EMT Certification and Recertification


Description

​​​​​​​To become a Certified EMT or to recertify an existing EMT Certification follow the below instructions.

To Qualify

*It is the EMTs responsibility to notify the certifying entity of her/his proper and current mailing address and shall notify the certifying entity in writing within thirty (3) calendar days of any and all changes of the mailing address, giving both old and the new address and EMT certification number.
 
Live Scan, Skill Competency  Verification and EMT Supplemental Certification Application, can be found at the bottom of this page.
 
PAPER APPLICATIONS WERE DISCONITNUED EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2015.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM.

​The National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) is a new model for submitting continued education units to the NREMT for renewal of NREMT registration.  Acceptance​ of this model in NO WAY impacts/changes the State requirements for EMT or AEMT renewal.  This model is only for those that want to keep NREMT after receiving State EMT Certification. It is not mandatory to keep NREMT card once State Certified unless a lapse in certification occurs as explained under Certification Reinstatement. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INITIAL EMT APPLICANTS
To be certified as an EMT in the State of California by Sacramento County you must be eighteen (18) years or older and complete and submit the following online (an EMT shall only be certified by ONE (1) certifying entity during a certification period.
  1. Apply online at https://actonline.saccounty.net and register as a new user.  Once you register your account, you will be able to log in and apply for your certification.  Online application instructions found here.​
  2. Upload a current and valid National Registry EMT card and certificate and have either a valid EMT course completion record or documented proof of successful completion of any initial EMT course in the last two (2) years or documentation of an approved out-of-state initial EMT training course, within the last two (2) years that meets the requirements in the State of California Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2​ or a current and valid out-of-state EMT certificate or a current and valid National Registry EMT, Advance EMT or Paramedic registration certificate or possess a current and valid out-of-state Advanced EMT or Paramedic certificate, or a valid California Advanced EMT certificate or a current and valid California Paramedic license.  
  3. Current and valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Provider card meeting 2015 American Heart Association standards or equivalent.  
  4. Government issued photo identification (Drivers License or Passport)
  5. Notice of Disciplinary Causes.
  6. Supplemental Certification Application (If prior convictions) and all documents that pertain to prior conviction(s).
  7. Completed DOJ and FBI Live Scan Request Form, BCII 8016 -  Get Live Scan form here.
  8. Pay the required fees.
Please use the SCEMSA- specific Live Scan form on our website to take to a Live Scan location.
WE DO NOT PERFORM FINGERPRINTING IN OUR OFFICE FOR LIVE SCAN
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If you need assistance with the online process, bring all documents in person to:​

Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SCEMSA)
9616 Micron Avenue, Suite 960
Sacramento, CA 95827
Tuesday-Thursday 0800-1200
 
We will assist  you with your online registration/application and uploading the documents.
 Application approval times vary depending on the Live Scan processing times.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR EMT CERTIFICATION RENEWAL - CURRENT EMTs OR LAPSE OF LESS THAN SIX (6) MONTHS - If you are changing certifying entities you must do a Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Live Scan background check. 
 * EMT renewal requirements can be completed six (6) months prior to the current certification expiration date, without affecting your current expiration. 

