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Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

The provision of emergency medical services saves lives and reduces disabilities associated with illness and injury. The profession of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians was legislatively established to ensure that every Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician practicing in this state meets minimum requirements for safe practice. The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance is responsible for certifying Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians to ensure competency and safety to practice.

EMT/Paramedic Certification Unit Information for Evacuees from Puerto Rico

The EMT/Paramedic Certification Unit provides the following information to assist individuals from Puerto Rico who are seeking to work in Florida:

If the school you attended is located outside of the United States, or a US Territory, the school must be approved by the Department of Education or an equivalent licensing authority in the country in which it is located. Transcripts and supplemental education documents should be translated into English by a translation service or credentialing company. You may visit to locate a translating service.

Information for Florida-trained Paramedics Regarding Examination Options Effective August 1, 2016

Florida-Trained Paramedic Applicants:

Florida trained applicants for paramedic certification must pass one the state’s approved examinations within two years of completion of your training program. There are two options to satisfy this requirement as outlined below:

NREMT Examination: You may elect to take the NREMT examination. If you choose this option, you do not need to apply to the Department of Health for an Authorization to Test. You may schedule your examination directly with the NREMT.

Please note that you will still need to submit an application for certification along with your application fee before you may receive your state certification. If you do not pass the NREMT examination, you are not required to apply to the Department to retake the examination.

Florida Examination: You may elect to take the Florida examination offered through Prometric. If you choose this option, you will not be able to sit for the examination without first applying to the Department of Health and receiving an Authorization to Test. If you do not pass the examination, you must reapply to the Department and you may not retake the examination until you receive an Authorization to Test. You must pay your examination fee directly to Prometric.

January 1, 2015 Authorizations to Test (ATT)

Effective January 1, 2015, Authorizations to Test (ATT) for National EMS Certification will be valid for up to 90 days from the date of issuance, provided all other requirements for National EMS Certification are met. 

What this means: 

An "Authorization to Test," (ATT) declares a candidate eligible to take an NREMT exam within 90 days of issuance. The following must occur before an ATT is generated: 

  1. The candidate must create and complete an application
  2. The program director (and/or State Director if applicable) must sign off on the application indicating completion of course
  3. The candidate must pay for the exam

With the implementation of this new policy, candidates who do not complete their cognitive examination prior to the expiration date will be required to complete a new application, including payment of the application fee. No refunds will be issued for an expired ATT.

HB 941: Department of Health
Section 9 - EMT/Paramedic Certification

During the 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 941 passed and became law on April 14, 2016 as Chapter 2016-230, Laws of Florida. On July 1, 2016, emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic certificates that are not renewed at the end of the two-year active period will automatically revert to an inactive status for no longer than four years (two licensure cycles). The certificate may be reactivated and renewed during this time if the certificate holder meets all other qualifications for renewal, including continuing education requirements, and pays a $25 late fee. Additionally, the certificate holder must pass the certification examination in order to reactivate the license after two years of remaining in inactive status.

Effective July 1, 2016, there will be major changes with regard to applicants who received their training outside of the state of Florida or in the military. Beginning, July 1, 2016, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics that hold a current NREMT certification will no longer be required to apply to the Department of Health to take the Florida examination. The applicant will only need to present evidence of current NREMT certification to apply for certification in Florida.

Effective July 1, 2016, an applicant that has been working in the military as an EMT or Paramedic and who holds a current NREMT certification is eligible to apply for a certification under the VALOR program. In order to qualify, the applicant must be honorably discharged within six months of the application or have been honorably discharged within six months of the application. The application and additional information is available on this website by clicking on the Armed Forces Licensing “VALOR” icon.

Florida’s Healthy Promise Campaign

Healthy Promise Florida is a campaign sponsored by the Florida Department of Health to encourage residents in Florida to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living this year. Learn more about the Healthy Promise Campaign.

Information on Ebola Virus Disease Documents

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). In the event that a patient with EVD is diagnosed in Florida, the Florida Department of Health will collaborate with health care partners to ensure appropriate patient care, protocols for isolation, infection control and the assessment of risk to relevant individuals. 

For further information on the Ebola Virus Disease visit the Department of Health’s online newsroom or website.