EMS Coordinator - Instructor Certification

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Initial Coordinator Certification

A course coordinator is an individual who has the overall responsibility for conducting an EMS training course under the direction of an approved EMS training program. Course coordinators may be certified as a basic coordinator or as an advanced coordinator, but can not coordinate courses above their personnel certification level. 
Requirements for coordinator certification

Basic Coordinator Certification Eligibility:

  • Applicants must maintain state certification as at least an EMT-basic
  • Have been a certified EMS instructor for at least two consecutive years
  • Have documented at least 120 hours of instruction for initial EMS certificants or have successfully conducted an EMT-basic course
  • Submit documentation of positive evaluations as a certified instructor
  • Provide evidence of affiliation and operate under the supervision of a licensed provider, an EMS medical director, a teaching hospital, a regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution and/or a health care institution accredited by an organization recognized by DSHS
  • Submit letters of intent from qualified providers of clinical and field internship experience
  • Successfully complete a DSHS-sponsored course coordinator training course
  • Submit INITIAL EMS coordinator, instructor and information operator instructor certification application and fee, if applicable, to the Texas Dept of State Health Services.  Mailing address on the application form. 
  • Pass state written examination within one year of course completion - see application form for details

Advanced Coordinator Certification Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must maintain state certification as at least an EMT-Intermediate or paramedic
  • Have an associate, bachelor or advanced degree
  • Have been a certified EMS instructor for at least four consecutive years
  • Have documented at least 120 hours of instruction for initial EMS certificants
  • Submit documentation of positive evaluations as a certified instructor or as a basic coordinator
  • Provide evidence of affiliation and operate under the supervision of a licensed provider, an EMS medical director, a teaching hospital, a regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution and/or a health care institution accredited by an organization recognized by DSHS
  • Submit letters of intent from qualified providers of clinical and field internship experience
  • Successfully complete a DSHS-sponsored course coordinator training course**
  • Submit INITIAL EMS coordinator, instructor and information operator instructor certification application and fee, if applicable, to the Texas Dept of State Health Services.  Mailing address on the application form. 
  • Pass state written examination within one year of course completion - see application form for details 
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** Candidates who hold current basic coordinator certification and are applying for advanced coordinator certification do not have to take the coordinator training course and exam.

Renewal

To ensure a timely renewal you need to complete and submit an application and fee prior to expiration. 

EMS Basic/Advanced fees:

Within 12 mos prior to expiration date: $66

Within 90 days after expiration date- $96

Within 91 days to 1 year after expiration date- $126 

Applications submitted after 1 year of expiration are not eligible for renewal.  Applicants must repeat initial course requirements.
Rules and policies

EMS Coordinator Certification rules are located at Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 157, §157.43

 


 

Initial Instructor Certification

 
Application

Apply online or submit the initial application and $34 fee.  

Requirements for Instructor Certification

Initial Instructor Certification Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold Texas EMT certification or higher 
  • Submit a completed application and fee
  • Successfully complete a Texas-approved EMS instructor course 
    • Methods of Teaching Course - this is defined as the 2002 EMS Educator´s course outlined on the NHTSA  EMS Page; referred to as the "methods of teaching" course (lower case); (not the 1986 DOT instructor course)
    • NAEMSE Course -the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) course follows the 2002 EMS Educator´s course curriculum
    • US Military Instructor Course - any military instructor course, but applicant must hold a current instructor certification issued by a branch of the military
    • Texas Commission on Fire Protection Courses - any TCFP instructor course, but the applicant must hold current TCFP instructor certification 
  • Secondary Education Degree - the coursework required for obtaining; official transcript or equivalent required
  • Secondary Teaching Certificate - the coursework required for obtaining, but applicant must continue to hold the secondary teaching certification
  • Out-of-State Instructor Certification - must continue to hold out-of-state certification to be given credit for coursework
  • Exam - Pass an approved instructor exam
    • State Exam - Texas EMS Instructor exam
    • Approved Equivalent Exam - applicants who submit course information establishing that the exam administered by the instructor course coordinator was approved by DSHS do not have to sit for the state exam
    • Current Certification from DSHS-Approved Course - applicants who hold current certification and submit documentation of completion of an out-of-state, NAEMSE, TCFP, US Military course do not have to sit for our state exam
    • Education Degree and Teaching Certificate Holders - applicants who hold current certification and submit documentation of completion of an out-of-state, NAEMSE, TCFP, US Military course do not have to sit for our state exam
    • Note: Skills Orientation Session No Longer Required - Instructors are responsible for administering skills proficiency verification, as assigned or delegated by the course coordinator, but documentation of a skills orientation training session is no longer required for certification

Certification Status

After you take the exam you may monitor the certification search page for your state certification status. 

The web page will not show your exam score. It will provide state application status information, i.e. "Certified" if you pass the exam AND all requirements have been met, or "Pending deficiencies" if there are deficiencies on your state application. The state office will not receive notice of your NR deficiencies. NR will contact you directly. If you have questions about your state application deficiencies, please contact our office at 512-834-6700 (select option 2). 

 If you need an exam accommodation, you will be required to submit a separate request to the NR office. You will be required to meet the NR policy requirements for exam accommodations.

Certificate

You can expect to receive your Texas instructor certificate and ID card approximately four to six weeks after submitting your COMPLETED state application form, if all requirements are met. If your application is incomplete, your certification will be delayed and you will be notified in writing by EMS Certification.

Renewal

To ensure a timely renewal you need to complete and submit an application (available online or paper) and fee prior to expiration. 

EMS Instructor fees:

Within 12 mos prior to expiration date: $34

Within 90 days after expiration date- $49

Within 91 days to 1 year after expiration date- $64 

EMS Info Operator Instructor fees:

Within 12 mos prior to expiration date: $64

Within 90 days after expiration date- $94

Within 91 days to 1 year after expiration date- $124 

Applications submitted after 1 year of expiration are not eligible for renewal.  Applicants must repeat initial course requirements.
Rules and policies

EMS certification/licensure rules and policies are located at Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 157. The instructor rule is Sec. 157.44

 


 

Contact us

If you have questions about your state instructor certification status, you may contact us at emscert@dshs.state.tx.us; phone: 512-834-6700 (select option 2); or fax: 512-834-6714. 
Written correspondence can be mailed to: Department of State Health Services, Attn: EMS, MC2835, PO Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347.

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Last updated June 25, 2014