NDLS®) family of courses developed by the NDLS Educational Consortium™ and endorsed by the American Medical Association®.

The target audience includes; healthcare providers, veterinarians, pharmacists, Public Health, health educators, volunteer organizations, and layperson's.

The American Medical Association grants provider status to persons who successfully complete the course. CDLS® 3.1 providers may wish to continue their education with Basic Disaster Life Support® (BDLS®)


CDLS 3.1® Brochure


Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS®) Course Version 3.0
Course Description:
The CDLS® Course v.3.1 is a competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies. The course incorporates the "all-hazards" approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management through the use of two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event mitigation and preparedness) and the DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event recognition, response, and recovery).

The overarching aim of the CDLS® Course is to provide participants from diverse professions, disciplines, and backgrounds with a common lexicon, vocabulary, and knowledge in disaster-related medicine and public health that can be reinforced and expanded in the Basic Disaster Life Support® (BDLS®) and Advanced Disaster Life Support® (ADLS®) Courses. The CDLS® Course is aimed at a broad range of audience categories, including medical first responders, health professionals, health service providers, public health workers, and health support personnel.
  • P – Planning and practice
  • R – Resilience
  • E – Education and training

  • D – Detect
  • I – Incident management
  • S – Safety and Security
  • A – Assess hazards
  • S – Support
  • T - Triage and Treatment
  • E – Evacuation
  • R – Recovery

Course Duration: 3.5 hours of didactic teaching
Target Audience:
  • Medical first responders
  • Health professionals
  • Health service providers
  • Public health workers
  • Health support personnel
  • Others, including police and fire personnel
Class size:The CDLS® course can be provided to large audiences and is limited only by the size of the classroom.
Pre-requisites: None
Course Length: 3.5 hours
Course Credits:
Recertification: N/A


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