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EMT Certification/Recertification Process


Effective January 1, 2005




Initial Certification

The following requirements apply to all applicants who have never been certified as an EMT-I in California:

  1. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  2. Provide a current photo ID (CA drivers license, CA ID card or passport).
  3. Provide an EMT-I course completion record from an approved EMT-I training program.
  4. Provide documentation of successful completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written exam within the past two (2) years.
  5. Provide a valid and current CPR card.
  6. Apply for certification within two (2) years of the date of course completion.
  7. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I Certification application (33k PDF, 1p.).
  8. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check (399k PDF, 1p.). PRINT THREE (3) COPIES OF THE FORM and take them with you to your LiveScan appointment. LiveScan Form instructions (19k PDF, 1p.)
  9. Pay the established certification application fee (21k PDF, 1p.).

Upon completion of #1-9 above, and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from certification for reasons defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician for a period of two (2) years from the last day of the month in which the certification process was completed. This certification is valid throughout the State of California.

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

Out-of-State/Expired Certification

The following requirements apply to all applicants who have a valid and current National Registry EMT-I(B), EMT-II(Intermediate), Paramedic or out-of-state EMT-I certification:
  1. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  2. Provide a current photo ID (CA drivers license, CA ID card or passport).
  3. Provide documentation of out-of-state or National Registry certification.
  4. Provide an EMT-I course completion record from an approved EMT-I training program.
  5. Provide documentation of successful completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written exam within the past two (2) years (if not currently certified by the National Registry.
  6. Provide a valid and current CPR card.
  7. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I Certification application (33k PDF, 1p.).
  8. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check (76k PDF, 1p.), 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 (19k PDF, 1p.)
  9. Pay the established certification application fee (21k PDF, 1p.).

Upon completion of #1-9 above, and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from certification for reasons defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. The expiration date shall be the same date as stated on the out-of-state or National Registry certification. 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 EMT-I certificate issued in California.
  2. Provide a valid and current CPR card.
  3. Successfully complete an approved EMT-I twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the two (2) year certification period.
    - OR -
    Provide documentation verifying completion of a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of approved BLS continuing education within the two (2) year certification period.
  4. Submit a completed skills compentency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 07/03).
  5. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I Certification application (33k PDF, 1p.).
  6. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check (76k PDF, 1p.), 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 (19k PDF, 1p.)
  7. Pay the established recertification application fee (21k PDF, 1p.).

Upon completion of #1-7 above, and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from certification for reasons defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be recertified as an Emergency Medical Technician for a maximum of two (2) years from the last day of the month in which the certification requirements were completed. 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-I recertification whose EMT-I or EMT-II certificate or Paramedic license has lapsed shall meet the following requirements:

For a lapse of less than six (6) months:
  1. Provide a copy of the expired certificate or license
  2. Successfully complete an approved EMT-I twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the prior two (2) year period.
    - OR -
    Provide documentation verifying completion of a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of approved BLS continuing education within the prior two (2) year period.
  3. Provide a valid and current CPR card.
  4. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 07/03).
  5. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I certification application (33k PDF, 1p.).
  6. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check (76k PDF, 1p.), 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 (19k PDF, 1p.)
  7. Pay the established recertification application fee (21k PDF, 1p.).
For a lapse of six (6) months or more, but less than twelve (12) months:
  1. Provide a copy of the expired certificate or license
  2. Successfully complete an approved EMT-I twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the prior two (2) year period.
    - OR -
    Provide documentation 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. Provide a valid and current CPR card.
  5. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 07/03).
  6. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I certification application (33k PDF, 1p.).
  7. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check (76k PDF, 1p.), 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 (19k PDF, 1p.)
  8. Pay the established recertification application fee (21k PDF, 1p.).
For a lapse of twelve (12) months or more, but less than twenty four (24) months:
  1. Provide a copy of the expired certificate or license
  2. Successfully complete an approved EMT-I twenty four (24) hour refresher course within the prior two (2) year period.
  3. Provide documentation of 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 exam within the past two (2) years.
  5. Provide a valid and current CPR card.
  6. Submit a completed skills competency verification form, (EMSA-SCV 07/03).
  7. Complete a Contra Costa County EMT-I certification application (33k PDF, 1p.).
  8. Complete a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check (76k PDF, 1p.), 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 (19k PDF, 1p.)
  9. Pay the established recertification application fee (21k PDF, 1p.).
For a lapse of twenty four (24) months or more, complete an entire EMT-I basic course.

Upon completion of the appropriate requirements listed above, and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from certification for reasons defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual shall be recertified as an Emergency Medical Technician for a maximum of two (2) years from the last day of the month in which the certification requirements were completed.

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