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COVID-19 EMT Checklist

Updated Feb. 24, 2021

Kentucky Board of EMS (KBEMS) Emergency Orders as specified in SB 150 and Executive Order 2020-243. The intent of the emergency Orders is to alleviate the regulatory conflicts identified in existing regulations in relation to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky.

Section A: All EMT Applicants must submit the following items:

  • No person shall be eligible for certification/licensure if disqualified in accordance with KRS 311A.050  Please contact KBEMS at kbemslegal@kctcs.edu or 859-256-3565 if you have any legal questions you may need answered.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • A completed EMT Application through your KEMSIS account.
  • If you have ever been certified/licensed by the Kentucky Board of EMS, you can submit a background check through the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). AOC background check MUST be less than 6 months old at the time of certification. 
    • AOC can be access here http://courts.ky.gov/aoc/criminalrecordreports/Pages/default.aspxSPECIAL NOTE: AOC background check must be less than 30 days old at the time of application for Emergency Reinstatement from April 10, 2020 through June 8, 2020. 
    • KBEMS ONLY uses CastleBranch for any new/initial applicant in Kentucky. You must link directly to the KBEMS specific CastleBranch Background Check from the KBEMS website or the link is provided below. CastleBranch background check MUST be less than 6 months old at the time of application. CastleBranch can be accessed here https://portal.castlebranch.com/kd28.

Section B: Initial-Applicants applying for the first time from a Kentucky approved course must submit the items from Section A and Section B.

Section C: Temporary- Applicants applying for temporary status must submit the items from Sections A and C (Note: Course completion date must be within 24 months prior to the date of application submission.)

  • Proof of state license or NREMT-B certification OR
  • Proof of completion of a KBEMS approved EMT course
  • Fees Submitted $165.00 Total ($125.00 Temporary Fee + $30.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee)

Section D: Reciprocity- Applicants applying for reciprocity must submit the items from Section A and Section D (Note: Expired certification must be within the last 20 years from the date of application submission.)

  • Proof of current or past certification (State, NREMT, or provisional)
  • Fees Submitted $165 Total ($125.00 Reciprocity Fee + $30.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee)

Section E: Reinstatement-Applicants applying for reinstatement whose certification has lapsed, must submit the items from Section A and Section E

  • Proof of previous KY EMT Certification
  • Evidence of successful completion within twelve (12) months preceding their application for reinstatement of the “EMT Basic Minimum Continuing Education Requirement” that includes sixteen (16) structured contact hours of continuing education, to include the following minimum contact hours and topics:
  • Fees Submitted $240.00 Total ($150 Reinstatement Fee + $30.00 Certification Fee + $10.00 Application Fee + $50.00 Late Fee).