Florida EMS Association
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FL Certification

Florida requires that an EMT program course completion be conducted at a Bureau approved school. The course must follow the NHTSA guidelines along with requirements from Florida. Typically, the EMT program is 16-weeks and consists of lecture, skills lab, rescue rides, and hospital clinical rotations. Upon completion of the program the student will be allowed to complete the EMT state exam that is provided by National Registry. When successful completion of the written is done, the EMT receives a National Registry and Florida certification. Maintaining your Florida certification is mandatory if you desire to continue working as an EMT Florida. You only have one year from date of program completion to pass the exam for state certification.

To become a Paramedic in Florida you must possess an EMT certification usually by the 10th week of the Paramedic program. Upon completion of the Paramedic program at a state approved school, the participant will need to take the Florida Paramedic exam.

If you come from another state you may apply to take Florida's exam after meeting the qualifications as spelt out in the application. Please see: //www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/licensing-ems-education/index.html 

A social security number required to take a Florida Exam.  You must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Further official information on certification and recertification, go to: //www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/licensing-ems-education/index.html


The State of Florida requires that all EMTs and Paramedics recertify every two years with an expiration on December 1st of every even year. A minimum of thirty-hours of continuing EMS education is required with two hours before November 30th. Before you renew, all hours must be completed and requirements requirements before you renew and pay. If you renew before you complete the hours, and you are audited, you can be fined and possibly place your certification in jeopardy. The hours must be performed by an approved Florida EMS training school, a Bureau approved Vendor, or approved by an EMS Medical Director.

Hours you complete can apply towards National Registry in the specified areas as directed by National Registry.