DISTRIBUTIVE EDUCATION GUIDELINES: In accordance with AR 2-212, EMT Continuing Education Standards has been updated to match National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) policy, permitting EMTs whose certifications expire in 2022 to complete all of their continuing education via Distributive Education (DE), temporarily lifting the limits on DE for this cycle, due to the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
EMS Continuing Education programs that meet recertification criteria must be approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and carry an OEMS Approval Number or approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) and have a valid CAPCE approval number. Course content eligible to be used by EMTs to meet continuing education requirements for recertification must be related to the delivery of patient care within the EMS scope of practice or within the defined roles and responsibilities of the EMT. All training must be based on the most current MA Statewide Treatment Protocols, NHTSA’s National EMS Education Standards, National EMS Core Content, and MA EMS laws, regulations, and administrative requirements.
Other health professional courses, college courses, or professional conferences that relate to EMS content that do not have OEMS or CAPCE approval may be eligible for Special Credit although there is no guarantee credit will be awarded. Applicants are required to complete the Special Credit Request Form. Be sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements carefully.
Courses that cannot be applied towards recertification requirements (regardless of CAPCE approval) include duplicate courses, clinical rotations, instructor courses, management/leadership courses, performance of duty as an EMT, preceptor or examiner, volunteer time with agencies, or training related to other aspects of employment or other certification and/or licensure. The purpose of EMS continuing education is for EMTs to update and maintain continued knowledge and competency in the scope of their EMT certification.
EMS Continuing Education may be offered through ambulance services, fire/police departments, hospitals, EMS educators, and Accredited Training Institutions. A list of approved continuing education courses may be obtained by contacting the MA Regional EMS Council offices. You can also see a list of approved courses in Region III here (see Region III approved Courses). Be sure to contact the Program Sponsor prior to attending to confirm the course details.
You must keep valid documentation for each course you take as proof of course attendance and completion. The NREMT randomly audits recertification applications for quality assurance. You must retain verification of attendance of all education submitted for recertification for at least 36 months. A course completion certificate or an official OEMS roster are considered valid forms of documentation as long as it contains the name of the course, your name, date, and location of the course, the instructor’s name, the instructor’s signature, and the OEMS or CAPCE Approval Number.