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EMS Continuing Education and Recertification Frequently Asked Questions

Registration and Requirements

How do you register, and what prerequisites and corequisites are required for each course?

These courses usually have no additional fees and many providers are fee exempt. Therefore, the online Public Safety registration form may be utilized for course registration. Up to three courses may be typed into the boxes. Please note that Social Security numbers are not necessary; however, agency affiliation and position (EMT, Advanced EMT (Intermediate), Firefighter, Police Officer, etc.) must be completed to determine registration fee wavier status. If this form is utilized for registration and additional fees apply, students will be contacted upon receipt of the form and notified of funds owed.

Possession of a current EMS credential or other healthcare training is strongly recommended; however, anyone may register for online EMS Continuing Education courses.

You will not be here for registration. Can someone else register you?

Anyone may register for you. The Public Safety registration form must be submitted for registration. Make sure that the person registering for you has the correct registration fees.

Textbooks and materials

What books do you need?

Current edition of EMS texts may be used as reference material; however, additional textbook purchase is not required unless specified.

Recertification of EMS Credentials

What is required to maintain your EMS provider credential?

Individuals who hold a current EMS credential are required to receive continuing education hours to maintain their credential. Specific EMS systems and agencies set the number of hours which incumbents must receive (usually 96 hours every four years, or 24 hours a year) to allow for recredentialling. Individuals who hold a NC EMS credential and are not affiliated with an EMS agency may contact the EMS program director of their local community college or the NC Office of EMS to recredential their NC EMS credential. Proof of EMS continuing education is requested at the time of the recredential request. This process may begin no earlier than 90 days prior to credential expiration.

Individuals who possess a National Registry EMS certification must follow the prescription for reregistration as set by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Provider refresher courses taken must also be state approved according to the National Registry. EMS continuing education must be taken to meet the topic hours requirements according to the National Registry documents for each level.

Please note that recertification and recredentialling are the responsibility of the individual. Providers must keep up with all EMS continuing education and ensure that they have recredentialed prior to their expiration date.

Your provider certification has lapsed. What are your options?

EMS credentials for NC cycle every four years for individuals, unless the credential was issued by way of reciprocity. Please refer to the NC OEMS website for more information about reciprocity. Providers who are credentialed in NC and have lapsed must take a state approved refresher course at the level of their credential in its entirety within four years of the expiration date and then sit for the state exam so long as they are within four years of the expiration date. Individuals who have let their certification lapse for more than four years will have to retake all levels of initial EMS training again from the beginning.

More information about National Registry certification deadlines can be found on the (NREMT) website.


How do you get a course completion certificate or unofficial transcript?

Course completion certificates for initial provider, refresher, and specialty courses are provided to students at the time of course completion. For online specialty courses, course completion certificates are mailed to students at time of course completion. Course completion certificates are not issued for traditional or online EMS continuing education unless specifically requested by the student. Unofficial transcripts containing EMS courses will have the same information as individual certificates and also include previously completed courses displayed in a more condensed format.

For unofficial transcripts containing EMS courses and continuing education, please contact and allow at least 48 hours lead time for the request.

Registration Fees, Exemptions, and Other Costs

Open Registration

Once the course schedule is available online, you may register at any time prior to the start of the course.

When are registration fees due?

All fees are due at the time of registration. For most courses, registration should be completed no later than one week prior to the course start date.

Which fees are exempt?

The tuition fee is exempt if a student is qualified. Other fees, if applicable, are one-time, non-refundable fees paid by all.

Who is exempt from registration fees?

North Carolina Public Safety Workers as defined by the N.C. General Statues are exempt from the registration fee. Proof of affiliation status must be submitted with the registration form. All others must pay the registration fee.

A letter from the student’s affiliated agency must be provided at the time of registration for any course. For courses that continue more than one semester (e.g. Paramedic), a letter must be provided at the beginning of each semester.

If an agency is paying for your course and books, what do you need to bring to registration?

Bring two copies of the letter authorizing payment to register. One copy is for registration and one copy is for the bookstore if the agency is paying for your books. You do not need to bring any money to registration if you are being sponsored by an agency.

Financial Aid

Is there financial aid available?

If you are unemployed, you may qualify for financial aid under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) by calling 919-560-6880.