Advancing the EMS profession

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. Hold a current license or certification as an EMT or Paramedic.

    a.  Instructors may not teach content or skills they are not credentialed to perform. Some NAEMT courses, such as AMLS, 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 experience may qualify for instructor status, provided they complete all of the requirements to become an NAEMT instructor.

  2.  Successfully complete the full NAEMT provider course for the program for which you wish to serve as an instructor. (Refresher courses do not qualify.)

  3. Be affiliated with at least one Authorized NAEMT Training Center, either as a current member of their faculty, or as an instructor candidate.

  4. Complete and submit the online NAEMT Instructor Application.
    Note: Please have any required documents available before beginning Instructor Application. See standard requirements, and view course-specific requirements and exceptions HERE. 

  5. Successfully complete 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.

    Note: NAEMT will recognize those individuals as NAEMT Instructor Candidates who have completed steps 1-5 above. 

  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 classroom provider course. Hybrid courses do not qualify for monitoring. Affiliate Faculty must submit Instructor Monitoring form to NAEMT indicating approval. 
    Note: Instructor Candidates must have successfully completed their provider course within the last 18 months to be eligible for monitoring. Current providers who completed their provider course prior to the last 18 months will need to retake the full provider course, take the refresher course, or take the 8-hour online continuing education modules as a prerequisite to monitoring. 

    Once a new edition of a course has been published, instructor candidates who took the previous edition of the provider course will need to complete the Instructor Update for the new edition before being monitored while teaching the new edition of the course.  

When your instructor candidate monitoring form is submitted by Affiliate Faculty, NAEMT will issue your instructor card for the specific NAEMT education program.

Maintain your approved instructor status by:

  • teaching at least the minimum number of courses required to maintain instructor status for each course. (For AMLS, EPC, PHTLS, TECC and TCCC, the minimum is 1 of each course per year. For other courses, the minimum is 1 of each course per edition.) Course refreshers, hybrid courses and derivative courses (PHTLS for First Responders or TECC-LEO) may count as the minimum one course;
  • successfully completing all Instructor Updates, as required;
  • maintaining current contact information with NAEMT Headquarters by emailing new information to