What To Do When Your PALS Certification Has Expired

Did your PALS certification expire? Not to worry. There are a few simple steps you must follow in order to regain your certification. Continue reading to find out how to deal with an expired PALS certification.

It’s important to know what to do when your Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification expires. PALS certifications require recertification every 2 years, so it’s essential that you keep yours up-to-date.

If you’ve let your PALS certification expire, then you’ve come to the right place. The good news is that you’re not alone. Whether you’re changing jobs or simply forgot to get recertified, there are many individuals just like you with an expired PALS certification and a handful of questions on what to do next.

However, getting your PALS recertification is now easier than ever before. In this article, we will discuss how you can receive your PALS recertification in just a matter of hours. In addition, we will answer some of the most common questions we receive when it comes to obtaining your PALS recertification.

If My Previous PALS Certification Has Expired, Do I need to Take a PALS Certification or a PALS Recertification Course?

At eMedCert, this is the most common question we get regarding an expired PALS certification. Simply put, if you’ve been certified previously, you will only need to take a PALS recertification course.

As long as you have taken an initial PALS certification course at some point in time – even if that certification has since expired – you will only need to take the recertification course.

Essentially, an expired PALS recertification means the certification you previously obtained is no longer active. PALS certifications need to be renewed every two years. However, that does not mean you need to take the initial certification course again. You can renew PALS certifications by taking the PALS renewal course.

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When Should I Take My PALS Recertification Course?

Whether your certification expired yesterday or has been expired for several years, you will only need to take the PALS recertification course. However, it’s important to understand that you can take your PALS recertification at any point.

Every time you take your PALS recertification course, it will remain valid for 2 years. Thus, you can wait until your certification expires and then take your recertification course. However, many employers require that you always have an up-to-date PALS certification if you’re working with children in an emergency environment.

Therefore, it can be beneficial to take your PALS recertification course prior to when your current certification expires. That way, you will have no lapse in certification and can continue working without interruption. You can also keep up-to-date on your PALS knowledge by looking at this PALS practice exam and questions.

If I Completed My Initial PALS Certification With a Different Company, Am I Still Able to Take the eMedCert PALS Recertification Course?

Yes. At eMedCert, we do not require that your initial PALS certification be completed with us in order to qualify for our recertification course. As long as you have received your PALS certification from any approved PALS provider, you will be eligible to sign up for our PALS recertification course.

Do I need to Provide Proof of Being Previously Certified in Order to be Eligible for a Recertification Course?

No. You are able to register for our PALS recertification course at eMedCert immediately. If you have previously taken your PALS certification course, you will be better prepared for your PALS recertification course. Thus, proof of prior certification is not required. However, keep in mind that you must have completed your certification at some point in the past for your recertification to be valid.

Now that you're clear on what needs to be done if your PALS certification has expired, let's get you ready to pass your online PALS Recertification course:


If you are looking to complete your PALS recertification course quickly with the convenience of an online format, sign up today. eMecCert offers fully-online PALS certification and recertification courses. We’re here for you when your PALS certification expires, for more information on BLS certification, or for questions about recertification, visit our website or contact our Support Team.

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