You may or may not have heard of the various types of continuing education (CE) materials out there labeled as F1, F2, F3, or F5. The goal of this page is to educate you in what the different CAPCE codes are and to list out the different types of continuing education that exist.
F1: Live In-Person Continuing Education
The only differentiating factor between F1 and F2 is whether or not the class you’re attending is required every year to recertify. So, a good example of an F1 class would be an in-person class you attend that details a not new topic in EMS. It may be a class you attend at a conference or a workshop you sign up for that really interests you.
F2: Live In-Person Continuing Education (Continuous/Cyclical)
As mentioned above, the only differentiating factor between F1 and F2 is whether or not the course is required for you to recertify and maintain your certificate/license. A good example here would be CPR for the BLS Healthcare provider or ACLS if you’re a Paramedic.
F3: Online Distributive Continuing Education
This is the most common type of CE you’ll find on the web. These are individual courses that are accessible via websites, much like EMT-CE, that provide CE hours after you’ve successfully passed an exam at the conclusion of the course. These courses can be written, audio, or video. Depending on your EMT level, the NREMT allows a certain chunk of your CE hours to be F3 distributive. Check out your states specific requirements by clicking HERE.
F4: Doesn’t Exist!
This type of CE doesn’t exist yet, it simply acts as a placeholder for future accredited courses.
F5: Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Continuing Education
VILT activities are accepted as traditional live activities by the NREMT and many states because they provide synchronous interaction between students and instructor, the CE provider is able to verify student attendance throughout the activity, and each topic requires that the student make a satisfactory score on the summative exam for each topic presented. The course number for a VILT activity must contain an F5 designation.” –CAPCE Accredidation Guidebook