Advancing the EMS profession
EMS Safety

EMS Safety Courses

The following courses are available to address the needs of providers and instructors:

Provider Course: 8-hour classroom course for EMS practitioners at all levels. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as EMS Safety providers for 4 years, and 8 hours of CAPCE credit. Students interested in taking this course can view Locate a Course for upcoming courses in your area, or contact an authorized training center in your area.

Online Instructor Update: This one-hour online course explains the components of the course and teaches instructors how to host an engaging learning experience for the participants. The update highlights the course features and best practices for using the course components, including lessons and activities. Upon completion of the course, instructors receive an EMS Safety instructor card and one hour of CAPCE credit. No monitoring is required.

EMS Safety OfficerEMS Safety Officer: This 5-hour online course prepares EMS personnel to serve as their agency’s EMS Safety Officer (ESO). In this role the EMS Safety Officer will learn to put safety at the heart of EMS activities for their patients and their colleagues—including leadership, EMTs, paramedics, fleet mechanics, and all others. The course will teach participants to not only assess safety in facilities, vehicles, and emergency scenes, but to also use best practices for preventing infections and maximizing patient and personal safety. The course explores the following topics: 

  • The role of the EMS Safety Officer
  • Facility safety and security
  • Vehicle operator safety
  • Scene safety and crew resource management
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Patient safety
  • Personal safety
  • Safety training

Upon successful completion of the course, NAEMT will issue a certificate of completion and users earn 5 hours of CAPCE credit.

This course is designed for EMS practitioners who meet the following qualifications.

  • at a minimum, current state certification or license as an EMT;
  • at least three years of full-time practice (or equivalent) at the EMT level or above;
  • strong interpersonal communication skills with an interest in serving in this position; and
  • familiarity with the agency’s current safety policies and procedures. 

Take the online EMS Safety Officer Course