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Guide COVID-19 and MA EMS Certification

Information and resources on temporary EMS certifications issued during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

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Duration of Temporary EMT Certification

In accordance with the Commissioner of Public Health’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order 2021-6 issued on August 26, 2021, all previously issued temporary EMT certifications will remain valid until December 31, 2021 to allow time for the holders of these temporary certifications to apply for full EMT certification. The Department will resume issuing new temporary certifications. If you do not obtain full EMT certification by December 31, 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.

In order to prevent a lapse in certification after December 31st, we recommend you obtain NREMT and submit a paper application for certification by December 15, 2021.

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.

How to Apply for MA Temporary EMT Certification

In accordance with the Commissioner of Public Health’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order 2021-6 issued on August 26, 2021, the Department is issuing temporary EMT certification.

MDPH/OEMS will review and verify your eligibility for certification. Only those candidates who meet ALL eligibility requirements will be eligible for this temporary certification. Applications will be returned to those candidates who are not eligible for certification. Please fill out both sides of the form completely and legibly. Sign and date the application form as testimony that all the information presented is accurate to the best of your knowledge.

There is no fee for this application or temporary certification. Current National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) certification is NOT required.

The Department may issue certification to:

  • Currently held EMT certification/licensure, (at any level) in another state, which has not been revoked, suspended, surrendered or are otherwise not in good standing in another state; OR
  • Previously held Massachusetts EMT certification which expired within the last 10 years (at any level). This does not include certifications that have been revoked, suspended or surrendered.
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) card or equivalent, provided by a nationally recognized organization and reflecting current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiac care resuscitation science and treatment recommendations issued by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)’s standards. Course must include in person-hands on training and skills evaluation.
  • Paramedic only: Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card provided by a nationally recognized organization and reflecting current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiac care resuscitation science and treatment recommendations issued by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)’s standards. Course must include in person-hands on training and skills evaluation.

Temporary EMT Certification Application  DOC

Submit the completed application with your required credentials to:

Office of Emergency Medical Services
67 Forest Street, Suite 100
Marlborough, MA 01752

You can also submit the application and required credentials via fax to: 617-753-7320.

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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