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.
Online Refresher Course Options
The below online refresher courses meet the continuing education requirements for Kentucky renewal. See 2024 Provider Continuing Education Guidance here. If you have any questions please submit a support ticket.
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:
The Americian Academy of Family Physicians
The Commission on Accreditation For Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE)
Kentucky Board of Nursing
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care
- Kentucky National Guard
US Department of Homeland Security and all appendant components (e.g. FEMA)
US Fire Administration and all department components
Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
- Courses approved by any NREMT State
Additional Training Opportunities
For the following four (4) 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 HIV/AIDS Course (TRAIN ID# 1100965)
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.
KBEMS Sexual Violence Awareness Training (TRAIN ID #1100193)
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.
KBEMS Determination of Death and Preservation of Evidence Training (TRAIN ID# 1099927)
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.
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 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