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Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians

Q: Where do I take my paramedic Exam?

A: Register through the NREMT website at www.nremt.org to register, apply and pay for the exam.

Q: If I am a licensed EMT or paramedic in the State of Florida am I required to have the Emergency Allergy Treatment License in order to administer epinephrine using the auto-injector?

A: No, this is covered by your EMT or paramedic license.

Q: How do I become certified in Florida?

A: If you graduated from a Florida EMT or paramedic program, you must have completed the required professional education which includes HIV/AIDS training, hold a current CPR, or ACLS certification at the appropriate level for the certification sought, successfully pass a department approved examination, and paid the applicable fees. You must submit documentation with your application verifying how you have met your training requirements. You must pass the Florida required exam within 2 years of course completion to qualify for certification.

Q: I'm certified in another state, how do I become certified?

A: An EMT or Paramedic who was out-of-state trained or received their training in the military would need to submit evidence of a current NREMT Certification to be licensed.

Q: I did not pass the exam, how do I reapply?

A:You do not need to apply to the Department to sit for the examination. Please contact the NREMT directly.

Q: As a physician, dentist or RN, how do I become certified?

A: A Florida licensed physician, dentist, or nurse may apply for certification as a paramedic and subsequently challenge the paramedic exam, provided he/she holds a Florida EMT certificate which is current and in good standing. You are required to submit a copy of your current Florida license or registration.

Q: If I am a Paramedic, do I need to keep my EMT certificate?

A: No, if you want to keep your EMT certification, you may. A Florida certified paramedic may use his/her paramedic certificate, provided that it is current and in good standing, to satisfy the professional education requirements for certification as an EMT. You must indicate your current paramedic certificate number for us to verify your certification and standing.

Q: If I am a Paramedic, do I need to keep my EMT certificate?

A: No, if you want to keep your EMT certification, you may. A Florida certified paramedic may use his/her paramedic certificate, provided that it is current and in good standing, to satisfy the professional education requirements for certification as an EMT. You must indicate your current paramedic certificate number for us to verify your certification and standing.

Q: What are the CPR requirements?

A: An applicant for EMT certification must hold either an American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer card, an American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider or a CPR equivalent certification from an organization approved by the department pursuant to Rules 64J-1.008(2)(a) and 64J-1.009(2)(a), F.A.C. A signed copy of both sides of the CPR/professional rescuer card must be submitted with your application. Go to CEBroker's website to view a list of approved courses.

Q: Additional documentation requirements for certification?

A: Felony Status - If you have been convicted or pled no contest, regardless of adjudication, to a felony charge, you are required to submit documentation of the date, location, facts, disposition of the charge, and, as applicable, documentation of the status of your civil rights after the felony conviction. You must submit a court certified document of the judgment of each felony, all probation documents, any documents that are relevant to the felony, and your explanation of the offense(s) and any other arrests. Documentation, with the exception of your explanation, must be certified by a court of competent jurisdiction. You may also submit any current letters of recommendation from your employer, probation officer, or other community leaders that you would like to have considered in this review.

Q: Do I need to submit an NREMT application?

A: No.

Q: What are the acceptable methods of payment?

A: Payment may be made by money order or cashiers check made payable to:

Florida Department of Health
Division of Medical Quality Assurance
PO Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6330

Q: How do I obtain a Duplicate certificate?

A: A duplicate may be acquired by logging into online services with your user id and password. Select Duplicate License from the navigation bar located on the left. There is a $10.00 fee associated with this request.

Q: How do I change my address or name?

A: You may change your address by logging into online services with your user id and password. Select Change Address from the navigation bar located on the left.

Q: What about reciprocity with other states?

A: 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.

Q: I have a specific question and cannot locate the answer.

A: Please email your question to MQA.EMT-Paramedics@flhealth.gov

Q: Where can I take continuing education training?

A: Go to CEBrokers website to view a list of approved continuing education course providers. See Rules 64J-1.008(2)(a) and 64J-1.009(2)(a), F.A.C. for more information.

Q: What if I am trained in the military but did not maintain NREMT registration?

A:You must have a current NREMT registration to qualify for “military trained” on the application. If you have not maintained this registration while in the military, you may still qualify for the VALOR expedited licensure process. Please review the VALOR requirements at the following link for more information. www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/armed-forces/index.html

Q: How do I challenge the Prometric exam?

A: 1. The candidate will need to send an email for request/information to FLDOH@Prometic.com to challenge the exam.

2. Prometric will review and respond to the candidate with clarification
/instructions and reviewing information.

3. The candidate should ensure to contact the Prometric Testing Center where he or she took the examination.

4. The candidate should also pay the necessary fee (i.e. - $50.00) directly to Prometric for the post examination review.