Certification Policies and Procedures
Certification means you have met the standards of the certifying body in credentialing. Certification is recognized by employers, state licensing agencies, and the public as being tied to competency.
State Licensure, on the other hand, is what gives you the right to work in a particular capacity. Nationally certified EMS providers who are not state licensed cannot practice. After you obtain National Certification you must obtain a license to work.
NATIONAL EMS CERTIFICATION LEVELS
First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate/85, EMT-Intermediate/99, Paramedic
National EMS Certification is important to the American Public. It assures them that the EMS professionals providing care are competent. The goal of the NREMT is to offer this assurance to the public. Obtaining National Certification is the best way for you to communicate to the public and your employer that you have demonstrated a national level of competency. National Certification provides a standard that American citizens deserve – at their moment of greatest need.
All NREMT certification levels require successful completion of both cognitive and psychomotor exams. Passed portions of the exam (both cognitive and psychomotor) remain valid for a twelve (12) month period. Applicants not completing the remaining portion of the examination within that twelve month period are required to repeat the invalid portion.
Committed to determining competency in the most fair, accurate and precise method possible, the NREMT uses computer adaptive testing to deliver First Responder, EMT-Basic, and Paramedic examinations. With computer adaptive testing (CAT), each question is tailored to the individual candidate. This means that if you answer the question correctly, the next question can be slightly more challenging. If you answer a question incorrectly, the following question will be slightly easier. With each question you are asked, the computer algorithm statistically re-estimates your ability. This estimate gets more and more precise as the exam progresses. This means no two exams are exactly alike. The exam, however is designed so that all competent candidates can pass. The number of items a candidate can expect on the exams and maximum amount of time given to complete the examination vary by exam.