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UPDATE: Connecticut OEMS and NREMT have temporarily lifted limits on distributive learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. All 40 hours currently can be completed using distributive (pre-recorded) courses available through Code One’s Continuing Education program.

Connecticut’s Office of Emergency Medical Services made several changes to the recertification process for state certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). These substantive changes took effect January 1, 2020. We’ve outlined the new recertification process, provided some helpful links, and answered frequently asked questions.

New Recertification Process for EMTs

Connecticut certified EMTs now follow the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for recertification.

Before: Prior to 2020, CT EMTs would complete a 30 hour EMT Refresher course within a year of their expiration date. The EMT Refresher course included a practical skills test and written exam proctored by an OEMS assigned examiner. Successful completion of the course and exams resulted in an extension of 3 years to the EMT certificate.

Now: EMTs need to complete 40 hours of continuing education plus a skills verification for EMT recertification. Successful completion results in a 2 year extension of the EMT certificate.

The key advantages to using NCCP for recertification include:

  • NREMT and State certification requirements match: EMTs only need to complete this process once to maintain both certifications. Previously education requirements and expiration dates mismatched which resulted in extra work to maintain both.
  • Continuing Education is completed over the entire two year certification cycle: Previously EMTs could only do education during the final year of their certification. EMTs now get credit for hours completed during the entire life of their certification.
  • Ongoing education encourages EMS providers to stay up-to-date on current trends throughout the certification cycle.
  • All education can be completed online: EMTs were required to attend instructor-led components and testing during the EMT Refresher program. Under the new process, all hours may be completed online which provides flexibility for EMS providers.

Step by Step Connecticut EMT Recertification Process:

Recertification: EMTs with an unexpired Connecticut EMT certification.

  1. Complete 40 hours of CAPCE or state approved Continuing Education
  2. Complete a Skills Verification
    • For Active NREMT certified EMTs: Skills verification may be verified by your agency’s Training Officer
    • For Inactive NREMT certified or CT Only certified EMTs: Complete a T-6 form for Skills Verification with an EMS-Instructor
  3. Complete a Connecticut eLicense renewal application and submit either an updated NREMT certification or transcript of Continuing Education courses with a T-6 form for Skills Verification

Reinstatement: EMTs with a Connecticut EMT certification that has been expired for over 90 days and less than 2 years.

  1. Complete 40 hours of CAPCE or state approved Continuing Education
  2. Complete a Skills Verification:
    • For Active NREMT certified EMTs: Skills verification may be verified by your agency’s Training Officer
    • For Inactive NREMT certified or CT Only certified EMTs: Complete a T-6 form for Skills Verification with an EMS-Instructor
  3. Complete a Mental Health First Aid certification course – This requirement is currently suspended by statute.
  4. Complete a Connecticut eLicense renewal application and submit either an updated NREMT certification or transcript of Continuing Education courses with a T-6 form for Skills Verification

More information on EMT Reinstatement from the CT OEMS website

Accepted EMT Continuing Education

Continuing Education for EMT Recertification is split into three categories – National Component, State / Local Component, and Individual Component. Each category has its own required education hours and limits for how many hours can be completed using Distributive Education (pre-recorded content).

National Component: 20 hours, 7 hour distributive content limit – The National Component has an outline of topics and time that must be spent on each topic to satisfy this requirement.

State / Local Component: 10 hours, 7 hour distributive content limit – At this time Connecticut does not have any specifications for state required content. Your local medical control or EMS agency may specify educational requirements to be completed in this component. If there is no state or local requirement, these hours are for elective courses.

Individual Component: 10 hours, 10 hour distributive content limit – These hours are for elective courses.

Total: 40 hours, 24 hours of which may be distributive content

Distributive vs. Live Education

The NREMT categorizes education as F1, F2, F3, and F5 (yup, F4 doesn’t exist!)

  • F1: Live In-Person Continuing Education – In-person elective courses such as seminars, conference sessions, and hospital grand rounds.
  • F2: Live In-Person Continuing Education (Continuous / Cyclical) – In-person courses that are required for certification renewal such as CPR.
  • F3: Online Distributive Continuing Education – Pre-recorded courses that can be completed at any time. These can be written, audio, or video programs. NREMT limits the number of hours allowed for distributive content.
  • F5: Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Continuing Education – Courses that are conducted live in a virtual classroom like a webinar.

