Washington EMS Recertification Process

2022 Washington EMS Recertification Process

Washington State Department of Health, EMS office provides oversight and guidance of the recertification process of Washington EMS providers. We’ve outlined the recertification process for Washington, provided some helpful links, and answered frequently asked questions.

Information on this page was accurate at time of publishing (January 2022) 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 If you notice any inaccurate or out-of-date information, please let us know so we can make corrections.

WASHINGTON EMS RECERTIFICATION GUIDE

Does Washington follow the NREMT’S NCCP Model?

No, the State of Washington does not follow the NREMT NCCP Model. However, while not a requirement for recertification, many EMS providers choose to renew their NREMT if they plan on moving out of state. Information on recertifying your NREMT can be through the following:  EMR | EMT | AEMT | Paramedic

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

Washington State has two options for recertification of EMS providers. The first option is through CME and the second option is known as Ongoing Training and Evaluation Program (OTEP). Additional information regarding Washington State specific requirements for licensure can be found on the Washington Department of Health, EMS page.

What are the Washington State requirements for certification and recertification for EMR, EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic?

Washington State specific requirements for certification and recertification can be found at the following links:

EMR|EMT|AEMT|Paramedic

How do I apply for or renew a license in Washington?

Washington utilizes a system known as  Secure Access Washington (SAW) security portal. Additionally, Washington State Department of Health has created a checklist for EMS recertifications to include CME or Ongoing Training and Evaluation Program (OTEP) guidance which can be found here

ONLINE RECERTIFICATION WITH CODE ONE:

Code One offers Online NREMT Recertification courses for each level of EMS Provider (Washington State honors courses that are CAPCE accredited. While our course may provide a major portion of the CME requirements for Washington State, additional requirements for state licensure renewal will be required.):

  • 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

How do I know if my CE credits will be accepted?

Washington does not follow the NREMT NCCP model but it does honor and accept CE and CME credits that are Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accredited courses. Code One has partnered with Pro EMS Center for Medics to deliver Prodigy – a world class virtual training platform for all levels of EMS providers. Our NREMT Recertification course is CAPCE accredited for use in NREMT Recertification.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR NREMT RECERTIFICATION

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.

NREMT Recertification Information for EMR | EMT | AEMT | Paramedic

Washington State Department of Health, EMS

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