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3 Ways Virtual, Instructor-Led Training Improves EMS Refresher Education


The EMS industry currently faces several challenges, including limited budgets, a multigenerational workforce, and increasing regulatory oversight. Virtual, instructor-led training (VILT) offers a new way to approach EMS education that will allow agencies to do more with less while reducing the risk from an audit by improving tracking and reporting.

The VILT delivery model provides a learner experience that is outside the brick-n-mortar classroom and beyond static online delivery, connecting live instructors with remote learners. Instructors and students interact with each other around the world in real time, simulating a traditional classroom learning experience while adding the flexibility of online learning. VILT can deliver EMS refresher education that is interactive and collaborative as well as flexible all while meeting state and national recertification requirements. 

Though not yet well-known or used in the EMS industry, VILT programs have been approved and even recommended by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) since 2011 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE, formerly CECBEMS).

Here are 3 ways virtual instructor-led training will improve EMS education for your agency:

  • VILT replaces your traditional classroom. The VILT delivery model provides a new kind of learner experience by using a live instructor to teach a class through an online learning platform. VILT programs put the focus on what matters the most—the education. 
  • VILT is cost-effective. VILT offers a solution because it allows agencies to maintain high-quality training while eliminating costs related to travel and required to backfill the shifts of those staff members participating in training. Savings with a VILT model can be up to 50% of what would be spent on traditional education.
  • VILT mitigates risk. Due to increasing regulatory oversight, all EMS agencies will be audited at some time. The online VILT format makes it easy to include tracking and reporting, making record keeping simple and hands-off and mitigating risk by capturing learner participation and engagement.

Virtual, instructor-led training programs allow emergency medical responders to complete their didactic training online through a single platform that meets NREMT and most state requirements, making VILT a cost-effective solution that appeals to a young and diverse workforce and helping mitigate risk in the event of an audit. To learn more about Virtual, Instructor-Led Training download the white paper, A New Way to Approach EMS Education: Virtual, Instructor- Led Training (VILT)

About Medic-CE

Medic-CE, a Career Step company, provides accredited online continuing education for EMS and firefighting professionals. Founded in 2006, the company currently serves over 75,000 learners and 200 fire/EMS departments. More than 200 hours of continuing education are available through the company’s powerful learning management system. The company also offers the Code3 CME Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Solution and the option for departments and agencies to add their own in-house continuing education and instructor-led courses to its sophisticated yet simple learning platform. More information is available at or 1-844-800-2304.