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Licensing

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians

Paramedic Candidates 

Effective January 1, 2016, paramedic candidates will take the NREMT exam to gain Florida certification.

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Allergy Treatment
  • Exam and Fees
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 within two years of passing the examination. You must submit a copy of the course completion certificate. If your course was taken more than two years before you passed the examination it will not be accepted;;
      or
    • Out-of-State Trained - You must submit proof of current NREMT certification.
    • 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 64J-2.038, Florida Administrative Code.
Note: The copy must be of both sides.
  • Florida Trained applicants that have not passed the NREMT, but apply to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) at www.nremt.org to take the examination. 
  • Applicants that were not trained in Florida and do no hold a current NREMT certification must also apply to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) at www.nremt.org to take the examination.

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, if all other licensure requirements are met.

Florida trained applicants must pass the required examination within two years of the course completion date. If the applicant is unsuccessful in passing the exam during the above mentioned timeframe, the applicant will be required to retake his or her training course.

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.
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 a paramedic course from a Florida Department of Health approved program within two years of passing the examination. You must submit a copy of the course completion certificate. If your course was taken more than two years before you passed the examination it will not be accepted; or
    • Out of State Certification – You must submit proof of current NREMT certification. 
    • 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  and has successfully completed an advance cardiac life support course. 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 equivalent certification from an organization (pdf) approved by the Bureau of EMS department pursuant to 64E-2.038, Florida Administrative Code. Note: The copy must be of both sides with a signature.
    • Apply online
ADA Accommodations
If you need special testing accommodations for the EMT exam please contact the NREMT at (614) 888-4484.

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.
All EMT and Paramedic certification applicants must take and pass the required examination to become Florida certified. Both exams are computer based. The required EMT and Paramedic exam is developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Prior to receiving Florida certification, each applicant must pass the Florida approved examination. Out–of-state trained applicants and military trained applicants must first apply to Florida and receive eligibility before taking the Florida Basic Assessment exam with the NREMT.
  • 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 who received their training at a Florida approved Paramedic program will take the NREMT Certification Examination.
    Paramedic 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

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 $110.00 (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.