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  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Allergy Treatment
  • Exam and Fees

Emergency Medical Technician

To be eligible for Florida EMT certification, an applicant must:
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit proof to the Certification Unit of meeting the required professional education in one of the four following ways:
    • Florida Training - Successful completion of EMT course from a Florida Department of Health approved program listed on CE Broker within the previous two years. You must submit a copy of the course completion certificate, if your course was taken more than two years ago it will not be accepted;
      or
    • Out of State Certification - An EMT certificate from another US state, territory, or possession, or from a military service may be recognized as a professional education equivalent, provided the certificate is current and in Good Standing (pdf) and proof of completion of EMT course;
    • National Registration - An EMT registration from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians can be recognized as a professional education equivalent, provided the certificate is current and in Good Standing. This type of certification is recognized for individuals who have taken an EMT or paramedic course while serving with the military. You are required to submit a copy of your National Registry certificate;
    • FL Paramedic Certification - 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.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to the Certification Unit:
    • An American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer card;
    • or
    • An American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider;
    • or
    • A CPR equivalent certification from an organization approved by the Bureau of EMS pursuant to 64E-2.038, Florida Administrative Code.
Note: The copy must be of both sides with a signature.
  • Apply to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) at www.nremt.org
    • a. Graduates of Florida programs will apply for certification
    • b. All others will apply for assessment for Florida.

ADA Accommodations
If you need special testing accommodations for the EMT exam please contact the NREMT at (614) 888-4484.

Your scores will be available online within 7 - 14 days of your test date. No scores are mailed. Your license will be issued within 30 days of the receipt of a passing score.

Florida trained applicants must pass the required examination within two years of the course completion date. Out of state applicants must pass the examination within two years after the date of receipt of the application. If the applicant is unsuccessful in passing the exam during the above mentioned timeframes, the applicant must submit a new application, meet all eligibility requirements, and submit all fees to reestablish eligibility to take the certification examination. You cannot reapply using the online application. If you need to reapply you must download the application (pdf) from the website.

Criminal History Information
Felony Status - If you have been convicted or pled no contest, regardless of adjudication, to a felony charge, you are required to submit certified documentation of the date, location, facts, disposition of each charge, and, as applicable, documentation of the status of your civil rights after the felony conviction. You must submit a copy of the disposition, sentence, arrest warrant, and judgment of each felony, all probation documents, any documents that are relevant to each felony, and your explanation of the offense(s) and any other arrests. You may 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.

Paramedic

Keep a copy of the completed application documents for your records.
It is recommended that you use the following checklist to help ensure that your application is complete. Failure to attach any required document, or to have required documentation sent to the board, will result in an incomplete application. Final approval cannot be granted until the application is complete. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) & Paramedic Certification Application
  • Social Security Form
  • Submit proof to the Certification Unit of meeting the required professional education in one of the four following ways:
    • Florida Training - Successful completion of Paramedic course from a Florida Department of Health approved program (pdf) within the previous two years. You must submit a copy of the course completion certificate, if your course was taken more than two years ago it will not be accepted; or
    • Out of State Certification – A paramedic certificate from another US state, territory, or possession, or from a military service may be recognized as a professional education equivalent, provided the certificate is current and in Good Standing (pdf) and proof of completion of a paramedic course; or
    • National Registration – A paramedic registration from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians can be recognized as a professional education equivalent, provided the certificate is current and in Good Standing. This type of certification is recognized for individuals who have taken a paramedic course while serving with the military. You are required to submit a copy of your National Registry certificate; or
    • Health Professional Licensure – A Florida licensed physician, physician assistant, dentist, or registered 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 must indicate your current EMT certificate number for us to verify your certification and standing.
  • ACLS for Professional Rescuer card (Paramedic)
    • Submit a copy of one of the following to the Certification Unit American Heart Association ACLS card; or
    • A CPR equivalent certification from an organization (pdf) approved by the Bureau of EMS pursuant to 64E-2.038, Florida Administrative Code. Note: The copy must be of both sides with a signature.
    • Apply online
ADA Accommodations
Special testing accommodations for paramedics may be requested.

Emergency Allergy Treatment

Requirements for Certification and Recertification

You must:
  • Be 18 years of age or older:
  • Have or reasonably expect to have as a result of occupation or volunteer status, responsibility for at least one other person who has severe adverse reactions to insect stings; and
  • Successfully complete, within the previous 2 years, a training program that meets the requirements listed below.
  • Complete both pages of the application.


Training Requirements
You must successfully complete a training program from a nationally recognized organization (American Red Cross) experienced in training laypersons in emergency health treatment or a provider approved by the Department of Health.

Fees
The fee for initial certification or renewal is $25. You may apply online at www.flhealthsource.gov or mail your application and a cashier’s check or money order payable to the Department of Health. Fees are not refundable.

Please mail completed application and fee to:

Department of Health
EMT/PMD/Rad Tech Certification Office
PO Box 6330
Tallahassee FL 32314-6330

Recertification Certificates
All certificates expire on March 1 of each odd-numbered year (2015, 2017). A renewal notice will be mailed to your address of record approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date.

Exam and Fees

All EMT and Paramedic certification applicants must take and pass the state required examination to become Florida certified. Both exams are computer based. The required EMT exam is developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Paramedic examination is state-developed. Prior to receiving Florida certification, each applicant must pass the Florida approved examination. Only exam scores taken after the applicant has applied to Florida and received eligibility will be accepted for Florida Certification.
  • EMT candidates who received their training at a Florida approved EMT program will take the NREMT certification examination.
  • EMT candidates who are currently certified in good standing by another U.S. state or territory or by NREMT will take the NREMT written basic assessment exam
  • Paramedic candidates will take the state-developed examination.

License Fees
Fees must be submitted with your application and request for exam scheduling. Fees are payable to Department of Health or Medical Quality Assurance (MQA). Application fees are non-refundable. A money order or cashier's check should be submitted.

Emergency Medical Technician Fees
Certification Application Fee $35.00
Exam Fee $70.00 (payable to NREMT)
Refresher Equivalent Exam Fee $70.00 (payable to NREMT)

Paramedic Fees
Certification Application Fee $45.00
Exam Fee $40.00 (payable to the vendor)
Refresher Equivalent Exam Fee $40.00 (payable to the vendor)

Make checks or money orders payable to the "Department of Health". Applicants and licensees are responsible for the fees outlined in applicable board or department rule at the time an application is received.