Emergency Medical Services Training Classes

"Continuing Education" means the courses do not earn college credit. Most people take continuing education courses to earn a state credential such as EMT or Firefighter certification. The EMS Continuing Education department offers non-credit EMS certification courses in a variety of formats. Some of the advanced-level courses are taught in tandem with the EMS degree program, meaning non-credit students are in the same class as degree-seeking students.

Use the menus below to see the latest schedules and contact the coordinator for more details.


The EMS CE Department is located at A-B Tech Woodfin

EMS Mailing Address:
A-B Tech Woodfin
EMS Continuing Education
24 Canoe Lane
Asheville, NC 28804


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EMS Training Classes and Information

Course titles appearing below are linked to detailed descriptions. Call or email us for more information about upcoming classes!

Check the Facebook page "Buncombe County Fire & Rescue Training" for updated schedules.

To register for one of the above course(s), please write down the Course ID # listed on the flyer. Select the "Online Registration Button" below, login to the secure system, complete your information, and enter the Course ID number. If you are not fee-exempt, you may pay with an American Express, Visa, or MasterCard. Fee Exempt personnel should select the "I am exempt from paying" button and list your place of employment if you qualify. Please note that all fee-exempt applicants are verified.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact Whitney Al-Khatib at whitneyjalkhatib@abtech.edu.

EMS Con-Ed Registration Form - The form is in a fillable format. Please fill out the form in its entirety, right-click, save-as, and then attach it to an email. A typed signature is acceptable.

Justyn Whitson at justynlwhitson@abtech.edu or call (828) 782-2624.

Where are EMT-Initial Certification courses offered?

  • The traditional face-to-face course is offered at A-B Tech Woodfin on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with occasional Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The traditional face-to-face course is offered at the A-B Tech Madison on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with occasional Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


How many hours does the traditional face-to-face course consist of?

  • 200 hours of didactic (face-to-face class time) time and skills instruction with practice.
  • 48 hours of clinical observation time ride time on an EMS ambulance.


What are the prerequisites to be eligible to register for the EMT-Initial Certification Course?

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Either a successful completion of a college-level English course OR successful completion of the TABE test. (TABE tests are administered at both A-B Tech Woodfin and A-B Tech Madison Locations.

For more information to schedule TABE tests, contact:


What is a TABE test?

  • The TABE test is a 25-minute timed test that consists of 25 reading comprehension English examination questions that test at the 11th grade High School Level.


Are there background checks for entry into the class?

  • While there are no background checks performed to register for the course, all students will be required to submit a background check through Wolfe One, prior to entry into the clinical observational field. Clinicals are a mandatory component of the EMT Initial Certification Course.


What are the typical costs of the EMT Initial Certification Course?

  • Registration Fee: $211.35
  • Textbook: $150.00
  • Lab Book (Optional) $100.00
  • CPR Card $ 10.00
  • Clinical Uniform $100.00 (Monogrammed Polo shirt and EMS Tactical Pants)


Are there grants for student financial assistance available?

  • All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. To be eligible for applying students must successfully pass the TABE test OR provide an official college transcript showing proof of successful completion of a college-level English course.
  • To apply for aid:
    • Aid must be applied for no later than FIVE days before the start of class.
    • For any assistance with applying for grant funding please contact Samantha Justice at (828) 398-7226 or email at samantharjustice@abtech.edu.


Who can answer questions I may have?

For more information or to register for classes, please contact Tim Green at timothywgreen@abtech.edu.