Professional Training Center

Welcome to the professional training center! If you are new here, we will give you tons of good information about how to get started in this amazing field and how you can put youself in a position for success. If you are already a licensed provider, thank you for your service and we hope you are here looking to advance yourself more in emergency care.

NREMT Recognized Levels of Practitioners

License Level


The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is the lowest licensure level available in most areas. The EMR scope of practice is usually limited to basic life support (BLS) and emergency trauma care. The EMR can give very limited medications but is a useful training while waiting for additional help to arrive.

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License Level


An emergency medical technician (EMT) is a a basic life support provider that provides pre-hospital emergency care typically in the back of an ambulance. EMT's can give several medications, and practice good patient assessments to make guided decisions to best help the patient.

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License Level


The Advanced EMT (AEMT) is just what is sounds like. It is a bridge between EMT and Paramedic. An AEMT can administer more medications and do more advanced skills like starting IVs and ventalator management.

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License Level


The paramedic is the highest level a pre-hospital provider can attain. The paramedic can administer many additional medications and perform advanced life support skills. The paramedic is held to the highest of standards of pre-hospital medicine and has the most tools at their expense to save more lives.

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Other Certifications/Credentials

ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. Reflects science and education from theAmerican Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

ACLS-EP - Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Experienced Providers

ACLS for Experienced Providers goes beyond the core ACLS training by offering critical thinking opportunities for those advanced, experienced, healthcare professionals who use ACLS on a regular basis. The goal of ACLS EP is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (e.g., metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through cooperative learning and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest and postarrest patients.

ACLS-I - Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor

The ACLS Instructor Essentials Online is the self-directed, online portion of the ACLS Instructor Essentials blended learning Course. Course content covers steps for becoming an AHA ACLS Instructor and steps of the instruction cycle: Prepare, Teach, Test & Remediate, Close, and Keep Current. This course includes core information about instructing AHA ACLS Provider courses, followed by course-specific information.

AMLS - Advanced Medical Life Support

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) remains the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

AMLS-I - Advanced Medical Life Support Instructor

ATLS - Advanced Trauma Life Support

Every minute counts in trauma care. This is why Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) provides a method for immediate management of injured patients. The approach is systematic and concise as well as safe and reliable. First introduced in 1980, ATLS has now been taught to more than 1 million doctors in more than 80 countries around the world.

AWLS - Advanced Wilderness Life Support

The Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) is considered to be the standard of wilderness medicine education. It is designed for medical professionals who want to certify in wilderness medicine but it can be used for a general wilderness medicine course. The University of Utah School of Medicine is home to the Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certificate. Introduced in 1998, it has been taught every year since at this school.

AEMSI - Assistant EMS Instructor

BLS - Basic Life Support

The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from theAmerican Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

BLS-I - Basic Life Support Instructor

This blended learning course combines online content with an in-person session for individuals seeking to become Basic Life Support instructors. Successful participants will receive a Basic Life Support Instructor certification and a Basic Life Support certification, both valid for 2 years.

BTLS - Basic Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing death and disability from trauma through education and emergency trauma care. Founded in 1985 as Basic Trauma Life Support International, ITLS adopted a new name in 2005 to better reflect its global role and impact.

C-NPT - Certified Neonatal & Pediatric Transport

The purpose of the Neonatal Pediatric Transport Subspecialty Certification is to provide a competency-based examination that tests specialty knowledge and the application of that knowledge for licensed health care professionals in the US and Canada, who provide stabilization and transport interventions to critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients in all types of settings. 

EMD - Emergency Medical Dispatcher

The Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) has been recognized as an essential component of effective EMS systems. Proper and timely training as well as a sound Medical Protocol are what help EMDs deliver quality care to the public with emergency medical needs.

EMPACT - Emergency Medical Patient: Assessment Care and Treatment

This innovative course uses case-driven discussions in both large and small group activities to develop the differential process so necessary in the management of acute medical patient. EMS personnel, RNs, PAs, and MDs will find the course challenging, stimulation and fun.

ENLS-Emergency Neurological Life Support

The Emergency Neurological Life Support® (ENLS) course is designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency.

FF-EMT - Firefighter Emergency Medical Technician

An EMT is an EMT, regardless of their uniform or workplace. Firefighter EMTs and ambulance EMTs both receive the same medical training. Both require physical tests, CPR certification, and both must perform emergency medical treatment in the field. The primary difference between these two roles is the time needed for training and overall job responsibilities.

FF-P - Firefighter Paramedic

Firefighter paramedics are professionals who have received both paramedic and firefighter training. They are employed by the fire department and respond to community-based emergencies, including fire, medical and other emergencies.

