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:
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.
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).