Initial EMT Certification:

There are two methods to apply for initial certification of all levels of EMT. The recommended method is online, using the eLicensing system.

  • Online: eLicensing allows online submission of applications and payment via credit card or eCheck (bank routing information). The application process can be tracked using this method.
    Typical processing time: 3-5 business days

Step by step instructions can be downloaded here:
Initial Certification Instructions (using eLicensing) pdf format of Initial Certification Instructions (using eLicensing) file size 1MB docx format of Initial Certification Instructions (using eLicensing) file size 2MB

Online website can be found here: 
www.mass.gov/dph/oems/elicensing

  • Paper: For any candidate who wishes to submit an initial application via paper, this option still exists but comes with a longer processing timeline.
    Typical processing time: 3-4 business weeks

           Paper Certification Forms can be found below:

Supplemental Forms (Online and Paper Application)

EMT Basic

Advanced EMT

EMT Paramedic


This information is provided by the Office of Emergency Medical Services within the Department of Public Health.