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Initial EMT Certification

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

A certified EMT is a person trained in emergency medical care and is capable of providing pre-hospital care. EMT 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.
After completion of class, the student must sit for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) EMT exam.  Successful completion and certification with the NREMT does not grant a license to practice as a EMT in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Inital Certification (from a Kentucky Approved Course)

This certification is for those individuals who have taken and successfully completed a Kentucky approved EMT course.

EMT Checklist (KBEMS-E4) 

  • Create an Account on the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Information System (KEMSIS). 
  • Current CPR for the Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Completion of a CHFS approved HIV/AIDS Course
    • Course Information can be found here: HIV/AIDS Course Information
    • 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
    • Motor Vehicle Operators License (Driver's License) or Learners Permit for a US State or Territory
    • High School Diploma / General Education Development (GED)
    • Background Check less than 6 months old:
      • Initial Kentucky certification or licensure requires a background check from CastleBranch
    • $40.00 Fee ($30.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee)