Become an NAEMT Instructor

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How to become an NAEMT Instructor

NAEMT education programs are conducted through a network of approved EMS training centers. NAEMT works with reputable EMS training centers which possess appropriate training facilities and experienced EMS faculty, maintain affiliation with an emergency medical institution, have a qualified medical director to provide medical oversight and guidance, and are committed to developing and sustaining a quality EMS training program at their center. 

All approved NAEMT training centers are required to use approved NAEMT instructors to conduct NAEMT courses.  NAEMT has specific requirements to become an approved instructor, as outlined below.  To obtain approval, all of these requirements must be met.

  1. Successfully complete the NAEMT provider course for the program for which you wish to serve as an instructor.

  2. In the United States, be licensed as an EMT or Paramedic. Instructors may not teach content or skills they are not credentialed to perform.


    a. Some NAEMT courses require Paramedic level licensure.

    b. For the U.S. military, must be currently certified by NREMT at the EMT, AEMT or Paramedic level or hold a military medic instructor credential issued by one of the U.S. Armed Services.

    c. In other countries, instructors must meet the commensurate certification and licensure requirements.

    d. Physicians, physician assistants, and nurses with commensurate prehospital trauma experience may qualify for instructor status, provided they complete all of the requirements to become an NAEMT instructor.

  3. Be associated with at least one approved NAEMT training center, either as a current member of their faculty, or as an instructor candidate. 

  4. Complete the NAEMT Instructor Application.

  5. Upon receiving NAEMT verification that application is complete, take and pass the NAEMT Instructor Preparation course (offered in English and Spanish online, and in other languages as a classroom course).  Note:  This course is only required to be taken one time. 

  6. Meet any other instructor requirements determined by your NAEMT training center.

  7. Be monitored by an NAEMT Affiliate Faculty at your NAEMT training center as you teach your initial course. 

  8. When approved by the Affiliate Faculty, you will be designated by NAEMT as an approved NAEMT instructor for a specific NAEMT education program. 

  9. Maintain your approved instructor status by teaching at least one course per year, attending all instructor updates, as required, and maintaining current contact information with NAEMT Headquarters.

View instructor requirement exemptions for specific NAEMT programs here.