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.
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 continuing education courses are held on the web in a webinar-style environment. You are attending a course in real-time with an instructor at a scheduled time. Courses contain interactive polling questions which must be answered to show your proof of attendance. There is a chat feature as well to interact with other attendees and ask questions throughout the class, share stories, and elaborate on learning objectives.