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EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION & RENEWAL

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How Do I Become Certified? | Application Forms & Fees | Certification Policy | FAQs

HOW DO I BECOME CERTIFIED?


Initial Certification: If the applicant is applying for certification for the first time, the following must be submitted to the EMS Agency:
  1. EMT Certification Application.
  2. Copy of EMT course completion certificate.
  3. Copy of National Registry card.
  4. Copy of National Registry Certificate.
  5. A copy (front and back) of your current CPR card for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider issued from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or another program approved by the EMS Agency.
  6. Copy of a valid state or federal ID.
  7. Application fee.
  8. State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Live Scan Background Check (must be completed no more than 90 days prior to submission of your Application).
Reciprocity Certification: If the applicant is certified in another county and would like to change their certification to San Joaquin County, the following must be submitted to the EMS Agency:

NOTE: You may only have one valid EMT Certification at a time in California.  

  1. EMT Certification Application.
  2. Copy of valid EMT certificate.
  3. A copy (front and back) of your current CPR card for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider issued from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or another program approved by the EMS Agency.
  4. Copy of a valid state or federal ID.
  5. Application fee. (Initial Rate)
  6. State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Live Scan Background Check (must be completed no more than 90 days prior to submission of your Application).
  7. Copy of 24 hours of EMS continuing education certificate(s). Note: At least fifty percent of the required CE hours must be instructor-based format.
  8. Completed original EMT Skills Competency Verification Form (EMSA-SCV (01/17)).
Renewal: If the applicant is renewing, the following must be submitted to the EMS Agency:
  1. EMT Certification Application.
  2. Copy of 24 hours of EMS continuing education certificate(s). Note: At least fifty percent of the required CE hours must be instructor-based format.
  3. Completed original EMT Skills Competency Verification Form (EMSA-SCV (01/17)).
  4. A copy (front and back) of your current CPR card for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider issued from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or another program approved by the EMS Agency.
  5. Copy of a valid state or federal ID.
  6. Application fee.
  7. If the applicant does not already have a State of California Department of Justice Live Scan Background Check on file for the EMS Agency, the applicant must obtain one that includes the FBI Live Scan Background Check.
  8. Renewal of EMT Certification after July 1, 2019
    • EMT applicants renewing after July 1, 2019 will need to submit a continuing education certificate or training certificate from an approved training program or continuing education provider for the following three (3) modalities:
    1. Administration of naloxone.
    2. Administration of epinephrine by auto-injector.
    3. Use of a glucometer.
    • The training shall meet the requirements of California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Section 100075.
Note: Only original, complete, legible applications will be accepted.

APPLICATION FORMS & FEES


Application and Related Forms

During the COVID-19 pandemic: All EMS personnel who must submit an initial or renewal personnel application are encouraged to submit their applications via mail. You may send the applications to PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231. No visitors will be allowed. Personnel wishing to submit an application in person will need to make an appointment prior to arrival by calling 209-468-6818 effective immediately.

* Live Scans processed more than 90 days in advance of submitting the EMT Certification Application will have to be repeated at the applicant's cost.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee:

$217.00* (effective July 1, 2020)
Renewal $179.00* (effective July 1, 2020)

Late Fee: $47.00 (effective July 1, 2020) for an application submitted after lapse
Replacement Card: $26.00 (effective July 1, 2020)


* This fee includes an $142 county fee and additional fees imposed by the State of California as follows:

  • CCR, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 10 §100345 (a) (1): “$75 per initial EMT or per an applicant whose criminal background check from the DOJ is no longer active.”
  • CCR, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 10 §100345 (a) (2): “$37 per EMT or Advanced EMT certification renewal.”

Acceptable payment methods are cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or money order. Personal checks are not accepted. We strongly discourage sending cash by mail.

CERTIFICATION POLICY


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: How old do I have to be to become a certified EMT?

You must be eighteen years of age or older.


Q: Can I become certified if my EMT has expired?

