EMS Coordinator - Instructor Certification

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2020 Coordinator Course

DSHS will hold the 2020 EMS Coordinator Course in conjunction with the Texas EMS Educators Summit. The Texas EMS Educators Summit will handle course registration. The Coordinator Course will be held April 22 - 23 and the EMS Educators Summit starts on April 24th. 



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Initial Coordinator Certification & Renewal

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 cannot coordinate courses above their personnel certification level. 

Coordinator Application

Apply online

Requirements for coordinator certification

Basic Coordinator Certification Eligibility:

  • Have been certified as an EMT or higher for at least 4 consecutive years 
  • 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
  • Pass state written examination within one year of course completion
  • Submit online basic course coordinator application, fee, and required documentation within 1 year of course completion 

Advanced Coordinator Certification Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have been certified/licensed as a paramedic for at least 4 consecutive years 
  • Have an associate, bachelor or advanced degree
  • Have been a certified EMS instructor for at least four consecutive years
  • Have documented at least 240 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 an online basic course coordinator application, fee, and required documentation within 1 year of course completion  

** 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.

Coordinator Renewal

To ensure a timely renewal you need to apply online  prior to expiration. 

EMS educators must complete, maintain and provide proof, if requested, of the required observation or providing of at least 8 hours of emergency medical care by a licensed EMS provider, first responder organization or clinical site for your last certification period. See EMS Rules for course coordinators or instructors for more information.

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.

Initial Instructor Certification & Renewal


Instructor Application

Apply online

Requirements for Instructor Certification

Initial Instructor Certification Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have a current 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
  • Pro-Board Courses - any Pro-Board instructor course, but the applicant must hold a current Pro-Board instructor certification 
  • A degree in secondary or higher education - the coursework required for obtaining; official or unofficial transcript is required 
  • Secondary Teaching Certificate - the coursework required for obtaining, but applicant must have a current secondary teaching certification
  • Out-of-State Instructor Certification - must have a current out-of-state certification  
  • Exam - Pass an approved instructor exam 

Certification Status:

After you submit your online application, you may monitor the certification search page for your state certification status.  

Application processing may take up to 4 weeks. However, processing times may be delayed for incomplete applications. 

Certificate

You can expect to receive your Texas instructor or coordinator certificate and ID card approximately 2 weeks from the approval date and is dependent on the USPS delivery date and time.


Instructor Renewal

To ensure a timely renewal you need to complete and submit an application online and fee prior to expiration.  EMS educators must complete, maintain and provide proof, if requested, of the required observation or providing of at least 8 hours of emergency medical care by a licensed EMS provider, first responder organization or clinical site for your last certification period. See EMS Rules for course coordinators or instructors for more information.
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
Contact us: If you have questions about your state instructor certification status, you may contact us at emscert@dshs.texas.gov; 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.  
Last updated January 14, 2020