To renew as an EMT in the State of California by Sacramento County  you must complete and submit online the following: 
  1. Possess an expired EMT Certification issued in California.
  2. Twenty-four (24) hours of Continuing Education hours or an approved EMT Refresher Course.  Upload CE certificates to application.
  3. Skills competency verification form, EMSA-SCV (07/17), with original signatures. This form MUST be the current 01/17 version to be accepted after July 1, 2017.  Get Skills Competency form here.
  4. Government issued photo identification​.
  5. Current and valid CPR for the Healthcare Provider card or equivalent.
  6. Current or expired (within 6 months) California State EMT card.
  7. Notice of Disciplinary Causes. 
  8. Supplemental Certification Application (If prior convictions) and all documents that pertain to prior conviction(s).
  9.  If you are changing certifying entities you must do a Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Live Scan background check 
  10. Pay the required fees.
INTRUCTIONS FOR EMT CERTIFICATION REINSTATEMENT - SIX (6) TO TWELVE (12) MONTHS LAPSE:
  1. Possess an expired EMT Certification issued in California.
  2. Successful completion of a twenty-four (24) hour refresher course from an approved EMT training program, and twelve (12) hours of continuing education, within the twenty-four (24) months prior to applying for renewal ​OR;
    (a) Thirty-six (36) hours of continuing education, within the twenty-four (24) months prior to applying for recertification/reinstatement, from an approved CE provider  as outlined in the State of California Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 11.​​
  3. Skills competency verification form, EMSA-SCV (07/17), with original signatures. This form MUST be the current 01/17 version to be accepted after July 1, 2017.  Get Skills Competency form here.
  4. Government issued photo identification
  5. Current and valid CPR for the Healthcare Provider card or equivalent.
  6. Notice of Disciplinary Causes. 
  7. Supplemental Certification Application (If prior convictions) and all documents that pertain to prior conviction(s).
  8. Pay the required fees.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EMT REINSTATEMENT - FOR A LAPSE OF TWELVE (12) MONTHS or MORE:
  1. Go online at https://actonline.saccounty.net and applyOnline application instructions found here.
  2. Possess an expired EMT Certification issued in California.
  3. Apply for and receive your National Registry EMT card within two (2) years of the date of application for EMT reinstatement unless you possess a current and valid National Registry EMT, AEMT or paramedic certificate or a current and valid AEMT certificate or paramedic license.
  4. Successful completion of a twenty-four (24) hour refresher course from an approved EMT training program, and twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education, within the last twenty-four (24) months prior to applying for reinstatement OR;
    (a) Forty-eight (48) hours of CE within the last twenty-four (24) months prior to applying for reinstatement, from an approved CE provider as outlined in the State of California Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 11.
  5. Submit to a DOJ and FBI Live Scan background check. Get Live Scan form here.
  6. Skills competency verification form, EMSA-SCV (07/17), with original signatures. This form MUST be the current 01/17 version to be accepted after July 1, 2017.  Get Skills Competency form here.
  7. Pay the required fees.
*A California certified EMT who is a member of the Armed Forces of the Untied States and whose certification expires while deployed on active duty, or whose certification expired less than six (6) months from the date they return from active duty deployment, with the Armed Forces of the Untied States shall have six (6) months from the date they return from active duty deployment to complete the requirements for renewal.  In order to qualify for this exception, the EMT shall:
  1. ​​Submit proof of her/his membership in the Armed Forces of the Untied States
  2. Submit documentation of her/his deployment starting and ending dates
  3. Continuing education credit may be given for documented training that meets the requirements of Chapter 11 of the California EMS Title 22 regulations.  The continuing education (CE) documentation shall include verification from the individual's Commanding​​ Officer attesting to the training attended.

Cost

For EMT Certification - Pay cash (exact amount) in the office or pay by credit card online.

  • ​Non-refundable SCEMSA application fee of $48.00.
  • Non-refundable State of California Emergency Medical Services Agency EMT Central Registry fee of $75.00
  • Expedited Processing Fee (If requested) $30.00

For EMT RENEWAL/REINSTATEMENT - Pay cash (exact amount) in the office or pay by credit card online.      

  • Non-refundable SCEMSA application fee of $48.00
  • Late fee (within 30 days of expiration) $30.00
  • Non-refundable $37.00 State of California recertification fee for an EMT that previously submitted to a Live Scan background check for the purpose of certification or recertification as an EMT with Sacramento County.         
  • OR
  • Non-refundable $75.00 State of California EMT Central Registry fee (for an EMT that has not previously submitted to a Live Scan background check for the purpose of certification or recertification as an EMT with Sacramento County).
  •  Expedited Processing Fee (if requested) $30.00

Contact Information

9616 Micron Avenue Suite 960
Sacramento
CA
95827
(916) 875-9753
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