Recertification
 
NREMT and L.A. County/California have different recertification requirements. 
Your recertification date may be different on each card.
 
All NREMT cards expire on March 31st. 
 
L.A. County/California cards expire 2 years from the date issued in most cases. 
You must have a state of California EMT card (issued by a local agency) to function as an EMT in California.  NREMT alone does not allow you to function as an EMT in the State of California.
If your EMT expires, you may not work as an EMT.
If your CPR card expires, you may not work as an EMT.
March 1, 2014 – new California State fees apply to recertification. DO NOT USE ANY OLD FORMS!  Check the L.A. County EMS Agency website for new forms for initial certification, recertification and LIVE SCAN. http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/ems/
NREMT has their own recertification requirements. Please check their website. www.nremt.org 
 
California Recertification
 
Go to http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/ems/ and follow the links to EMT certification.
 
Current card or expired up to six months
Ø  24 hours of CE, current CPR card and California Skills Validation Sheet or
Ø  Refresher course, current CPR card and California Skills Validation Sheet
Card expired 6 months, but not more than 12 months
Ø  36 hours of CE, current CPR card and California Skills Validation Sheet or
Ø  Refresher course and 12 hours of CE, current CPR card and California Skills Validation Sheet
Card expired 12 months—but less than 24 months:
Ø  48 hours of CE, current CPR card and California Skills Validation Sheet and take certifying exam (National Registry) or
Ø  Refresher course and 24 hours of CE, current CPR card and California Skills Validation Sheet and take certifying exam (National Registry)
Card expired over 24 months:
Ø  If cert has expired over 2 years – you must retake the entire EMT course, skills exam and state certifying exam (currently the National Registry test)
Ø  COC offers skills testing as part of its refresher class and EMT course. See below for additional information.
 
Check the L.A. County website for CE Providers who also offer skills testing. http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/ems/
College of the Canyons offers a Refresher class during Summer and Winter sessions. The Refresher class includes skills testing. Please check the Refresher class page on the EMT webpages for additional information. Health Science 153.
 
College of the Canyons no longer offers Skills testing classes through Community Education. Skills are tested as a component of the EMT class or the Refresher class only.