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How Do I Become Authorized? | Application Forms | Authorization Policy | Preceptor Conferences

Effective January 1, 2011, all paramedic preceptors in San Joaquin County must be authorized by San Joaquin County EMS Agency.


Initial Authorization - Applications accepted July 1 thru July 31 each year. *
  1. Complete the Paramedic Preceptor Application.
  2. Letter of recommendation from ALS employer, verifying the applicant is in good standing;
  3. History of having worked full-time providing patient care in San Joaquin County for the previous three (3) years;
  4. Paramedic licensure/accreditation in good standing;
  5. Be currently employed by an approved San Joaquin County ALS emergency ambulance provider or ALS public safety provider;
  6. No pending disciplinary or clinical actions against accreditation, licensure, or employment;
  7. No disciplinary or clinical actions against accreditation or licensure in the past 24 months;
  8. Complete interview with EMS Agency Preceptor Approval Board and receive a positive recommendation.
  9. Complete the San Joaquin County EMS Agency Paramedic Preceptor Training course which includes successfully pass with a score of 80% or higher with a closed book examination of the San Joaquin County policies and procedures.
  10. Preceptor authorization shall be issued for a four (4) year term and will expire October 31st of that term.
  11. * Due to system needs, paramedic preceptor applications are now open for submission until March 10, 2020.

Maintenance of Authorization

  1. Preceptor Authorization shall be invalid if a lapse in Paramedic Accreditation occurs.
  2. Attend one preceptor conference each year of the authorization term. Failure to participate in preceptor conferences shall automatically revoke preceptor authorization.
  3. Preceptor authorization shall automatically be suspended if an investigation which could lead to disciplinary action or clinical remediation is undertaken, for any reason, against the license or accreditation of the paramedic preceptor by the employer, the EMS Agency, or the EMS Authority. Following the conclusion of such an investigation the EMS Agency may revoke or reinstate the preceptor's authorization.


Note: Only original, complete, legible applications will be accepted. Application and Related Forms

Paramedic Preceptor Application (PDF)


View the Paramedic Preceptor Policy >>


Conferences are offered to maintain paramedic preceptor authorization. The conferences are open to current Paramedic Preceptors and offered at no cost. Attending one conference per year is required to maintain a Paramedic Preceptor Authorization. The format is round table discussion and will include the following topics: best practices, evaluation & remediation, communication, roles & responsibilities, and reportable offenses.

2020 Schedule

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Monday, September 21, 2020
  • Friday, October 16, 2020

Up to two (2) hours of instructor-based EMS CE will be awarded to participants by San Joaquin County EMS Agency, CA EMS CE Provider 39-0001. Register here. View the information flyer.