FTO - Field Training Officer

Field training officer(FTO) is an experienced or senior member of an organization who is responsible for the training and evaluation of a junior or probationary level member.

GEMS - Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services

NAEMT’s Geriatric Education for EMS course prepares prehospital practitioners to respond to, assess, and care for this fast-growing patient population. This third edition of the course strengthens and enhances practitioners’ ability to provide the best care for older adults in every community.

ENP - Emergency Nurse Practitioner

The ENP certification examination is a competency-based examination for certified Family Nurse Practitioners with specialty education and practice in emergency care.

PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support

PALS is geared towards healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.

PHRN - Prehospital Registered Nurse

The Pre-hospital Registered Nurse Program provides supplemental education to licensed RNs to practice within an EMS System as emergency medical services personnel for pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency transports

PHTLS - Prehospital Trauma Life Support

NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program. 

SARTECH - Search and Rescue Technician

Certification Levels SARTECH III through SARTECH I are a series of written and practical examinations that test the levels of knowledge and practical skills of SAR personnel. These examinations are based on the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. The SARTECH Certification Criteria were formulated by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies. They have also been submitted for review to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for their consideration in their standards development.

TCCC - Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) is developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency (DHA) Joint Trauma System (JTS) to teach evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield. NAEMT conducts TCCC courses as specified by the DHA-JTS. NAEMT currently offers three types of TCCC courses.

WEMT - Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

After time of classroom education, practical skills, scenarios, and full-scale mock rescues, you'll be ready to handle medical emergencies, in the wilderness or in town. You'll earn your Wilderness EMT certifications, preparing you to work on an ambulance, for an outdoor organization, or a land management agency.

  • Flight Paramedic (FP-C)

    The Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) exam candidate is a paramedic professional seeking
    employment with or who is currently associated with an air medical transport service. The
    candidate must possess an advanced level knowledge of the various transport environments, not the sole requirements or specifications for any one individual transport program or patient population, i.e.: adult, pediatrics, neonatal, maternal, etc.

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  • Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C)

    The Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) exam candidate is a paramedic professional
    seeking employment with or who is currently associated with a ground critical care patient
    transport service. The candidate must possess an advanced level knowledge of the various
    transport environments, not the sole requirements or specifications for any one individual
    transport program or patient population, i.e.: adult, pediatrics, neonatal, maternal, bariatric, etc.

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  • Community Paramedic (CP-C)

    Community Paramedicine is an emerging healthcare delivery model that increases access to basic services by utilizing specially trained emergency medical service (EMS) providers in an expanded role. Community Paramedics care for patients at home or in other non-urgent settings outside of a hospital under the supervision of a physician or advanced practice provider. Community Paramedics can expand the reach of primary care and public health services by using EMS personnel to perform patient assessments.

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  • Tactical Paramedic (TP-C)

    The Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) exam candidate is a paramedic professional who is
    seeking employment or who is currently providing critical care in an austere and or care-underfire environment. The expectation for the TP-C examination candidate is knowledge in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments, as well as thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine.

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  • Tactical Responder Paramedic (TR-C)

    The Certified Tactical Responder (TR-C) was developed in response to the law enforcement TEMS community input that non-paramedic functioning in tactical environment would benefit from a similar certification process to the Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C). The expectation for the TR-C exam candidate is competency in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments in a non-paramedic function; as well as thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine. TR-C candidates are operators functioning within a team and commonly have a primary law enforcement role with a secondary medical role. The certification process is focused on decreasing preventable deaths at the point of wounding and is aligned with the three definitive phases of TECC/TCCC care.

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  • Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO-C)

    The Certified Designated Infection Control Officer (DICO-C) examination was developed in partnership with the National Association of Public Safety Infection Control Officers (NAPSICO). The DICO-C examination candidate is an experienced Emergency Responder associated with law enforcement, an emergency medical service, or other healthcare provider who possess a specialized level knowledge for patient and employee centric care, interdisciplinary collaboration, disease transmission, as well as preventative care, immunizations, and employee education.

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  • Wilderness Paramedic (WP-C)

    The certification process is focused on the knowledge level of accomplished, paramedics working in wilderness, remote, and austere environments anywhere in the world. The questions on the examination are based in sound wilderness medicine principles. The candidate is expected to have a firm understanding of the remote medicine environment.

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Degrees in EMS

Our profession has made great turns recently to becoming more widely recognized as an essential attribute to the entire healthcare system. One way we can become better masters at our craft and make further changes in this field is to get a college degree. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has put together a list of all the bachelors and graduate programs for EMS practitioners.