KCEMT with the support of Malteser International under the UPESI project has developed the capacity of its members by offering Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Instructor Trainings for EMTs across the Branches as below:

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) Training of Trainers

April 19-23, 2021 Nairobi


June 15, 2021 BLS Mombasa

June 17, 2021 BLS Nairobi

June 22, 2021 BLS Nakuru

June 24, 2021 BLS Kisumu


July 5-9, 2021 Nairobi


July 13-15, 2021 Mombasa

July 20-22, 2021 Nairobi

July 27-29, 2021 Nakuru

August 3-5, 2021 Kisumu





KCEMT  is an authorized American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center providing emergency life support classes for Healthcare Providers in BLS,ACLS ,PALS and PEARS. 

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, PEARS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. 

To be accredited as an AHA Training site or to book a training kindly write to or or call 0787 777 770.  

The next AHA BLS and ACLS course for Healthcare Providers is scheduled for

Date: March 17-19, 2021.

Venue: Avenue Rescue Services

Cost: Kshs 22,500.00

Basic Life Support (BLS)

The next (BLS) Basic Life Support course for healthcare providers is scheduled for March 24, 2021 at Avenue Rescue Services at a cost of  Kshs 6,500.00.

BLS is geared towards prehospital providers, like EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and in-facility hospital providers. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years.

BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

What does this course teach?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

For 2017 AHA updates please contact us through: or   or  call the office line 0787-777-770. 

American Heart Association

Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Course

Prerequisite Requirement

  1. Be at least 18 years and above of age.
  2. Be a healthcare provider with minimal 3 years’ experience.
  3. Be accepted by KCEMT AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center.
  4. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. Disciplines include ACLS, BLS, PALS, PEARS, and Heart Saver.
  5. Have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider course completion card.
  6. Be proficient in the skills of BLS
  7. Complete the BLS Instructor Online Essentials Course;

NB: The required BLS Instructor online Essentials course is the self-directed, online portion of this comprehensive course, Candidates who successfully complete this online course receive access to a printable certificate granting them entrance to the hands-on, faculty-led session – the other part of this blended-learning Instructor course. Once you have passed both parts of the course, candidates are eligible for a BLS Instructor card, which qualifies you to teach both BLS and Heartsaver® courses.

What happens after I become an instructor?

  1. On successfully completion of the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course.
  • You shall be monitored, mentored and appraised teaching your first courses within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. (Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring).
  • After completion of Monitoring & mentorship program, you could work as a consultant with KCEMT AHA Training center teaching classes in East & Central Africa.
  • You could transfer your alignment to another training site accredited by KCEMT AHA Training Center of your choosing. We can help you with this process.
  • You could become a Training site under AHA KCEMT Training center. We only accept a few high quality training sites per year.

Emergency Medical Responders provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.

Emergency Medical Responders include 

  • EMTs
  • Security Personnel
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics
  • Passersby
  • Volunteers

The following Agencies are currently running EMR programs. Contact them for more information.

  • EMT Limited

Emergency Medical Technician

 An Emergency Medical Technician provides out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. The EMT has the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.

Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical direction. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance.

Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.


The EMT curriculum covers five modules;

Module 1 Preparatory

Foundations of the EMT
Overview of Human Systems
Emergency Pharmacology
Venous Access and Medication Administration
Venous Access and Medication Administration Lab
Intramuscular Injection Skill-Instructor Resource
Intramuscular Injection -Skill Sheet
Intravenous Bolus Medication Skill-Instructor Resource
Intravenous Bolus Medication Skill-Skill Sheet
Intravenous Therapy Skill-Instructor Resource
Intravenous Therapy Skill-Skill Sheet
Metered Dose Inhaler Skill-Instructor Resource
Metered Dose Inhaler Skill-Skill Sheet
Nebulized Medication Administration Skill-Instructor Resource
Nebulized Medication Administration Skill-Skill Sheet
Nitrogylcerine Administration Skill-Instructor Resource
Nitrogylcerine Administration Skill-Skill Sheet
Oral Medication Administratio Skill-Instructor Resource
Oral Medication Administratio Skill-Skill Sheet
Saline Lock Insertion Skill-Instructor Resource
Saline Lock Insertion Skill-Skill Sheet
Subcutaneous Injection Skill-Instructor Resource
Subcutaneous Injection Skill-Skill Sheet
Withdrawal of Medication from Ampule or Vial Skill-Instructor Resource
Withdrawal of Medication from Ampule or Vial Skill-Skill Sheet

