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EMT Renewal Certification


EMT Renewal Certification
These requirements are for EMTs currently certified in the State of California. All candidates must:
1. Possess a valid and current California EMT certificate.
2. Provide a current government-issued photo ID (e.g., state driver’s license, state ID card, military ID card, or passport).
3. Complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of approved prehospital continuing education within the two (2) year certification period. Continuing Education hours must be from one of the following:
    a.    An approved County of San Diego/State of California Prehospital Continuing Education Provider
    b.    College courses in physical, social or behavioral sciences
            (e.g., anatomy, physiology, sociology, psychology) – copy of official transcript required

Additional Information for Lapsed EMTs:
If your certification is expired over 6 months but less than 12 monthsapplicants must complete an additional twelve (12) hours of approved continuing education (CE) in addition for the three (3) criteria above.
Additional requirements if your certification is expired  over 12 months, but less than 24 months,  include:
(a) complete an additional twenty-four (24) hours of approved continuing education (CE) in addition for the three (3) criteria above
(b) submit to a new CA Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (separate from any agency requirement) and
(c) pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written and skills examinations within the past two (2) years. The fee is $92.

4. Complete a skills competency verification using State form BCIA-8302.
5. Possess a current CPR Card (Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer or equivalent).
6. Pay appropriate fee.

Once these requirements are met:

  • Applicants whose current EMT certificate was issued by the County of San Diego must complete the EMT-Renewal online application.  Complete the EMT Renewal online application at least two months prior to expiration of the current certification period.
  • Applicants whose current EMT certification was not issued by the County of San Diego must complete the  EMT Transfer to San Diego County online application.

This application will require completion of a Department of Justice Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (separate from any agency requirement).   

Copies of the following documents will be needed to upload into the system:

  • Current government-issued photo ID (PDF)
    (e.g., state driver’s license, state ID card, military ID card, passport) #2 above
  • Optional Photo – headshot only (JPG)
  • Documentation of all continuing education requirements, #3 above (PDF)
  • Completed skills competency form BCIA-8302, #4 above (PDF)
  • Current CPR Card, #5 above (PDF)
  • If applicable, written explanation, court records and/or police reports as requested during the application process (these records must be attached to each application submitted, whether the EMS Agency has received them previously or not)

PLEASE NOTE: The only JPG format document to be uploaded is the PHOTO.  All other uploaded documentation is to be in PDF format only.

Online applications will not be processed until all the required documentation has been uploaded and the appropriate fee is received by the County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services.

Once the online application has been submitted and all the criteria specified in Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Article 4 of the California Code of Regulations has been verified, an individual shall be recertified as an Emergency Medical Technician. If the recertification requirements were met within six (6) months prior to the expiration date, the effective date of the certification shall be the expiration date of the current certification.

This certification is valid throughout the State of California and Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) will print and mail a State of CA Certification card to the approved applicant. Allow five (5) to six (6) weeks to receive your card from EMSA.

Current and correct mailing address is required to receive EMT Certification Card.

Certification Services inquiries can be made by email to EMSCertifications.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov

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PLAN EARLY! It is the responsibility of each credentialed individual to start the application process at least 60 days prior to certification expiration date.