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Guide COVID-19 and MA EMS Certification

Information and resources on the certification of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics, including temporary certification, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Certifications With Expiration Date of April 1, 2020

Certifications with expiration date of  April 1, 2020 have been extended until June 30, 2021.

If your certification was set to expire April 1, 2020, but you did not complete the education requirements by June 30, 2020, you will need to gain NREMT certification using your current MA EMS certification. In order to gain NREMT certification:

EMT Basic:

  • Apply for National Registry certification and complete their entry education and cognitive exam requirements. You can find more about the NREMT certification process on their website at www.nremt.org.
  • Complete a Psychomotor Skills Verification in lieu of a state-approved practical exam with your agency training officer or an instructor/coordinator at any Accredited Training Institution in MA. Learn more about psychomotor skills verification.
  • Once you obtain National Registry certification, submit an initial MA EMS application on paper.¬†Please visit our initial certification page for detailed instructions and information about the certification process.

Advanced EMT or EMT Paramedic:

  • Apply for National Registry certification and complete their entry education and cognitive and psychomotor exam requirements. You can find more about the NREMT certification process on their website at www.nremt.org.

MA EMS Certification Expiring 2021

  • Follow the recertification requirements for your level. Click here for recertification guides and additional information.
  • The Distributive Education restrictions have been waived for the 2021 recertification cycle. All education may be completed using distributive education.
  • Your certification has been extended until June 30, 2021, however, you must complete your education and submit training profile by March 31, 2021.

Certification Pathways During COVID-19

  • If you hold current National Registry (not provisional) certification and wish to gain MA EMS certification, click here
  • If your MA EMS certification has expired and you wish to reinstate (not temporary certification) your expired certification, click here.

Duration of Temporary EMT Certification

As of June 14, 2021, the Commissioner of Public Health has rescinded her Order of April 3, 2020, under which the temporary certification of EMTs was authorized. She has issued a new Order, under which all previously issued temporary EMT certifications will remain valid until September 15, 2021 to allow time for the holders of these temporary certifications to apply for full EMT certification. The Department is no longer issuing any new temporary certifications. If you do not obtain full EMT certification by September 15th, 2021, you will not be able to operate as an EMT as your certification will have expired.

If you wish to gain full certification, there is a pathway for you to do so, by obtaining National Registry Certification as a current state certified EMT. If you already have NREMT certification, simply apply using the paper initial application.

Please contact the National Registry for specific application instructions for a current state certified EMT. You can contact them at 614-888-4484 or support@nremt.org.

Contact

Office of Emergency Medical Services
67 Forest Street, Suite 100
Marlborough, MA 01752
Email: oems.recert@mass.gov
Fax: 617-753-7320

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