Prerequisites for certification as an EMS education coordinator are:
Be a minimum of 21 years of age.
Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
Hold current Virginia EMS certifications as an EMT or higher level Virginia EMS certification.
Have three years medical experience with a minimum of two years verified field experience as an EMS provider at the appropriate EMS level or two years of current Virginia licensure as a registered nurse, physician assistant, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or doctor of medicine.
Must not have any EMS compliance enforcement actions within the previous five years
Eligible EMS education coordinator candidates will submit an application to include endorsement from an EMS physician.
Upon receipt and verification of the application, the eligible EMS education coordinator candidate will receive an eligibility to test letter and must complete a written and practical examination.
The EMS education coordinator application is valid for a period of two years from either primary test attempt date or 180 days after the application is approved, whichever is less. During this period of time, the candidate cannot submit another EMS education coordinator application.
An EMS education coordinator candidate written testing process shall have a primary and secondary attempt.
Primary written testing attempt is the first attempt at the EMS education coordinator written testing process.
Primary retest requires the candidate to retest the written test within 90 days of the date the primary test was attempted.
Secondary written testing occurs when a candidate fails the primary attempt and either fails the primary retest or does not retest within 90 days of the primary written attempt.
Secondary written test eligibility is initiated 90 days from the date of the failed primary retest or 180 days after the date of the failed primary test, whichever is less.
Secondary written retest requires the candidate to retest the written test within 90 days of the date the secondary test was attempted.
An EMS education coordinator candidate practical testing process shall have a primary and secondary attempt which cannot begin before the written primary test.
Primary practical testing attempt is the first attempt at the EMS education coordinator practical testing process.
Primary retest requires the candidate to retest that portion of the practical test failed. Same day retesting is allowed only if the candidate fails less than 75% of the practical test.
Secondary practical testing is initiated after practical primary retest failure and requires the candidate test all practical stations.
Secondary retest requires the candidate to retest that portion of the practical test failed. Same day retesting is allowed only if the candidate fails less than 75% of the secondary attempt on the practical testing.
After successfully completing the written and practical examination, the qualified eligible EMS education coordinator candidate shall attend training as required by OEMS.
All components of the EMS education coordinator certification process must be completed within two years from the end of the month of the primary test attempt or 180 days after approved and eligibility for testing is initiated, whichever is less.
If you meet the prerequisites, the next step would be to secure your Eligiblity Letter from the EMS Portal and register with your local Regional EMS Council to take the EMS Education Coordinator Pre-Test. Candidates can register online to take the EMS Education Coordinator Pre-Test by clicking here.
All qualified and endorsed EMS Education Coordinator Candidates who have passed the written Pre-Test are invited to a practical exam. Qualified, endorsed EMS Education Coordinator Candidates are invited to the next Instructor Institute based on the location and number of slots available. Traditionally we hold three Institutes a year, one in the winter, summer and fall. The Institute is 5 days, Saturday through Wednesday.
Providers who have current VDFP Instructor I or higher or a Masters Degree in Education may be exempt from some portions of the Institute. If you have these qualifications, please contact the Office of EMS for more information - 804-888-9120.
How long the process can take depends on where we are in our annual process as you begin your journey. You can see the deadlines to pass the written exam and dates/locations of the Institutes on our website:
The Office holds the winter Institute in metro Richmond, the summer Institute in conjunction with the VAVRS Rescue College at VA Tech and the fall Institute in metro Richmond. Practical exams are generally held in the same region as the upcoming Institute.
The only cost associated with the process is travel, food and lodging for the practical and time spent at the Institute. The amount varies depending on where we hold the Institute.