Trng & CE

Continuing Education 

Training, and continuing education (CE) information for EMS provider personnel

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EMT CE Requirements

Course Provider: Must meet all of these criteria

 1.    Approved CE provider

 2.    Limitations:

  • Must be taught by instructor for 50% of the required total ("Instructor-Based")
  • Courses meeting the "instructor-based" requirement will state "instructor-based" on the CE certificate
  • Maximum of 12 hours of CE for "non-instructor based" courses is allowed per renewal/reinstatement             cycle

                -   Courses meeting the "non-instructor based" allocation will state "non-instructor based" or contain                           "F3" in the course number

  • No more than 12 hours of any type of CE in a 24 hour period
  • Each certificate must be a minimum of 1 hour long

                -   Hour increments: must be above 1 hour and may only increase by 0.5 increments above that first                            hour

                -   Example of acceptable hour increments: 1.5 hrs; 2.5 hrs

                -   Example of unacceptable hour increments: 0.5 hr; 1.25 hrs

 3.    Provide documentation of passing the course

  • CE certificate (see additional requirements below)
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

                -   Transcript must be complete and include your name, the name of the institution, the course name,                          date(s) course(s) were taken and credits earned.

Course Topic:


1.    Must be relevant to prehospital care

  • Prehospital/emergency care related

                -  Out-of-scope, but relevant topics are allowed

2.    Must meet National Registry Criteria


3.    CE hours may be applied to CE requirement for teaching an applicable course

4.    College-level physical, social and/or behavioral sciences

  • 1 Semester Unit = 15 CE hours
  • 1 Quarter Unit = 10 CE hours

5.    A course may be repeated up to 1 time within a renewal cycle for credit

  •  CE hour(s) will be granted for both attendance dates

CE Certificate:

1.    May not be used for more than one renewal (ex: CE may not be used for both 2016-2018 certification                     cycle and 2018-2020 certification cycle renewals)

2.    Must have the following information

  • Student’s first and last name
  • Student’s State of CA Certification/License number
  • Course Title
  • Number of hours completed
  • EMS CE Provider number
  • Date of Completion
  • Provider/Agency’s name

3.    Date on CE Certificate or Completion of College Course: Will need to meet all of these criteria

  • Must be less than two years old
  • Must be within certification cycle

                Can be prior to current effective date if the course(s) was completed after the issuance of the current                       EMT certification cycle and still meets all other required criteria



MICN CE Requirements

The above EMT CE requirements are comparable to the MICN CE requirements with the exception of:

1.    Further explanation can be found in County of San Diego EMS Policy P-303

2.    CE Courses cannot be completed online

3.    CE Course cannot be ACLS, PALS, or another national curriculum

4.    CE Courses must be San Diego prehospital focused (County of San Diego EMS Policy P-303 describes                limits)

EMS Training Programs

EMS Training Programs

EMT - Paramedic*

EMSTA College
Southwestern Community College
Palomar Community College
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
(Internal candidates only)


(619) 593-6782
(619) 216-6750 x4443
(760) 744-1150 x8150
(619) 533-4300

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 

EMSTA College

(619) 593-6782

Grossmont Health Occupations

(619) 956-4300

Healthcare Academy of California
Training program approval on probation
effective May 22, 2021 - August 2024

(760) 232-4050 

Institute of Healthcare Inc

(442) 222-5012

National University Polytechnic Institute

(858) 642-8600

Pala Fire Department
(Internal candidates only)

(760) 742-1632

Palomar College

(760) 744-1150 x8150

San Diego Miramar College

(619) 338-7937

Southwestern College  

(619) 216-6750 x4443

U.S. Colleges

(619) 858-3480

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(Fed. Homeland Security employees only)

(619) 956-2600  

West Coast EMT Training

(714) 558-9604  

* Related Resources:
Out-of-County Paramedic Intern Protocol P-302
California EMSA Paramedic Licensure