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Emergency Medical Responder Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions Emergency Medical Responder Certification Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to do to become a Emergency Medical Responder?
  • To be eligible for certification as a Emergency Medical Responder, you must first complete a Nor-Cal EMS Emergency Medical Responder course. The course is 40 hours and is usually offered through local fire departments and community colleges. Once you have successfully completed your training, you will be required to take the Nor Cal Emergency Medical Responder written and skills certification examination. Upon successful completion of your exams, you may apply to Nor Cal EMS for your Emergency Medical Responder certification. A completed Emergency Medical Responder Initial certification application and copies of driver's license, CPR and the certification fee are required for certification.

    To apply for Emergency Medical Responder certification, complete the following items and submit all materials in one complete packet to NorCal EMS:

    1. Complete the application for Emergency Medical Responder Initial certification. (Incomplete applications will be returned);
    2. Submit a photocopy of your Course Completion Record from an approved Nor-Cal EMS Emergency Medical Responder Training program;
    3. Submit a photocopy of your CPR;
    4. Submit a photocopy of your driver's license;
    5. Submit the established certification fee as indicated on the application.

  • What do I need to do to re-certify as a Emergency Medical Responder?
  • Re-Certification for Emergency Medical Responder is relatively easy as there is no continuing education requirement, however you are required to test both written and skills. This can usually be accomplished by working with your original instructor. Once completed, you may make application to Nor-Cal EMS for your re-certification. To apply for re-certification, you will need to submit a completed Emergency Medical Responder re-certification application and copies of your driver’s license, CPR and the certification application fee.

    To apply for Emergency Medical Responder re-certification, complete the following items and submit all materials in one complete packet to NorCal EMS:

    1. Complete the application for Emergency Medical Responder Re-certification. (Incomplete applications will be returned);
    2. A copy of your Emergency Medical Responder certification card;
    3. Submit a legible copy of your driver's license;
    4. Submit a legible copy of your CPR card;
    5. All applicants must submit a completed skills verification form;
    6. Submit proof of one of the following:
      • Supply proof of 40 hours of continuing education (may use the Continuing Education Log sheet); or,
      • Supply proof of successful completion of the written exam administered by an approved Nor-Cal EMS Emergency Medical Responder instructor. Acceptable proof shall be the course record form submitted by the approved instructor.
    7. Submit the established certification fee as indicated on the application.

  • I needed to answer "yes" on my application to one of the questions that had to do with convictions, misdemeanors, or criminal charges. What happens to my application now?"
  • When you answer "yes" to any of the questions regarding convictions, misdemeanors, or criminal charges, your application is referred to the certification investigation department for processing. You should then hear from them within two weeks regarding the outcome of the investigation.

  • I have had a misdemeanor and/or a felony conviction, will this preclude me from certification?
  • Not necessarily. All applications are screened on an individual basis. Depending on the seriousness of the conviction, your application will be reviewed by the certification investigation department and you will be contacted by a staff member.

  • I have disclosed a previous or pending conviction on my application. How do I find out what the status of my application is at this time?
  • You will be contacted by a certification investigation staff member regarding the status of your application in a timely manner.

  • I have mailed my application for certification or re-certification. How will I know if it has been received?
  • Because of the volume of applications we process, it is recommend that you send your application "Return Receipt Requested".

  • My certification is about to expire. Can I apply for an extension?
  • No. Extensions are not allowed.


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