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Primary Instructor Certifications

To become an Indiana primary instructor, there are certain processes that you must follow. View the presentation or see the outline below for those processes.

Prerequisites for All Indiana Primary Instructor Applicants
  • Must have been certified, registered or licensed as an EMT for no less than one year before being admitted to the Primary Instructor course
  • Must have at least one year of experience in pre-hospital setting
  • Before entering a class, a student must submit a letter of intent to affiliate from at least one Indiana-certified training institution
  • Must be a current Indiana EMT, at least
Five Pathways
Path #1: Traditional Method
  • Successful completion of an Indiana Primary Instructor course
  • Indiana Primary Instructor Exam required (within one year of course completion)
Path #2: NAEMSE Instructor Course
  • Successful completion of a NAEMSE Instructor I course
  • Indiana Primary Instructor Exam required (within one year of course completion)
Path #3: Reciprocity for Other States
  • Currently certified as an Indiana EMT
  • Certified instructor in another state
  • Curriculum must be comparable to Indiana
  • Indiana Primary Instructor Exam required
Path #4: Reciprocity for Other Disciplines
  • Currently certified as an Indiana EMT
  • Certified in a comparable educational components non-EMS discipline such as military, Indiana Fire Instructor II and Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Instructor
  • Nationally Credentialed EMS Educator (NCEE)
  • Indiana Primary Instructor Exam required
Path #5: Reciprocity for National Certification Process
  • Currently certified as an Indiana EMT
  • Successful completion of a NAEMSE NEMSEC exam
  • Nationally Credentialed EMS Educator (NCEE)
  • Indiana Primary Instructor Exam required

The Indiana Primary Instructor Exam is an online test available at test sites around the state. The minimum passing score is 80 percent, and there are up to three attempts allowed. No waivers are authorized for additional attempts.

All candidates for Primary Instructor certification, regardless of initial or reciprocity, must complete a primary instructor mentorship. Although reciprocity candidates do not have to have proof of affiliation for initial processing, testing (when required) and mentorship, an affiliation is ultimately required before a primary instructor certification will be issued.

Additional Details
  1. Before entering a class, potential PI must have a Training Institution who will mentor and affiliate him/her for the internship portion of the course.
    a. If the Training Institution who is teaching the class will have each student intern at their institution or will be setting up internships, then they must fill out this form on every student.
    b. All students must have this form turned upon class starting. This should be submitted to State with initial course roster.
  2. Successfully pass the Indiana basic emergency medical services written and practical skills examinations within one (1) year prior to applying for certification as a primary instructor. The application date for certification as a primary instructor will be the end date of the primary instructor course as stated on the official course report of training.
  3. Student must successfully pass the course.
  4. Student must successfully pass the primary instructor state exam within one (1) year of completion of the primary instructor course as stated on the official course report of training.
  5. After successfully completing the primary instructor cognitive examination and within one (1) year of successful primary instructor course completion, candidate will complete the Standardized Indiana Primary Instructor Mentorship supervised by the affiliated training institution.
  6. The Standardized Indiana Primary Instructor Mentorship will consist of the candidate being evaluated on a minimum of five (5) teaching presentations on five (5) different topics and five (5) psychomotor skills teaching five (5) psychomotor skills. Candidates must choose from skills evaluated on the Indiana Practical Skills Certification Examination.
  7. Evaluations must be done by an experienced primary instructor chosen by the candidate’s affiliated certified training institution official.
  8. Upon completion of the Mentorship the training institution will submit a letter to the EMS Training Section of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security verifying that the mentorship of the candidate has been completed successfully.
  9. The training institution’s letter must state that it affiliates and accepts responsibility for the candidate while the candidate teaches for them.
  10. All documentation regarding the candidate must be kept on file by the training institution for a period of seven (7) years.
  11. In lieu of the Commission approved Primary Instructor Course a candidate may elect to complete the National Association of EMS Educator’s Level 1 Course.
  12. In lieu of the EMS Commission approved Primary Instructor Certification Examination, the candidate may elect to complete the National Certified EMS Educator (NCEE) Certification Examination.
  13. Individuals electing to become Primary Instructors using alternate methods must still complete the mentorship phase of the certification process.
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Procedure Guide for Completing EMS Course Paperwork
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