A first responder provides medical assistance

Certification

Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)

A certified First Responder is a person trained in emergency medical care and is capable of providing pre-hospital care. First responder training programs are often offered through various Kentucky Community Technical College System sites, Kentucky State Fire Rescue Training and other Training and Educational Institutions throughout the Commonwealth. 

The first responder program varies in length from 40-60 hours.  After completion of class, the student must sit for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) First Responder exam. Becoming certified with the NREMT does not grant a license to practice as a first responder in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

There are 4 different ways to obtain your First Responder certification:

Initial Applicants (from a Kentucky Approved Course)

Applicants applying for this type of certification will have attended a Kentucky Approved course.

Emergency Medical Responder Checklist (KBEMS-E3) 

  • Create an account in the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Information System (KEMSIS).
  • Complete CPR for the Healthcare Provider
  • Completion of Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services HIV/AIDS Course.
  • Proof of age 16 or greater (Birth Certificate, State Issued Photo ID, Driver's License, etc)
  • Must NOT have been found guilty of, entered a guilty plea, or Alford plea to a felony offense or have completed a diversion program for a felony offense
  • Must NOT have been subjected to discipline that would prevent certification at the time of application
  • High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or Transcripts with graduation date if less than 18 years old or verification that student is enrolled in high school with a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 2.0
  • Background Check less than 6 months old:
      •  Initial Kentucky certification or licensure requires a background check from Verified Credentials.
    • $25.00 in Fees ($15.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee) 
    • Course Completion Form and Testing Eligibility (KBEMS-E13) submitted by your Educational Institution

    Temporary Applicants (non-renewable)

    Applicants applying for this type of certification will need to have a certification from another state. This certification expires in 6 months and is non-renewable.

    Emergency Medical Responder Checklist (KBEMS-E3)

    • Create an account in the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Information System (KEMSIS).
    • Complete CPR for the Healthcare Provider and provide certification
    • Completion of Cabinet for Health Services HIV/AIDS Course.
    • Proof of age 16 or greater (Birth Certificate, State Issued Photo ID, Driver's License, etc)
    • Must NOT have been found guilty of, entered a guilty plea, or Alford plea to a felony offense or have completed a diversion program for a felony offense
    • Must NOT have been subjected to discipline that would prevent certification at the time of application
    • High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or Transcripts with graduation date if less than 18 years old or verification that student is enrolled in high school with a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 2.0
    • Background Check less than 6 months old:
      • Temporary Kentucky certification or licensure requires a background check from Verified Credentials.

    Reciprocity Applicants

    Applicants applying for this type of certification will need certification from another state and National Registry certification. This type of certification is a renewable certification.

    Emergency Medical Responder Checklist (KBEMS-E3)

    • Create an account in the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Information System (KEMSIS).
    • Complete CPR for the Healthcare Provider and provide certification
    • Completion of Cabinet for Health Services HIV/AIDS Course.
    • Proof of age 16 or greater (Birth Certificate, State Issued Photo ID, Driver's License, etc)
    • Must NOT have been found guilty of, entered a guilty plea, or Alford plea to a felony offense or have completed a diversion program for a felony offense
    • Must NOT have been subjected to discipline that would prevent certification at the time of application
    • High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or Transcripts with graduation date if less than 18 years old or verification that student is enrolled in high school with a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 2.0
    • Background Check less than 6 months old: 
      •  Reciprocity applicants seeking Kentucky certification or licensure are required to obtain a background check from Verified Credentials.
    • EMR certification from another state
      • Current National Registry First Responder certification
      • $150 in Fees ($125.00 Reciprocity Fee + $15.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee)

      Reinstatement Applicants

      Responders who can apply for reinstatement are those that did not apply for recertification prior to their expiration date. They have up to five (5) years to apply for reinstatement. If you wait longer than 5 years, you are not eligible for reinstatement. (i.e. If your card expired on December 31, 2010 you are only eligible to apply for reinstatement until December 31, 2015).

      Emergency Medical Responder Checklist (KBEMS-E3)

      • Create an account in the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Information System (KEMSIS).
      • Complete CPR for the Healthcare Provider and provide certification
      • Completion of Cabinet for Health Services HIV/AIDS Course.
      • Proof of age 16 or greater (Birth Certificate, State Issued Photo ID, Driver's License, etc)
      • Must NOT have been found guilty of, entered a guilty plea, or Alford plea to a felony offense or have completed a diversion program for a felony offense
      • Must NOT have been subjected to discipline that would prevent certification at the time of application
      • High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or Transcripts with graduation date if less than 18 years old or verification that student is enrolled in high school with a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 2.0
      • Background Check less than 6 months old:
        • Reinstatement applicants seeking Kentucky certification or licensure are required to obtain a background check from Verified Credentials.
      • Evidence of previous certification as a First Responder in Kentucky (Copy of expired card less than 5 years past expiration date)
      • $175.00 in Fees ($150.00 Reinstatement Fee + $15.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee)
      • 30 Hours of Continuing Education completed within twelve (12) months preceding application (Explained Below)

      First Responder Reinstatement Hours Explained

      • Seventeen (17) hours of Continuing Education
      • One (1) in Disaster Management or Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)
      • Two (2) MAY be in HIV/AIDS Training

                      AND

      • Completion of the National Standard Curriculum for RMT-First Responder Refresher Course

                      OR

      • Continuing Education Hours that meet the requirements of the curriculum
        • Half-Hour (.5) Introduction to EMS Systems
        • Half-Hour (.5) Legal and Ethical Issues in EMS
        • One (1) Well Being of the First Responder
        • Two (2) Airway
        • Two (2) Patient Assessment
        • Two (2) Circulation
        • One (1) Lifting and Moving Patients
        • One (1) Medical Emergencies
        • One (1) Bleeding and Soft Tissue Injuries
        • One (1) Injuries to Muscles and Bones
        • Half-Hour (.5) Childbirth
        • Half-Hour (.5) Infants and Children