In order to work as an EMT or paramedic, you must obtain EMT certification from the state in which you would like to work. The requirements will vary from state to state, but there are some basic requirements that apply to all applicants seeking to obtain EMT certification.

Certification is achieved by meeting all the basic state-mandated requirements for an EMT license. The level of certification (such as Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic) will be reflected in the license requirements.

Successful completion of the state sponsored test is the final requirement to obtain an EMT license. Typically the exam will be one that has been developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Test applicants will be required to pay a fee, typically at the time that the test is scheduled. The amount of the fee will vary depending on the level of EMT certification. Registering for the EMT license exam can frequently be done online.

Preliminary requirements for registering for the EMT certification exam are:

  • Minimum age of 18 years.
  • A clean criminal record.
  • Successful completion of an EMT training program that is recognized by the state.

Possible additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Proof of immunization against communicable diseases.
  • Current, valid proof of CPR certification.
  • Passing a narcotics or illegal substances test.

Applicants who have met all requirements and successfully pass the test will receive EMT certification.