Florida EMT and Paramedic Recertification Process

Florida EMT and Paramedic Recertification Process

Florida Department of Health oversees the recertification process for EMT and Paramedic credentialed EMS providers. We’ve outlined the recertification process for Florida, provided some helpful links, and answered frequently asked questions.

Information on this page was accurate at time of publishing (July 2021) and is regularly reviewed and updated. Always confirm the rules, regulations, and processes with your local EMS authorities. If you notice any inaccurate or out-of-date information, please let us know so we can make corrections.

Florida EMS Recertification Guide

How often do I need to renew my EMT certification in the State of Florida?

The state of Florida requires certification to be renewed every two years.

Does Florida follow the NREMT’S NCCP Model?

The State of Florida does not follow the NREMT’s NCCP model. We’ve broken up the requirements for renewal by EMS provider level:

Guide to Florida EMT Recertification

  1. EMTs renewing for the first time are exempt from completing continuing education.
  2. EMTs in the second renewal window are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education. * 2 hours must be devoted to pediatric emergencies*
  3. All EMTs renewing must provide a current copy of your CPR certification (front and back). Approved CPR courses:
  4. Submit a recertification application via the MQA Online Portal located at  http://www.flhealthsource.gov/ 
  5. Provide a certified check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health based on the following:
  6. If renewing BEFORE your certificate expires, your fees will be (as of July 2021):
Active to Active$20.00
Active to Voluntary Inactive$50.00
Voluntary Inactive to Active$50.00

7. If renewing AFTER your certificate expires, your fees will be:

Involuntary to active$45.00

Get started now with Code One’s Online EMT Recertification Program

Guide to Florida’s Paramedic Recertification:

  1. Florida Paramedics renewing for the first time are exempt from completing continuing education.
  2. Florida Paramedics renewing for the second time or beyond are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education. * 2 hours must be devoted to pediatric emergencies*
  1. All Florida Paramedics renewing must provide a current copy of your CPR certification (front and back). Approved CPR courses:
    • American Heart Association BLS Provider
    • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer
      • A CPR equivalent certification from an organization approved by the Bureau of EMS pursuant to 64J-2.038, Florida Administrative Code.
  2. All Florida Paramedics must hold a valid ACLS certification which must be a board approved course.
  3. Submit a recertification application via the MQA Online Portal located at  http://www.flhealthsource.gov/ 
  4. Provide a certified check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health based on the following:

If renewing BEFORE your certificate expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active$45.00
Active to Voluntary Inactive$50.00
Voluntary Inactive to Active$50.00
  1. If renewing AFTER your certificate expires, your fees will be:
Involuntary to Active$70.00

Get started now with Code One’s Online Paramedic Recertification Program

Accepted EMS Continuing Education

For a full listing of continuing education requirements for Florida EMTs and Paramedics please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/emt-paramedics/continuing-education/index.html

Online Recertification with Code One:

Code One offers Online NREMT Recertification courses for each level of EMS Provider (these courses are also approved for recertification use in Florida):

  • Online EMT Recertification Course – 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 Here
  • Online AEMT Recertification Course – Consists of 50 hours of online content which satisfies all continuing education requirements. Participants attend 21.5 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 28.5 hours are pre-recorded distributive education (F3) which may be completed anytime. Register Here
  • Online Paramedic Recertification Course – Consists of 60 hours of online content which satisfies all continuing education requirements. Participants attend 25 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 35 hours are pre-recorded distributive education (F3) which may be completed anytime. Register Here

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.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LIMITS ON DISTRIBUTIVE EDUCATION?

EMT Recertification limits distributive education (pre-recorded) course hours. Virtual instructor-led training (VILT) courses are conducted in real-time via webinar and are approved in the F5 category by the NREMT. 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 state licensing portal to obtain updated state EMT certification.

Helpful Resources:

STATE EMS DEPARTMENT CONTACT:

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