EMT Recertification from Code One:

Code One offers two pathways for Connecticut EMT Recertification:

  • Online EMT Recertification Course(Most Popular) – Consists of 40 hours of online content which satisfies all continuing education requirements. Participants attend 16 hours (or more if desired) of training as live (F5) virtual instructor-led courses in an online webinar. Live courses are scheduled weekdays between 10am and 6pm with 5 courses offered per day (additional evening and weekend sessions are scheduled during February and March. The remaining 24 hours are pre-recorded distributive education (F3) which may be completed anytime. Register for the Online EMT Recertification course is here.
  • Instructor-Led EMT Recertification Course (National Component) – Consists of 20 hours of live instructor-led content (F1) which satisfies the National Component continuing education requirements. Participants will need to complete additional continuing education for the State / Local and Individual components to complete their recertification. There are several courses available through Code One for the additional hours or participants can obtain hours from outside sources. This course rotates between the East Hartford and Woodbridge training centers. More information on the Instructor-Led EMT Recertification Course (National Component) is here.

Skills Verification

Skills verification can be completed through two methods:

  • For those with active NREMT certification: Your EMS agency Training Officer can verify your skills through the NREMT website. You’ll select your EMS organization during your NREMT renewal. Submission of your updated NREMT certification satisfies Connecticut’s EMT recertification requirements.
  • For those with inactive NREMT certification or Connecticut EMT certification only: You will need to have your skills verified on a T-6 form by an Emergency Medical Services Instructor. This can be done locally with your EMS agency or with a Code One instructor.

Mental Health First Aid Certification

EMTs obtaining recertification within 90 days of their expiration date are exempt from the Mental Health First Aid certification requirement which took effect January 1, 2020.

EMTs who are more than 90 days past their expiration date (but less than 2 years expired) must complete the Continuing Education requirements outlined above and obtain certification in Mental Health First Aid for reinstatement of their EMT certificate. The Mental Health First Aid certification is approved for 8 hours of Continuing Education which may be used in the Individual or State / Local components.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I complete all of my continuing education online?

Yes. Code One’s Online EMT Recertification course provides all required continuing education hours in a flexible virtual format. Participants complete a combination of scheduled live courses in a virtual conference room and distributive pre-recorded courses which may be completed at any time. More information is here.

But what about the limits on distributive education?

EMT Recertification limits distributive education (pre-recorded) courses to 24 total hours. Virtual instructor-led training (VILT) courses are conducted in real-time via webinar and are approved in the F5 category by the NREMT and accepted by Connecticut OEMS. There is no limit for hours that can be obtained through VILT.

What is the schedule for live Virtual Instructor-Led Training through the Online EMT Recertification course?

Live courses are scheduled on weekdays from 10am to 6pm with five courses offered per day. There are additional evening and Saturday sessions scheduled during February and March. Most classes are one hour in length.

If I renew my NREMT certification, do I still need to get a state certification?

EMTs need a state certification to practice. The EMT can easily submit their updated NREMT certification through the Connecticut eLicense website to obtain updated state EMT certification.

Am I required to get Mental Health First Aid certification?

EMTs that complete their recertification within 90 days of their expiration date do not need to obtain Mental Health First Aid certification.

EMTs that submit their recertification more than 90 days after their certification has expired will need to submit Mental Health First Aid certification for reinstatement of their EMT certification.

What is the Mark King Initiative and when does it take effect?

The Mark King Initiative (MKI) provides EMTs who previously held NREMT certification with a one-time reinstatement of their NREMT certification without having to complete the usual reinstatement testing requirements. Connecticut OEMS plans to offer the Mark King Initiative around April 2020. There is a small fee for reinstatement through the MKI.

Summary

Connecticut made some significant changes to the certification process for EMTs which took effect January 1, 2020. These changes have streamlined the process for those who have dual certification with NREMT and the state. While these updates may be confusing at first glance, there are many resources available to guide EMTs through the new process. Code One is here to help with any questions or challenges you may have.