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NREMT resolution may lead to change in certification requirements

All levels of certification for EMS providers would be affected; the public comment period is open


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By Leila Merrill

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ board of directors drafted a resolution last week that may lead to an update in initial certification requirements for all levels of certification for EMS providers.

If the resolution is approved following a public comment period, the National Registry executive director would update the initial certification requirements for all levels of certification (EMR, EMT, AEMT, and paramedic) to include successful completion of an EMS education program that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and:

  • has an CAAHEP-accreditation, or
  • has been issued a CoAEMSP “Letter of Review,” or
  • has received state EMS office approval.

The change would expand eligibility requirements, allowing states to choose their own accreditation requirement.

The resolution will be open to public comment for 60 days. The resolution is here, and comments can be made here.

The board plans to consider public input in August and issue a final decision then.