Kentucky Requirements

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The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services requires that individuals applying for certification or licensure pass a board approved background check.

If this is your first time applying for Kentucky Certification or Licensure, you must submit a Viewpoint Screening background check. This includes all Initial, Reciprocity, and Reinstatement applications. Viewpoint Screening is the only board vendor for background checks. You may find a link to the KBEMS Specific Viewpoint Screening Website by clicking on the link below:

KY Board of EMS Viewpoint Screening Link

Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services uses the AOC background check in order to process renewal applications. No action is needed on your part to obtain a background check if you are applying for renewal. You may link to the AOC website here:

AOC Website


AOCFastCheck is a new process that will greatly reduce the time required to provide criminal record reports. Through AOCFastCheck, you can submit requests for criminal record reports and receive an e-mail notification when the results are available.

If you have any questions about background checks, please contact KBEMS by using the Support Portal available on the home page.

Kentucky requires, by statue that any paramedic must have specific education and training in the determination of death. This means that you must have:

  • 1) Taken a Paramedic Course after July 15, 1998 that included instruction on determination of death
  • 2) Taken a 'Determination of Death' course from an Approved TEI in Kentucky
  • 3) Show proof of training and education from 202 KAR 7:401

KRS 311A.185 states:

  • (3) Any paramedic course taught after July 15, 1998, shall include a course of instruction on the determination of death and preservation of evidence as required by the board by administrative regulation.
  • (4) Any paramedic from another jurisdiction desiring to become a paramedic in Kentucky shall show evidence of successful completion of a training course in Kentucky meeting the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, and licensure as a paramedic shall be denied if the required evidence is not shown
  • Training of Paramedics in Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence:

    • Full Regulation: 202 KAR 7:401
    • Section 14. Training of Paramedics in Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence.
    • (1) The training program shall not be less than one (1) hour in length and, at a minimum, shall include:
    • (a) Information on and a copy of KRS 311A.170;
    • (b) Information on and a copy of 202 KAR 7:401;
    • (c) Information on and a copy of KRS 72.020;
    • (d) Information on and a copy of KRS 446.400;
    • (e) Information on the duties of and role of the coroner and state medical examiner; and
    • (f) Information on preservation of evidence at the scene of a death.
    • (2) The training shall be:
    • (a) Provided as part of a paramedic training course conducted by an approved EMS-TEI via:
    • 1. Classroom instruction;
    • 2. Video conferencing or other distance learning media; or
    • 3. Video taped presentation or computer based learning; and
    • (b) Conducted under the supervision of a medical director.
    • (3) The medical director of the ambulance service or EMS provider conducting the training shall request the coroner of the county in which the training is provided to attend and participate in the training.
    • (4) The EMS-TEI or the medical director providing the training shall maintain the following records:
    • (a) A copy of the course outline used in the training to verify that the training has been conducted in accordance with the requirements of this administrative regulation;
    • (b) A sign-in sheet with the printed and signed names and certification or license numbers and state of license of all paramedics who successfully completed the training, including the signature of the educator supervising the education program; and
    • (c) Curriculum vitae for each member of the course faculty.
    • (5) A certificate or letter of certification shall be provided to each participant in the program at the conclusion of the training.
    • (6) The KBEMS office shall maintain an approved curriculum that may be used by entities providing training specified by this administrative regulation.

    Online Determination of Death Courses:

    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 seeing licensure as a Paramedic with KBEMS. KBEMS Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence Training can be taken here for free: KBEMS Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence Training (TRAIN ID# 1099927);

    Bell County EMS Training Center 309 Cherry St. Pineville, KY 40977 Contact: Josh Peters at 606-337-6476 or Course Fee: $10.00

KRS 311A.120Educational course and continuing education -- Administrative regulations

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) HIV/AIDS education for EMS providers fulfills the requirements described in KRS 311A.120 Education and Continuing Education. The requirement states, as a condition of being issued a certificate or license as an emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, emergency medical responder, or paramedic, the applicant shall have completed a Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services-approved educational course on the transmission, control, treatment, and prevention of the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome with an emphasis on appropriate behavior and attitude change.

The HIV/AIDS course can be taken here for free: KBEMS HIV.AIDS Education for EMS Providers 1100965

In the 2010 Regular Session Kentucky Legislators enacted House Bill 285. This is an Act that amends or creates various provisions throughout Kentucky s statutory framework and through those amendments mandates training in recognition of pediatric abuse head trauma.

KRS 311A.120

The board shall promulgate administrative regulations to require continuing education for emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, or paramedics that includes the completion of one (1) hour of board approved continuing education covering the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma, as defined in KRS 620.020, at least one (1) time every two (2) years. The one (1) hour required under this section shall be included in the current number of required continuing education hours.

PAHT Training:

Only KBEMS approved courses will be accepted for the completion of this requirement. In support of this requirement, the Kentucky EMS for Children program is offering continuing education opportunities throughout the commonwealth. In addition to general provider courses, there will also be a Train-the-Trainer option available. Please see the Events Calendar for additional information.

Effective December 31, 2015 all emergency medical responders must maintain documentation of completion of a KBEMS approved PAHT course that is less than five years old.

  • EMS Provider Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (TRAIN ID# 1095906)
    • 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 fo 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. Completetion of this program conveys Kentucky EMS Providers 1.0 CEU in Pediatric Trauma and fulfills the training required by KRS.311A.120.

    If you have questions regarding a particular course please contact Morgan Scaggs, EMS-C Program Manager to verify approval.

    The Sexual Violence Awareness Training for KBEMS certified and licensed EMS providers meets the requirements described in KRS.311A.120 Education course and continuing education-Administrative regulations. This one-hour course covers awareness of secual violencce, 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 (1) time during every two-year renewal cycle as part of the EMS providers continuing education.

    The Sexual Violence Awareness Training course can be taken here for free: KBEMS Sexual Violence Awareness Training (TRAIN ID# 1100193)