EMT Training Florida (FL)

EMT Training

If you are looking for Paramedic specific information then take a look at Paramedic Training in FL.

The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed EMT in the State of Florida:

  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma
  • Florida Department of Health approved Emergency Medical Technician training certificate
  • Complete state approved CPR certification
  • Criminal background check, criminal records may result in rejection
  • NREMT certification
  • Valid drivers license not a requisite for an EMT license but may be required for better job prospects

Step 1

Find a local approved training facility and register for the EMT Basic training. Prior to contacting the training facility you should get proof of immunization and verify with the training facility what other immunizations you will need prior to registering.

It is very important that you only register for an approved training program at a state approved facility, as non-approved courses will not be accepted for an EMT license. For a list of Florida state approved training facilities see this link: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/demo/EMS/TrainTest/TrainPDFs/175StateApprovedTrainingProg2-28-11.pdf

Training duration varies by provider, but are usually spread over an 3 to 4 month period and cost usually ranges between $1,000 and $1,500.

Step 2

EMT license applicants must pass the NREMT exams, which are made up of two parts, a written cognitive exam and a psychomotor exam. For the written exam you will need to register with the NREMT (http://www.nremt.org) and pay the $70 application fee. When you are ready to take the exam you will need to get in touch with Pearson Vue (http://www.vue.com) who provide the computer based testing for the NREMT exam.

For the psychomotor examination you should check with your EMT training provider whether they are able to provide such certification in conjunction with the EMT course. Note that fees for this certificate may apply.

Once you have received certification for both exams you will be issued with an NREMT certificate which is valid for 2 years; this certificate is needed for the state EMT license application.

For some tips and recommendations on preparing for these exams take a look at our Preparing For NREMT Exams page.

Step 3

EMT Training Florida (FL)

In order to speed up the registration process you can submit the application prior to completing training and exams. You will need to fill in details of the training program you plan to take as well as your NREMT candidate number. The EMS will be able to complete data entry, fee processing and background check. Once you have completed training and the exams you can contact the Department of Health and inform them of the details.

In order to submit an application you must do the following:

  1. The most efficient way is to submit your application electronically here: https://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/DOHInitialApp/login.aspx
  2. Make sure you correctly fill in the EMT course and NREMT candidate details
  3. Make payment for $35 fee (check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health)

Alternatively you are able to apply by post as follows:

  1. Complete the “Initial certification/licensure application for EMS personnel” form available here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm
  2. Make sure you correctly fill in the EMT course and NREMT candidate details
  3. Include payment of $35 fee (check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health)

Step 4

EMT Applicants must undergo a criminal background check as part of the application process. You will have to go through the background check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Details about the back ground check will be sent to you by the Florida Department of Health once they receive your application.

Knowing all these steps in advance will greatly help in planning your training and ensuring a quick and efficient process as possible.

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