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CPR Certification Requirements for EMTs in Kentucky

Kentucky is a unique and special state, and it’s one of the states that has recently seen a surge of support for online-based CPR certification in recent years. 

Just like any state, it’s important to know what the acceptance is for online CPR certifications. Below we’ve prepared a list of the specific approvals of ProTrainings courses for EMTs in the state of Kentucky.
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Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Kentucky

  • EMS professionals in Kentucky are required  to have a Healthcare Provider level CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support) certification. 
  • The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services requires Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR, AED for all ages with a Hands-on component.
  • Most employers will require a Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR.
  • For continuing education; Emergency Medical Responders through Paramedics can claim 4 basic CE credits for BLS/CPR Certification with a practical portion
  • CAPCE requires to maintain a CPR certification for Healthcare Providers with a practical skills component.

Course Content

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

Delivery Method

EMS Providers in Kentucky 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 Medical Services.

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.

List of ALL Board and approval bodies:

Board of Emergency Medical Services

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Kentucky:

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board or CAPCE approved. The Board has a list of Approved Providers here.

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Board Statement:

Section 2. Certification Requirements.

(1) Individuals desiring initial certification as an EMT shall: 

(i) Present written evidence of completion of current training in CPR that: 

  1. Shall be taught by an individual who holds instructor certification at an appropriate level from: 
  2. The American Red Cross;
  3. The AHA;
  4. The National Safety Council; 
  5. The ASHI; or 
  6. Another board approved organization; and 

Provides instruction and testing in:

  1. One (1) rescuer CPR; 
  2. Two (2) rescuer CPR; 
  3. Techniques of changing from one (1) to two (2) rescuers during the performance of CPR;
  4. Techniques of changing rescuers during the performance of two (2) rescuer CPR; 
  5. Techniques for relief of obstruction of the airway; 
  6. CPR for infants and small children; 
  7. Barrier-to-mouth, barrier-to-nose, or barrier-to-stoma resuscitation for adults, small children, and infants; 
  8. Use of oral and nasal airways; 
  9. Use of bag-valve-mask or other ventilation device; 
  10. Use of supplemental oxygen; and 
  11. Use and operation of an AED. 
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CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education)

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Kentucky:

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires maintaining CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. As a CAPCE-accredited organization, we have multiple courses available for CE hours listed, covering ACLS, PALS, Ergonomics, Bloodborne Pathogens and others. Go to our courses page and click on sign up for CEs.

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Board Statement:

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

  • BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR) 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. Basic Life Support (BLS) must always include a hands-on component.

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