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All EMS providers in the District must be currently certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), and they must maintain NREMT certification to maintain District Certification. Additionally, all District EMS providers must be sponsored by a certified District EMS response organization or educational institution. The application must be signed by the Medical Director of the sponsoring institution, verifying your sponsorship by the organization.
The Department of Health does not provide EMT training. We certifiy the educational institutions that provide EMT training in the District. If you are interested in obtaining training as an EMS provider, there is a listing of certified training centers at the bottom of this page. Please contact the individual training centers on this list to obtain information about upcoming courses, entry requirements and costs.
Select the certification level you wish to apply for from the menu on the left (Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate and Paramedic) to view the requirements for certification. Submit the appropriate application, copies of the required documents, and the appropriate fee to the EMS Division of the Department of Health to be considered for certification as a DC EMS Provider.
Beginning in February 2014, a new online application process was instituted. During the initial rollout of this process, only "Initial" and "Out of State" applications can utilize this system. Those providers eligible to use the system will receive an e-mail granting them access to the system. The online application can be accessed through https://octo.quickbase.com/db/bhve4cqj2.
We have created a handbook that will help guide users through the online application process. That handbook also describes the entire application process, from the initial entry of the provider's information, through submission of the application, continuing through the approval process and issuance of the certification card. The handbook is available for download below.