Certification Testing

National Registry Cognitive Examinations

  • NREMT currently offers two different options for taking the cognitive exams: face-to-face exams at a Pearson VUE Testing Center and remotely proctored exams making use of Pearson OnVUE.
    • Candidates, when applying for their cognitive exam have the opportunity to select whether they would like to take their exam face-to-face exams at a Pearson VUE Testing Center or a remotely proctored exam on Pearson OnVUE.
    • If a candidate decides to change their method of testing from face-to-face to Pearson OnVUE or vice versa, they can do so, however the issuance of a new ATT letter will take at least 24 hours to generate before they can then schedule the examination through the process they have chosen.

BLS Certification Testing

  • Cognitive Exams – The National Registry is working to ramp up Pearson OnVUE Testing remotely proctored cognitive exams the BLS candidates.  For candidates who are unable to access testing at a Pearson Test Center due to lack of available seats, they can begin using Pearson OnVUE May, 12, 2020.  Please direct your candidates to learn more about Pearson OnVUE Remote Proctored Exams by visiting: https://home.pearsonvue.com/nremt/onvue
    • Pearson OnVUE remote proctoring will be temporary, however the National Registry is planning to implement a more permanent remote proctoring solution in 2021.
    • Once a candidate sits for and passes the National Registry Cognitive Exam, they will be issued a full National Registry and Virginia certification.
  • Psychomotor Exams – After careful consideration, the Office of EMS Management Team has decided to cancel all further Consolidated Testing at the BLS level through June 30, 2021 due to Executive Order 51, 53 & 55.  With so many unknown factors in the months ahead and the amount of advanced planning and commitment required to hold a CTS, we determined cancellation to be in the best interest of the health, safety and well-being of all participants.  Students will receive guidance from their Course Coordinator as to how their psychomotor skills will be tested in lieu of Consolidated Testing.

ALS Psychomotor Testing – ALS Psychomotor Test Schedule

  • Advanced EMT Programs
    • Cognitive Exams – The National Registry is working to ramp up Pearson OnVUE remotely proctored cognitive exams the Advanced EMT candidates For candidates who are unable to access testing at a Pearson Test Center due to lack of available seats, they can begin using Pearson OnVUE May, 12, 2020.  Please direct your candidates to learn more about Pearson OnVUE Remote Proctored Exams by visiting: https://home.pearsonvue.com/nremt/onvue
      • Pearson OnVUE remote proctoring will be temporary, however the National Registry is planning to implement a more permanent remote proctoring solution in 2021.
      • Once a candidate sits for and passes the National Registry Cognitive Exam, they will be issued a provisional National Registry and provisional Virginia certification.
      • The candidate will have to complete and pass their National Registry psychomotor exam before full National Registry and Virginia certification will be issued.
      • Provisional certifications can be converted to full certification once the COVID-19 threat is mitigated and the student takes and passes their NREMT required psychomotor exam.
    • Psychomotor Exams – The Office will begin working with ALS programs and the National Registry to slowly ramp up ALS psychomotor testing in the Commonwealth once conditions on the ground permit this to happen.  The ALS Testing Calendar on the OEMS website can be found at:   https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/virginia-national-registry-psychomotor-examination-schedule/
  • Paramedic Programs
    • Cognitive Exams – The National Registry is working to ramp up the availability of Pearson VUE Test Centers around the country in order to increase access to the cognitive exam for Paramedic candidates.  Paramedic candidates are required to take their cognitive exam at a Pearson VUE Test Centers—remote proctoring via Pearson OnVUE is not permitted for paramedic candidates.
      • Once a candidate sits for and passes the National Registry Cognitive Exam, they will be issued a provisional National Registry and provisional Virginia certification.
      • The candidate will have to complete and pass their National Registry psychomotor exam before full National Registry and Virginia certification will be issued.
      • Provisional certifications can be converted to full certification once the COVID-19 threat is mitigated and the student takes and passes their NREMT required psychomotor exam.
    • Psychomotor Exams – The Office will begin working with ALS programs and the National Registry to slowly ramp up ALS psychomotor testing in the Commonwealth once conditions on the ground permit this to happen.  The ALS Testing Calendar on the OEMS website can be found at:   https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/virginia-national-registry-psychomotor-examination-schedule/