Recertifying your Virginia EMS Credential

To maintain your EMS certification in Virginia, EMS providers must complete and submit the state requirements for recertification PRIOR TO THEIR CERTIFICATION EXPIRATION.  Recertification requires that the Office of EMS receives all continuing education (CE) requirements prior to the providers EMS certification expiration to prevent the provider from being placed in re-entry status.

In order to recertify your EMS credential in Virginia, you must meet the continuing education (CE) requirements for your certification level prior to your certification expiration date.

  • You can check your CE report online, in your Virginia EMS Portal, 24/7/365.
  • Virginia does not require providers to maintain their National Registry certification.
  • Should you desire to maintain your National Registry certification; visit for more information on their recertification process.

Need help finding a CE course?

EMS Providers can locate local continuing education (CE) courses by searching our EMS Training Course Locator webpage.  CE can also be gained online, for more information, visit the following webpage:  Web-based CE

Have you completed all your CE Requirements?

Once you have met all of your CE requirements; you have two options to complete your recertification:

  1. Log into your EMS Provider Portal and click “Recertify Me” OR
  2. At the beginning of month of your expiration, the system will automatically recertify you and we will mail your new certification card out by the 5th of each month.

Click here for a Quick Guide on How to Recertify On-Demand.

If you have any questions about recertification, please contact Debbie Akers.

Providers with Certification through Legal Recognition

Providers who gained Virginia certification through Legal Recognition must complete the written and practical examination; in addition to completing the CE hours required.

Virginia Recertification Requirements

The specific CE hours and content areas for recertification are listed below by level. If you gained your certification by Legal Recognition, additional recertification requirements are required and can be found below.  Click the link below which correlates to your certification level or method of entry into Virginia’s EMS system.

BLS Recertification Requirements

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ALS Recertification Requirements

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Legal Recognition Recertification Requirements

BLS providers who obtain their EMS certification through legal recognition must complete the required Virginia EMS continuing education criteria prior to their certification expiration date AND pass both the National Registry Cognitive (written) exam and Virginia psychomotor (practical) examination.

Additional information on the testing requirements can be found here: BLS Testing Requirements – Re-entry

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EMS Providers in Re-entry

Providers whose Virginia certification has lapsed are considered to be in  re-entry status which is a two-year period in which a Virginia provider is not certified and may not practice at the lapsed level of certification, but may complete all remaining CE requirements and test to regain their certification.

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) & Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Providers
  • Advanced EMT and Paramedic Providers
  • Intermediate Providers
    • Intermediates losing their Intermediate certification do retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification for two (2) years from the date of expiration of your Intermediate certification level.  The National Registry of EMT’s eliminated the Intermediate certification level beginning in 2013 with a 6 year phased approach.  As of January 1, 2020, the National Registry no longer offers an Intermediate Assessment exam, therefore the Office has eliminated the possibility for reentry at this level.

Virginia providers in reentry may not use National Registry Reciprocity to regain a lapsed certification.

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