The most significant distinction to make is that there are two separate changes occurring that affect Massachusetts EMS providers' certifications and that these two changes are occurring independently of each other.
1. Adopting the National EMS Education Standards = Adopting the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification as the basis for MA initial certification and recertification.
2. Transitioning to the National EMS Scope of Practice Model = Completing a transitional training course that will count towards continuing education requirements and once completed will change an EMT- B to an EMT; EMT-I to Advanced and EMT-P to Paramedic.
All affiliate agencies must have a training officer who is responsible registering their service and all of their providers on the national registry website; processing pending affiliation requests; maintaining training records; adding and editing courses for providers; and reviewing/approving recertification packets for affiliated providers. For detailed information on training officer requirements and step-by-step procedures see EMS Training Officer resources.
All levels of EMTs recertifying in 2016 and beyond are required to complete National (NCCR), Local (LCCR) and Individual (ICCR) Core Competency Requirement hours. National credits are comprised of topic areas defined by the National Registry. Currently there are no specific topic areas required for local or individual hours. Appropriately approved OEMS and/or CECBEMS continuing education hours can be applied to the Local or Individual category until further notice.
As of July 1, 2013 all EMTs and Paramedics must create an on-line profile, affiliate with an agency, submit their continuing education credits online and submit their recertification application electronically. For step by step instructions please see www.massemt.org and follow the point and click instructions to renew your EMT certification.
Once all three steps are completed monitor your progress. To verify that your certification has been renewed, log into your e-licensing profile at www.mass.gov/dph/oems/e-licensing. Your expiration date will be updated to 4/1/2018 one business day after completing all three recertification steps. If your application is pending with your Training Officer for more than 10 day, contact your Training Officer.
Using Distributive Education (sometimes referred to as "online learning") continuing education credit towards your recertification 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.
All EMTs with certification expiring April 1, 2016, may use one-third (⅓) of the TOTAL continuing education course hours for recertification through Distributive Education. The maximum DE credits accepted by certification level is: EMT - 13 hours; Advanced - 16.5 hours; Paramedic - 20 hours.
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 though Distributive Education, and ALL the hours to meet the Individual category may be done through Distributive Education. NONE of the continuing education course hours to meet the Local requirements may be completed through Distributive Education. DE credits accepted for certification level is: EMT - 7 hours NCCR & 10 hours ICCR; Advanced - 8 hours NCCR & 12.5 ICCR; Paramedic - 10 hours NCCR & 15 hours ICCR.
Continuing Education Credit Hours Requirements for Recertification
Any person who is certified as a Massachusetts EMT (at any level) who does not hold National Registry status, and is not currently associated with an ambulance service, EFR service or first responder agency is considered unaffiliated. Also, please note that many agencies, such as Ski Patrol, Police, or Search & Rescue will qualify for their own agency status. These organizations should consider setting up an agency. Discuss this option with the appropriate supervisor or training officer if you are associated with such an agency. Before selecting unaffiliated, please ensure there is no other agency more appropriate to affiliate with.
If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact the office at 978-792-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EMTs re-certifying in 2016 may use continuing education credits awarded between March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2016 towards their recertification. (PLEASE NOTE: if the individual needs an EMT card to work then it is advised they complete their recertification requirements by February 15, 2016 in order to receive their new EMT certification card by April 1, 2016). EMTs re-certifying in 2016 may not use continuing education credits toward their next recertification period (2018) until after March 31, 2016.
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If you have a Massachusetts EMT certification and a National Registry certification
Your EMT card will be mailed to you at the address that is listed in your training profile.
You will pay two fees at two different times.
MA-only: $20 BLS / $25 ALS
MA & NREMT: $15 BLS / $20 ALS
BLS / ALS: $125
Having paid both fees does not guarantee that the process is over and your card is on its way.
There are two separate websites involved in the recertification process.
If you are working and/or volunteering as an EMT then you are affiliated with a service and you have a Training Officer.
If you do not work or volunteer as an EMT and you have a MA and National Registry certification
If you do not work or volunteer as an EMT and you are certified in MA only then you are Unaffiliated.
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