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Continuing Education

The KBEMS emergency orders and subsequent emergency regulations do not list the CE as previously required in regulation under recertification/relicensure requirements for all provider levels (EMR – 202 KAR 7:201, EMT – 202 KAR 7: 301, AEMT – 202 KAR 7:330 & Paramedic – 202 KAR 7:401). See the KBEMS COVID-19 webpage for details concerning emergency orders and regulations. KBEMS encourages all EMS providers to complete the CE as required in regulation prior to the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration declared by the Governor Beshear on March 6, 2020 and ensuing KBEMS emergency orders promulgated on April 9, 2020. KBEMS emergency orders are in effect if the state of emergency declaration remains in place. When Governor Beshear rescinds the state of emergency order KBEMS existing regulation will become effective. KBEMS certified and licensed EMS providers can obtain 100% of their continuing education (CE) from any on-line EMS training source. KBEMS advises EMS providers to thoroughly investigate the authenticity of the EMS training before paying and completing any online training that is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) or offered through a certified KBEMS EMS-TEI.

Continuing education allows EMS professionals to stay current on the ever changing trends and practice requirements for that of an EMS provider. This will provide you with the essential knowledge needed about laws or regulations as well as new treatments that change on a regular basis.

Continuing education is important due to the fact that it validates an EMS provider's knowledge and skill level. As a professional, you need to be updated as medicine constantly evolves. This ensures that your patients have the best care possible.

As a certified or licensed provider in the State of Kentucky, you are required to obtain a certain amount of continuing education in certain topics to maintain your certification or licensure. The certified or licensed person is responsible for attending and maintaining proper records of their continuing education hours. You may find more information about the requirements for your specific certification or licensure, please select your level:

Online Refresher Course Options

Recert Scheduled Outage

Monday, December 27 to Wednesday, December 29

A scheduled upgrade for Recert is scheduled from December 27-29. All Recert courses and resources will be unavailable during this time. Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we work to improve.


The below online refresher courses meet the continuing education requirements for Kentucky renewal. 

  • Pass with PASS, LLC
  • JB Learning (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic, Educator) You must use the below course codes to access the training after you have paid for the package through the Public Safety Group (Jones & Bartlett Learning -- JBL). The refresher courses cover the required subjects and hours listed in KAR for each provider level. See 2020 Provider Continuing Education Guidance [PDF - 181K]. Upon completion of the below courses, you will receive a completion certificate via email from KBEMS within five business days. If you have any questions please submit a support ticket.
  • FREE – Prodigy EMS: Refresh 2021, is a free 30 hour NCCR program that is CAPCE approved education and accepted by NREMT. This class is open and available to all. This class is self-paced and allows you to register and complete the class at any point while it is active. The course will be available through 12/31/2021 at which point the distributive limit will once again take effect.   SIGN UP TODAY

Approved Continuing Education

The following education entities were approved by the Kentucky Board of EMS, at the June 5, 2014 meeting, to offer continuing education:

Additional Training Opportunities

For the following three (3) opportunities ,please pay attention to these instructions:

    • Set up an account with KY Train if you do not have one and search for the course.
    • Register for the class and click “Launch” which will connect you to an external site for a 1-hour video with embedded practice quiz questions.
      • Tip: pay attention to the correct answers as they are revealed since you will need to complete the quiz again as pass/fail exit to the course.
    • When the video concludes, return to the KYTRAIN site and mark the course “Completed."
    • You will be prompted to take the final quiz and fill out the course evaluation.
    • Certificates will be posted under the “Your Learning” tab when you successfully complete all required elements.
  • KBEMS Sexual Violence Awareness Training (EMS provider course)

The Sexual Violence Awareness Training for KBEMS certified and licensed EMS providers meets the requirements described in KRS.311A.120 Educational course and continuing education - Administrative regulations. This one hour course covers awareness of sexual violence, including reporting options, care options, pre-hospital treatment considerations, knowledge of regional rape crisis centers, and how to access the SANE-ready list. This course is required to be taken one time during every two year renewal cycle as part of the EMS providers continuing education.

Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) has a new online, on-demand, 1-hour Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence Course available on KYTRAIN. The KBEMS Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence Training for KBEMS licensed Paramedics fulfills the requirements described in 202 KAR 7.401 Paramedics, Section 14. Training of Paramedics in Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence. This training is for all individuals seeking licensure as a Paramedic with KBEMS.

KY EMS-C has a new online, on-demand, 1-hour version of the PAHT Course available now on KYTRAIN. Welcome to Understanding Abusive Head Trauma, a program for EMS and First Responders. This course is authored by Dr. Melissa Currie, a board-certified child abuse pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine Dr. Currie is the Medical Director and Division Chief of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine; and narrated by Morgan Scaggs, KYEMSC Project Director. Completion of this program conveys Kentucky EMS Providers 1.0 CEU in Pediatric Trauma and fulfills the training required by KRS.311A.120

  • The University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC), in partnership with the KY Department of Behavioral Health, has developed this series of podcasts for healthcare professionals who are facing the COVID-19 pandemic. This is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and in intended to provide psychosocial support for our healthcare and behavioral health professionals providing care to those affected by the coronavirus. Hospitals are really becoming concerned at the mental health of their staff, and the stress they are under, and this is a tool that may be of value for some. New episodes come out about once a week.

All of the podcasts should be listed here. They are also available via a YouTube Playlist.

Approved CPR Courses

The educational bodies listed below have been pre-approved by the KBEMS Education Committee, and are the only pre-approved CPR certifications presently accepted by KBEMS.