Competency-based EMT Program

NEW Competency-based EMT Program Tracking Sheet (2017)

On May 5, 2017, the EMS Advisory Board approved a new list of competencies for those programs required or optionally using competency tracking in EMT Courses in Virginia. Current courses should be completed using the legacy list of competencies, but all new Courses beginning after May 5, 2017 should use the new list linked below:

TR-90a EMT Competency Form (Effective for all new Accredited EMT classes starting after May 5, 2017)

Legacy Competency-based EMT Program

In 2006, at the request of several municipal and college based training programs, the Training and Certification Committee opted to begin a pilot program which would allow Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs conducted in established, accredited facilities to be taught by EMS providers who were not certified EMT-Instructors.

The pilot program, conducted from 2006 to 2009, resulted in the development of a state approved, competency-based EMT program.  The pilot program participants were:

  • Prince William County Fire-Rescue
  • Roanoke Valley Regional Fire Training Center
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Connie Purvis and Amherst Life Saving & First Aid Crew

The Virginia Competency-based EMT program, outlined below, requires that individual/training entity offering the program be accredited in order to have non-certified EMT-Instructors teach the program.

Currently certified EMT-Instructors may make use of the program, however without accreditation, they must ensure that a certified EMT-Instructor is present for all instruction as required in the EMS Rules and Regulations 12VAC5-31.

Competency-based EMT Program Outline

Competency-based EMT Program Tracking Sheet

Competency-based EMT Program Scenarios

Special thanks to Jason Ambrose at Tidewater Community College—one of the pilot program participants—for his work updating/refreshing the Pilot Program scenarios listed below to reflect the new Virginia the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Education Standards (VEMSES).