Training programs for EMTs may be awarded continuing education credits by OEMS for subject matter that is:

​1.  within the EMTs defined scope of practice,

2.  within the defined roles and responsibilities of the EMT.

To meet continuing education requirements EMT continuing education training programs must be:

1.  approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and be assigned an OEMS Approval Number or, in the case of an Accredited Training Institution (ATI), an OEMS Registration Number, or

2.  approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), as documented by having a valid CAPCE approval number.

Each Regional EMS Council assists OEMS in assuring quality education programs for EMS personal by reviewing applications and assigning approval numbers/registration numbers.  

The OEMS continuing education training application and outline is sent to the regional EMS office based on the sponsor’s mailing address. Continuing Education programs that are sponsored by entities from outside of Massachusetts must be reviewed by OEMS.

Continuing Education Approval Process

Fill out the EMT Continuing Education Program Application and send to EMS Region III via email,, or mail to 110 Haverhill Rd., Suite 222, Amesbury, MA 01913. Or submit the application online. ONLINE APPLICATION

​​​​Each application must be accompanied by a timed outline.  Please see the Region III Application Submission Guidelines for additional information and timelines.

After you receive your approval number if you cancel or change any aspect of the program including date, time, location and/or instructor please email  and as soon as possible.


There are three components of the National Registry Continued Competency Program (NCCP)


NATIONAL Continued Competency Requirements (NCCR) are determined by the NREMT Board of Directors and comprises 50% of the overall requirements necessary to recertify.
LOCAL Continued Competency Requirements (LCCR) are developed and delivered at the local EMS level.  In Massachusetts, at this time, the LOCAL requirements have yet to be defined.  Examples of classes that meet this requirement include MOLST, Blood Bourne Pathogens, Statewide Treatment Protocol Updates, and Point of Entry.
INDIVIDUAL Continued Competency Requirements (ICCR) are determined by the individual.  Currently EMTS may choose any EMS related education to satisfy this requirement.  In the future the ICCR may be based on outcomes of a self-assessment guide, which is offered at no additional fee as part of the recertification process.  The results of the assessment are provided to the individual EMS provider and de-identified, aggregate data to Training Officers to help assess areas of remediation.  If no deficiencies are indicated the provider may select any EMS related education for the ICCR component.

Distributive Education

(Sometimes referred to as “online learning“) continuing education credit is limited.

Distributive Education (DE) is defined by OEMS as an instructional model that allows instructor, participants, and content to be located in different locations so that instruction and learning may occur independent of time and place; the learner, the instructor and the educational materials are not all present in the same place at the same time, and students and instructors are not able to interact in real-time. These courses are self-paced or do not have an instructor leading the course during instruction.

For EMTs with certification expiring April 1, 2017, and thereafter, only one-third (⅓) of the continuing education course hours to meet the National category may be achieved through Distributive Education, ALL required hours to meet the Individual category may be achieved through Distributive Education. NONE of the continuing education course hours to meet the Local requirements may be completed through Distributive Education.

Total Hours            DE Hours
NCCR           20             7
LCCR            10              0
ICCR             10             10

Total Hours       DE Hours
NCCR       25               8
LCCR        10               0
ICCR         10             12.5

Total Hours     DE Hours
NCCR          30           10
LCCR           15             0
ICCR            15            15
Be sure to obtain a Course Completion Certificate or a copy of the course roster.
The certificate and the roster must contain the name of the course, your name, date, and location of the course, the instructor’s name AND the OEMS Approval Number. Your Training Officer will need this information to validate all continuing eduction you may have taken outside the agency you are affiliated with.
Courses or conferences that do not have an OEMS or CAPCE approval number can be submitted for special credit.
Mail the following to OEMS, 67 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

• A brief cover letter with EMS personnel’s name, MA Certification Number, and a list of what courses the EMS personnel would like reviewed.
• Proof of attendance (Transcript, Certificate of completion, etc) for each course submitted.
• Course outline or description for each course that documents EMS related content as outlined in A/R2-212.

Special credit courses can be used towards recertification in the categories of Local and Individual. The National category must be filled by a course that meets the National Continued Competency Requirements (NCCR). It is the individual EMT’s responsibility to take classes that have been pre-approved or understand that there is a chance any special credit submission may not be awarded credit.

It is very important for each provider to track his/her own continuing education. These forms can help you keep track of your continuing education credits during your two year recertification period.

Continuing Education Tracking Record for EMTs
Continuing Education Tracking Record for Paramedics

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