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 www.nremt.org 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:
- Log into your EMS Provider Portal and click “Recertify Me” OR
- 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
ALS Recertification Requirements
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
EMS Providers in Re-entry
Providers whose Virginia certification has lapsed are considered to be in re-entry status. Re-entry 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.
BLS providers must complete any remaining Virginia EMS continuing education criteria AND pass both the National Registry Cognitive (written) exam and Virginia psychomotor (practical) examination prior to the end of their reentry period to regain their lapsed certification. Click this link for specific instructions regarding the testing requirements: BLS Testing Requirements – Re-entry
ALS providers must complete any remaining Virginia EMS continuing education criteria AND pass the National Registry Cognitive (written) exam prior to the end of their reentry period to regain their lapsed certification. Click this link for specific instructions regarding the testing requirements: ALS Testing Requirements – Re-entry
Virginia providers in reentry may not use National Registry Reciprocity to regain a lapsed certification.