NREMT & LA
County Certification must be completed within 2 years of the date of your COC
completion certificate. If the NREMT exam is not completed within 1 year of the
date on your completion certificate, you are required to retest all your skills. Check L.A. County EMS Agency website for skill testing providers.
You must obtain state certification
through a local agency (i.e. LA County EMS Agency) to work as an EMT in
California. This must be completed within 2 years of the date on your COC
EMT completion certificate.
Step 1: National Registry of EMTs (NREMT):
Since January 1, 2007 EMT students who successfully complete the
EMT course are eligible to take the computerized National Registry test. The
test is given at PearsonVue testing centers and not at College of the Canyons.
Please go to
www.nremt.org and complete an application for the computerized testing.
IMPORTANT: If you did not register for the NREMT at the end of
your COC EMT class…please email Patti Haley that you have now registered.
Include the date of your completion and the instructor’s name. Also include a
phone number. If you do not take this step, Patti will not have any idea that
you are waiting for the COC EMT Program to notify NREMT that you successfully
passed the EMT class and you will not be able to register to take the NREMT
Once you have successfully passed the National Registry test and
received your National Registry card, you must certify in L.A. County or the
county of your choice. Make a copy of your NREMT congratulations letter with
NREMT card attached. You must submit the letter with the LA County application.
You must complete
the certification process - both NREMT and L.A. County/California, within 2
years of the date on your EMT course completion certificate.
Step 2: L.A. County –
Make a copy of your NREMT congratulations letter with NREMT card
attached. You must submit the letter with the LA County application.
Go to http://ems.dhs.lacounty.gov and follow the links to EMT
certification. (read the instructions on the EMS Agency website prior to
completing the application.)
Print out the LIVE SCAN application PRIOR to going to a LIVE
SCAN operator! The LIVE SCAN must clear before the EMS Agency can issue an
EMT card. Save the Live Scan receipt, a copy must be submitted with the L.A.
County application. You do not need to wait for clearance to submit your
application to the county.
Print out the application for initial certification.
initial certification with LA County, you DO NOT need a skills verification
L.A. County Scope of Practice is included on your completion
certificate, you do not need to submit two copies of the completion certificate.
Include money order or cashier’s check with application. If you
send a personal check, they will hold your EMT card for up to 30 working days.
- Enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope with your application. This will be used to
mail you your L.A. County/State of California EMT card.
You may drop your application off in person or mail it to the LA
County EMS Agency.
As of April 5, 2010 – the LA County EMS Agency no longer provides
same day service for EMT initial or recertification. The expected turnaround
time is up to 15 days.
July 1, 2010, new California regulations and fees for EMT
certification went into effect.
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