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EMT & Paramedic Certification


Recertification Process

Utah EMS professional certification must be renewed every four years. The recertification process ensures that you have maintained your knowledge and skills.

If you work for an EMS agency, your training officer will help you with the recertification process. The list below summarizes the steps to recertify; however, please refer to the Recertification Protocol for EMS Personnel for complete information.

  1. Application - Complete the Application Packet for Certification, Recertification, and Reciprocity Print, notarize and submit.
  2. Pay Fees: recertification fees.
    • $50 Application fee
    • $65 Fingerprints/Background check
    • Total $115 - To pay with a credit or debit card please call (801)273-6666 or mail your check with your application.

    • $45 Application fee
    • $35 Fingerprint/Bachground Check
    • Total $80
  3. Fingerprints - Undergo a criminal background check. Application and fees need to be submitted to the EMS office in order to receive a personalized LiveScan form that can be taken into any Direct Access Clearance System (DACS) approved location and will be electronically submitted. Our new Rap Back system will keep your prints and update EMS on any charges that occur. After December 1st 2015 you are required to submit fingerprints to be in this system.
  4. Photo ID - Hand in a copy of either a current driver's license or passport or other ID.
  5. Submit a photo - This headshot will be used for your EMS ID badge, or the photo can be taken at the Bureau of EMS.
  6. Submit required certifications:
    • CPR - (All Levels) the course must teach current American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines.
    • ACLS - (AEMT and Paramedic) Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
    • PEPP or PALS - (Paramedic) Either Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) - Paramedics ALS course / Advanced EMT's BLS course.
    • IAED - Only for EMD (Dispatch)- If you are not nationally certified we will accept 48 hours of CME hours to compensate.
  7. TB Test - Submit tuberculosis test documentation dated within one year.
  8. CME Hours - Submit documentation of required hours of continuing medical education (CME) as outlined in Recertification Protocol for EMS Personnel.
  9. Medical Director Recommendation - EMT-I, EMT-IA, and Paramedic: Submit a letter from a certified off-line medical director recommending you for recertification and verifying your demonstrated proficiency in certain skills.
  10. Training Officer Recommendation - Submit a letter from a certified training officer recommending you for recertification and verifying you are physically able to perform all tasks. If your current certification has LAPSED you have one year from the expiration date to complete all the above requirements as well as:
    1. Pay an additional $30 lapse fee ($145 total)
    2. Pass the NREMT Written Assessment Test.
    If certification has lapsed over a year, you are required to take a new course.

Submit your paperwork

Email       ems@utah.gov

Fax            (801) 274-0738

Mail           PO Box 142004
                  Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2004

In person   3760 Highland Drive
                  Salt Lake City, UT 84106
                  4th Floor Lobby

Questions? Contact the Bureau of EMS at ems@utah.gov or 801-273-6666.

Updated April 29, 2016