AHA 2020 Advanced Cardiac Life Support Guidelines or ACLS was created by the American Heart Association. ACLS is a classroom course that awards a 2 year ACLS certification for those who work in critical areas of the hospital such as ICU, Telemetry, ER, CCU and outpatient surgery areas. Most hospitals require doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and charge nurses to have this certification. This course teaching advanced Life Support measures such as drug administration for arrhythmias, cardioversion, defibrillation, CPR, and advanced airways as well as heart rhythm recognition.