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Online Level 1 Instructor Course

The National EMS Instructor Courses have been designed and developed in accordance with the DOT/NHTSA 2002 National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors & the National Education Standards. The IC1 course represents the didactic component and practical application of the educational process for EMS educators specified in over 40 States EMS Rules for Lead Instructors. 

The course content provides an introduction to a broad span of educational theory that is heavily reliant on brain-based learning and evidence-based best practices for all levels of experience as an EMS educator.

This Online Level 1 Instructor Course will offer the same CAPCE approved 40 hours of CEUs based on the  DOT/NHTSA 2002 National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors & The Foundation of Education 3rd Edition Textbook. NAEMSE continues to host in-person courses throughout the country in tandem with this new virtual option. To view upcoming locations and dates please click below:


Course Goals and Objectives

• To provide tools and resources to educators to accelerate growth as effective learning coaches.

• To provide contemporary information on the teaching and learning process so EMS educators help their students to achieve their learning goals.

• To provide opportunities for networking with other educators, mentoring by experienced educators, and a catalyst for personal growth.


In order to ensure successful completion of this course:

• A portion of the course (16 hrs of CE) must be completed online prior to class and includes educational materials pertinent to successful course completion. 

• Participants will complete a written post test on the third day of the class which includes information covered in class that is referenced to content in the DOT/NHTSA 2002 National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors & the National Education Standards found on the NAEMSE website. A desktop or laptop computer is required to complete this exam.

• Participants are assigned to a team (squad) that is tasked with completing assignments for various course components. Active engagement with team members in a collaborative learning environment is essential to achieving a successful learning experience.


Course Pricing

  • NAEMSE Member Price: $295
  • Non-Member Price: $395

A NAEMSE membership costs $95 a year. You can purchase a NAEMSE membership by clicking on the following link: Join Now


Course Agenda


Day One  

Roll Call: 7:45am

Course: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Introduction of Course

Roles & Responsibilities Activity

Adult Learner, Learning Styles & Motivation


Lesson Plans

Cultural Awareness

Goals & Objectives/Domains of Learning

Evaluation & Remediation



Day Two  

Roll Call: 7:45am

Course: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Review Questions for Homework


Affective Domain

Teaching Psychomotor Skills

Teaching Thinking Skills

Facilitation & Communication

Jeopardy Review


Day Three  

Roll Call: 7:45am

Course: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Review Questions

Domains of Learning Homework

Presentation Styles



Technological Requirements

In order to ensure successful completion of this course, all participants will need access to the following:

  • Reliable internet connection, participants will need to remain connected to the internet for extended periods of time.
  • Laptop/desktop computer for final examination. Our secure online examination software requires a laptop or desktop computer, tablets and mobile phones will not be permitted to complete the final exam.
  • Participants must have a free Zoom account to connect.

Certificate & Continuing Education Units

Individuals who attend the entire course and pass the post test will receive a Certificate of Course Completion from NAEMSE and a total of 40 hours of CEU credit. Continuing education hours have been approved through NAEMSE, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).


Participants in the NAEMSE IC1 will take a final exam to evaluate their understanding of the course material. The grade received on this exam determines eligibility for CAPCE-Approved CEU credits.


 IC1 Exam Grading Policy


 0 - 67%


 68 - 75% 


 76 - 100%

 At - Home Remediation    In - Class Remediation    Pass, No Remediation


A score of 76% and above will be considered passing and participants will be eligible for 40 hours of CAPCE-Approved CEU credit. Certificates will be issued by NAEMSE within 30 days of successful completion of the course.


Those who score between 68 - 75% will have the opportunity to complete remediation during Day 3 of the course. Upon successful completion of in-class remediation, NAEMSE Faculty will determine eligibility for CEU's.


Participants who score below 67% will be given an at-home remediation packet. Upon successful completion and resubmission of this packet, participants will be eligible for CEU's.


Feedback received from participants in the United States and Canada on this course are tremendously positive.  If you have never had the opportunity to attend, please consider joining us at one of the NAEMSE Instructor Courses!

Enrollment in the Online Level 1 Instructor Course is very limited, waitlists are available if upcoming courses are full.

Contact the NAEMSE office at (412) 343-4775, or with questions.


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