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My 2010 Training Paramedic Requirements

My paramedic employer is implementing some new training/certification requirements in 2010. I am both excited for the opportunity to receive the training and apprehensive about scheduling in the training time with part-time work shifts and my full-time responsibilities. This what is ahead for me in early 2010.

ACLS/CPR renewal
PALS provider (12 hours)

GEMS Basic and Advanced course (12 hours)

ITLS training and certification course (16 hours)

I have heard good things about GEMS and ITLS. What have you heard? Are these certifications standard for paramedics in your agency?

I don’t know why ITLS was selected over PHTLS or GEMS over AMLS or PALS over PEPP or EPC. Might have something to do with instructor availability.


I am going to need some time management tips to get all of this done.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.