Yes, but requirements vary as follows depending on the length of the lapse period:
  • If the applicant's certification has lapsed less than 6 months, the applicant must submit all the items required for renewal along with the late fee. Please note: If the lapse is more than 90 days the applicant must complete an State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Live Scan Background Check submitted using the Live Scan Request Form above no sooner than within the last 90 days prior to submission of the application.  Additionally, they must pay the late fee.
  • If the applicant's certification has lapsed beyond 6 months BUT less than 12 months the applicant must submit all items required for renewal plus 12 additional hours of EMS Continuing Education (for a total of 36 hours of CE completed within the last 24 months). In addition, the applicant must complete an State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Live Scan Background Check submitted using the Live Scan Request Form above no sooner than within the last 90 days prior to submission of the application.  Additionally, they must pay the late fee.
  • If the applicant's certification lapsed beyond 12 months the applicant must submit all items required for renewal plus 24 additional hours of EMS Continuing Education (for a total of 48 hours of CE completed within the last 24 months) and proof of passing the written and skills examination required for initial certification (National Registry). In addition, the applicant must complete an State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Live Scan Background Check submitted using the Live Scan Request Form above no sooner than within the last 90 days prior to submission of the application.  Additionally, they must pay the initial fee.
Q: Why do I need to print 3 copies of the Live Scan Request Form?

You need 3 copies for distribution as follows:
  1. Live Scan Operator
  2. San Joaquin County EMS Agency
  3. Your copy

The copy you give to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency and the copy you keep for yourself can be used to track what happens if your Live Scan fails to be processed.

Q: Where can I have my live scan finger printing done?

You can have your live scan done anywhere that does live scan finger printing but you must make sure to use our Live Scan Request Form above. Check the DOJ website for live scan locations at https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations?county=San%20Joaquin.

Q: Can I fax in my application?

No. You may bring your application in or mail it in, but it must have original signatures.

Q: Do I have to use the new EMT Skills Competency Verification Form (EMSA-SCV (01/17)) skill sheet?

Yes. Applicants for EMT certification renewal are required to submit the revised EMT Skills Competency Verification Form (EMSA-SCV (01/17)) for all skills verified on or after July 1, 2017. However, renewal applicants that have had one or more of their skills verified prior to July 1, 2017, may submit the previous version of the EMT Skills Verification Form.

Q: Are renewal applicants required to demonstrate skills competency in the administration of naloxone and epinephrine?

Yes, starting January 1, 2018. The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is working with BLS departments and training programs to implement training and testing on these modalities. It is anticipated that this training will be completed by January 1, 2018.

Q: If I had my EMT Skills Competency Verification form completed by June 30, 2017, can I still submit it on the EMT Skills Competency Verification Form (EMSA-SCV (08/10))?

Yes, if your EMT skills competency were verified on the EMT Skills Competency Verification Form (EMSA-SCV (08/10)) on or prior to June 30, 2017, the form may be submitted for certification renewal as long as the verification was completed within your certification period. EMT Skills Competency Verifications are valid for a maximum of two (2) years; therefore, form EMSA-SCV (08/10) will not be valid after June 30, 2019.

Q: Are all EMTs authorized to administer epinephrine and naloxone?

No. EMTs and BLS departments may not use these modalities until specifically approved to do so by the San Joaquin County EMS Agency

Q: Can I use college course in place of EMS continuing education?

College courses in physical, social, or behavioral sciences, may be used in place of EMS continuing education, if they have been completed with an accredited college. An original copy of the official transcripts shall be submitted with your application packet. 10 hours of continuing education hours (CEH) are awarded for each academic quarter unit or fifteen (CEH) are awarded for each academic semester unit.

Q: What does instructor-based EMS continuing education mean?

Instructor based means that instructor resources are readily available to the student to answer questions, provide feedback, provide clarification, and address concerns (e.g., on-line CE courses where an instructor is available to the student, in person classroom courses).  CCR, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 11, §100391.1(a)(9)

Q:How do I know when you receive my live scan results?

A: You can check the status of your live scan online at https://applicantstatus.doj.ca.gov/. You will need the ATI number and your date of birth. The ATI number can be found on the bottom of the request for live scan service form provided by the live scan operator.