CPR Class Content Requirements for Alabama EMTs

EMS Providers in Alabama usually need a Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification at the Healthcare Provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and use of a bag-valve mask. Some EMTs' may also need a First Aid course as well,  but this is determined by the employer. 


Alabama Department of Public Health CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

The Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of EMS requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the board or CAPCE approved.

Board Statement

420-2-1-.08 Initial Licensure Qualifications for EMS Personnel. 

(2) Initial application procedure:

(a) All licensure candidates must have a current NREMT certification, a current Alabama Protocols certificate, a current approved CPR card, and a declaration of citizenship form to be issued an active license. 

420-2-1-.33 Continuing Education.

(5) All continuing education must be state approved, Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) approved, or an approved nationally recognized course. Continuing education coordinators or instructors shall provide all students with a certificate of course completion that documents the dates of the course, the instructor’s signature, the title of the course, state approval number, the student’s full name, and EMSP license number (if applicable).

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CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education) CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. CAPCE accredited organizations listed here.

Board Statement

CAPCE (previously CECBEMS) recognizes that EMS providers are required to maintain certification in a number of disciplines, including:

  • CPR for Healthcare Providers (CPR) 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) 
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. The most popular are ACLS, PALS, and CPR, and include practical skills evaluation as a required component.

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Choose Your CPR Training Method

EMS Providers in Alabama are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes a practical skills evaluation through a classroom or blended training process. 100% online CPR will only be an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution and is not accepted by the state licensing department or for continuing education credits for Emergency Responders.

Some employers may require a specific type of training or may leave it up to the State’s requirement. If you are not certain of your employer's requirement, make sure to check with them about both the training type and the required course content.

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