CPR Class Content Requirements for Kentucky EMTs

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 EMTs' may also need a First Aid course as well,  but this is determined by the employer. 


Board of Emergency Medical Services CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

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.

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. 
Board Req. Board Info

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.

Board Req. Board Info

Choose Your CPR Training 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 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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