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EMT Certification & Recertification Process



Initial Cert.
Maintaining Cert.
Lapsed Cert.
  • Initial Certification

    The following requirements apply to all applicants who have never been certified through Contra Costa County as an EMT in California:

    1. Meet one of the following criteria:
      1. Pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written and skills examinations AND have either:
        1. A valid EMT course completion record from a California-approved initial EMT course within the past two (2) years
        2. Documentation of successful completion of an approved out-of-state initial EMT training course, within the last two (2) years , that meets the requirements for a California EMT training program, or
        3. A current and valid out-of-state EMT certificate.
      2. Possess a current and valid National Registry EMT registration certificate
      3. Possess a current and valid out-of-state or National Registry Advanced EMT (EMT-Intermediate) or Paramedic certificate.
      4. Possess a current and valid California Advanced EMT or EMT-II certification or a current and valid California Paramedic license.
    2. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
    3. Provide a current photo ID (CA drivers license, CA ID card or passport).
    4. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT Certification application.
    5. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check. Print three (3) copies of the form and take them with you to your LiveScan appointment.
      1. LiveScan locations
      2. LiveScan Form instructions
    6. Pay the established certification application fee.

    Upon completion of #1-6 above, and confirmation that the applicant meets all the criteria specified in Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Article 4 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. This certification is valid throughout the State of California.

    Certification cards will be mailed to applicants following verification of documentation submitted with application.

  • Maintaining EMT-I Certification

    To maintain certification, all candidates shall meet the following requirements and provide documentation to the EMS Agency:

    1. Possess a valid and current California EMT certificate issued through Contra Costa County (if your current EMT certification was issued through another County, please refer to the "Initial Certification" tab).
    2. Successfully complete an approved EMT twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the two (2) year certification period.
      - OR -
      Complete the Statement of Continuing Education included with the application verifying completion of a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of approved prehospital continuing education within the two (2) year certification period.
      1. Continuing Education hours must be from one of the following:
        1. an approved California Prehospital Continuing Education Provider
        2. an approved Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) provider
        3. college courses in physical, social or behavioral sciences (e.g., anatomy, physiology, sociology, psychology) – copy of official transcript required
    3. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 8/10)—(Instructions).
    4. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I Certification application.
    5. Pay the established recertification application fee.

    Upon completion of #1-5 above, and confirmation that the applicant meets all the criteria specified in Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Article 5 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be recertified as an Emergency Medical Technician. This certification is valid throughout the State of California.

    If the recertification requirements were met within six (6) months prior to the expiration date, the effective date of the certification shall be the expiration date of the current certification.

    Certification cards will be mailed to applicants following verification of documentation submitted with application.

  • Recertification After Lapse In Certification

    All candidates for EMT recertification whose EMT certificate has lapsed shall meet the following requirements.

    For a lapse of less than six (6) months:
    1. Provide a copy of the expired certificate
    2. Successfully complete an approved EMT twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the prior two (2) year period.
      - OR -
      Complete the Statement of Continuing Education included with the application verifying completion of a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of approved prehospital continuing education within the prior two (2) year period.
    3. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 8/10)—(Instructions).
    4. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT certification application.
    5. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, if not already completed through Contra Costa EMS. Print three (3) copies of the form and take them with you to your LiveScan appointment. LiveScan Form instructions
    6. Pay the established recertification application fee.

    For a lapse of six (6) months or more, but less than twelve (12) months:
    1. Provide a copy of the expired certificate
    2. Successfully complete an approved EMT twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the prior two (2) year period.
      - OR -
      Complete the Statement of Continuing Education included with the application verifying completion of a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of approved BLS continuing education within the prior two (2) year period.
    3. Provide documentation of an additional twelve (12) hours of continuing education for a total of thirty six (36) hours.
    4. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 8/10)—(Instructions).
    5. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT certification application.
    6. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, if not already completed through Contra Costa EMS. Print three (3) copies of the form and take them with you to your LiveScan appointment. LiveScan Form instructions
    7. Pay the established recertification application fee.

    For a lapse of twelve (12) months or more, but less than twenty four (24) months:
    1. Provide a copy of the expired certificate
    2. Successfully complete an approved EMT twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the prior two (2) year period.
    3. Complete the Statement of Continuing Education included with the application for an additional twenty four (24) hours of continuing education for a total forty eight (48) hours.
    4. Provide documentation of successful completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written and skills exam within the past two (2) years.
    5. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 8/10)—(Instructions).
    6. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT certification application.
    7. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check. Print three (3) copies of the form and take them with you to your LiveScan appointment. LiveScan Form instructions
    8. Pay the established initial certification application fee.

    For a lapse of twenty four (24) months or more:
    1. Complete an entire EMT training course.

    Upon completion of the appropriate requirements listed above, and confirmation that the applicant meets all the criteria specified in Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Article 5 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be recertified as an Emergency Medical Technician. This certification is valid throughout the State of California.

    Certification cards will be mailed to applicants following verification of documentation submitted with application.