Module 2 Airway Management

Airway Management and Ventilation
Airway Lab
Esophagael-Tracheal Airway Skill-Instructor Resource
Esophagael-Tracheal Airway Skill-Skill Sheet

Module 3 Patient Assessment

History Taking and Patient Assessment
History Taking and Patient Assessment Lab
Communication Lab
Documentation Lab
Patient Assessment and Management Skill-Instructor Resource
Patient Assessment and Management Skill-Skill Sheet

Module 4 Trauma

Hemorrhage and Shock
Trauma Assessment Lab

Module 5 Medical

Respiratory Emergencies
Cardiovascular Emergencies
Diabetic Emergencies
Allergic Reactions
Poisoning/Overdose Emergencies
Environmental Emergencies
Medical Assessment Lab
Automated External Defibrillator Skill-Instructor Resource
Automated External Defibrillator Skill-Skill Sheet
Blood Glucose Test (chemstrip) Skill-Instructor Resource
Blood Glucose Test (chemstrip) Skill-Skill Sheet
Blood Sample From Fingerstick Skill-Instructor Resource
Blood Sample From Fingerstick Skill-Skill Sheet
Venous Blood Draw From Angiocath Skill-Instructor Resource
Venous Blood Draw From Angiocath Skill-Skill Sheet

The following Agencies are currently running EMT-I programs. Contact them for more information.

  • Gertrude’s Children Hospital Training Center, Muthaiga
  • Avenue Rescue Services, Nairobi
  • International College of Technology (ICT), Thika
  • Avenue Rescue Services, Kisumu
  • Eight Fold Capacity
  • EMT Limited

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, early and continuous high-quality CPR, and high-performing teams. The course reflects science and education from the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).


  • For healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies and for personnel in emergency response

What does this course teach?

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  • Define systems of care
  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
  • Discuss early recognition and management of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), including appropriate disposition
  • Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
  • Recognize bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Perform early management of bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
  • Recognize respiratory arrest
  • Perform early management of respiratory arrest
  • Recognize cardiac arrest
  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
  • Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team

ACLS for Experienced Providers:

  • For those who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, understanding ACLS pharmacology; and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest, or postarrest patients

What does this course teach?

  • Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an AED
  • Recognize and manage respiratory arrest
  • Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including post–cardiac arrest care
The next ACLS course is scheduled for March 25-26, 2021 at Avenue Rescue Services at a cost of Kshs 16,000.00.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS):

  • For healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units

What does this course teach?

The PALS Provider Course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers to effectively recognize and intervene in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high‐performance team dynamics and high‐quality individual skills. The course includes a series of case scenario practices with simulations that reinforce important concepts. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%. Topics include:

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

  • Perform high‐quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) per American Heart Association (AHA) basic life support (BLS) recommendations
  • Differentiate between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early and begin CPR within 10 seconds
  • Apply team dynamics
  • Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
  • Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiate between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Implement post–cardiac arrest management

PEARS® (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization):

  • For healthcare providers and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations during their work, including: Nurse practitioners, Physician assistants, Emergency medical technicians, Respiratory therapists, etc.

What does this course teach?

The PEARS Provider Course teaches how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize pediatric patients in emergency situations. Students interact with real patient cases to assess and stabilize pediatric patients experiencing respiratory emergencies, shock emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest. This includes applying basic life support, following the pediatric systematic approach, and applying high-performance team dynamics. The PEARS course prepares students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until a child can be transferred to an advanced life support provider.