EMT CERTIFICATION

Please note: The EMS Agency will only accept a money order, cashier’s check, online payment or department PO for EMT certification, recertification, or paramedic accreditation. We can not accept personal checks or cash.

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

  1. Be 18 years of age.
  2. Apply for certification within two years of EMT course completion.
  3. Complete an Alameda County EMT Certification Application.
  4. Submit a copy of your course completion certificate from an EMT training program. Out-of-state applicants see Section 3. Listing of national accreditation by CECBEMS.
  5. Submit a copy of your current NREMT card and your NREMT certificate.
  6. Submit a copy of your California Department of Justice and FBI Live Scan background report.
  7. Submit a copy of a photo ID: current driver’s license, ID card, or valid military ID card.
  8. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $140 .00 by money order, cashier’s check or online payment. The application fee includes $ 65 .00 for Alameda County EMS and $75.00 for the state’s Emergency Medical Services Authority.
  9. An EMT certificate will be issued upon successful completion of these steps. The expiration date shall be two years from the date of your passing the NREMT exam. An EMT certificate issued by Alameda County EMS is valid statewide.
  10. Duplicate Card Fee of $30 is required before a duplicate card request is processed. You can pay by money order, cashier’s check or online payment.

BACKGROUND CHECK INFO

Download Live Scan Form

Print 2 copies, one for the live scan agency and one to send to the EMS Agency with your application

FORM INSTRUCTIONS LIVE SCAN LOCATIONS

RE-CERTIFICATION

  1. Possess a current California EMT certificate or National Registry EMT certificate
  2. Complete an Alameda County EMT Recertification Application.
  3. Submit documentation of successful completion, every two years, of a skills competency verification test.
  4. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $102.00 by money order, cashier’s check or online payment. The application fee includes $45.00 for Alameda County EMS and $37.00 for the state’s Emergency Medical Services Authority.
  5. A new EMT certificate will be issued upon successful completion of these steps. An individual may apply for recertification:
    • Within six months before the current certificate expires. The new expiration date will be two years from the current expiration date.
    • More than six months before the current certificate expires. The new expiration date will be two years from the last day of the month the requirements are met.

SKILLS COMPETENCY

  • Skills testing at the completion of a 24-hour refresher class, or
  • Skills testing at an EMT Training Program.
  • Skills testing by an employer approved trainer.
CECBEMS Educational Providers Skills Verification Sheet

LAPSED CERTIFICATION

An individual may not work as an EMT or represent him/herself as an EMT with a lapsed certificate. There are no extensions. Once a certificate has expired, an individual will need to:

  • For a card expired six months or less, complete 24 hours of continuing education plus the skills competency verification test
  • For a card expired more than six months but less than a year, complete 36 hours of continuing education plus the skills competency verification test
  • For a card expired for more than one year but less than two years, complete 48 hours of CE plus the written NREMT exam and a skills competency verification test – and redo your Live Scan, which will include both California Department of Justice and FBI reports.
  • For a card expired two years or more, retake an entire EMT course.

SKILLS COMPETENCY

  • Skills testing at the completion of a 24-hour refresher class, or
  • Skills testing at an EMT Training Program.
  • Skills testing by an employer approved trainer.
CECBEMS Educational Providers Skills Verification Sheet NREMT Link