EMS Providers in Reentry


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
    • BLS providers must complete any remaining required 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
  • 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.