Continuing Education for EMS Certified Personnel

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CE or not?

EMS rules have made CE accrual one of the options for renewal, NOT a requirement for maintaining your certification. If you choose to renew your certificate by completing CE hours, the hours you gain must be DSHS-approved and meet minimum content areas. CE hours can be completed anytime during your four-year certification period. 


Reporting CE hours

EMS Personnel that choose the CE option at recertification will attest they have completed CE when filling out the renewal application. You will NOT submit any documents about CE during the renewal process. EMS personnel are audited to determine CE compliance. If audited, EMS personnel will be required to produce and submit course completion certificates and other documentation showing they have met the CE requirement.

Where and how?

EMS rules allow you several methods to accrue CE hours. All methods must have prior DSHS approval.


CE Approval for Academic Courses

You may receive CE credit for college level courses you have completed.

What courses count towards EMS CE credit?

EMS rules require the course be within the framework of a curriculum that leads to a degree in emergency medical services or any credit hour course relevant to emergency health care.

To get approval for CE hours through your academic course(s), submit the following material to your local public health region office for course review:

  • A transcript, official or unofficial, indicating the college awarding the hours
  • A grade of at least a "C"
  • A course description or catalog description
  • Your EMS ID number or social security number

Mail materials to your local EMS field office for review. 

After the review:

You will be responsible for assigning CE credit to appropriate content areas.  The CE you are granted  through academic courses must be claimed during the 4 year period in which it was accrued.  


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Last updated July 22, 2014