EMT Initial Certification

EMT INITIAL CERTIFICATION - An individual shall be eligible for EMT-1 certification upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Be 18 years of age.
  2. Apply for certification within two years of EMT course completion.
  3. Complete an Alameda County EMT Certification Application.
  4. Submit a copy of your course completion certificate from an EMT training program. Out-of-state applicants see Section 3. Listing of national accreditation by CECBEMS.
  5. Submit a copy of your current NREMT card and your NREMT certificate.
  6. Submit a copy of your California Department of Justice and FBI Live Scan background report.
  7. See our Background Check policy for more information. This will cost approximately $76.00 total for both reports.

    Live Scan Application > (print 2 copies, one for the live scan agency and one to send to the EMS Agency with your application).

    Background Check Information Packet (how to complete the form).

    Location of Live Scan Agencies (where to get your fingerprints done) - this link takes you to the DOJ website and shows all locations statewide.

  8. Submit a copy of a photo ID: current driver’s license, ID card, or valid military ID card.
  9. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $140 .00 by money order, cashier's check or online payment. The application fee includes $ 65 .00 for Alameda County EMS and $75.00 for the state’s Emergency Medical Services Authority.
  10. An EMT certificate will be issued upon successful completion of these steps. The expiration date shall be two years from the date of your passing the NREMT exam. An EMT certificate issued by Alameda County EMS is valid statewide.
  11. Duplicate Card Fee of $30 is required before a duplicate card request is processed.  You can pay by money order, cashier's check or online payment.
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