The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed EMT in the State of Massachusetts:
- 18 years of age
- Criminal background check, criminal records may result in rejection; if you have a criminal record it’s best to contact your local EMS Agency before you invest time and money
- 110 hours EMT Basic training
- CPR course certificate
- Pass EMT-B examinations
- Valid drivers license not a requisite for an EMT license but may be required for better job prospects
Find a local approved training facility and register for the 110 hour 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 full list of approved training providers see here: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/licensing/programs/emt-training-inst/public-health-oems-training-institutions.html
Training programs are usually spread over a 3 to 6 month period and cost usually ranges between $1,000 and $1,500.
A lot of approved training facilities also offer CPR certification courses. It would make sense for an applicant to choose a training facility that does indeed offer both the EMT and CPR training courses.
Upon completion you will receive a certificate that is needed for the state EMT license application.
A criminal background check has to be completed in order to successfully apply for an EMT license. Details of how to initiate the background check will be supplied by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and also by your training provider.
At the start of the training program you will receive the EMT certification application form which must be filled out and returned to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Once your application has been accepted you will be able to register for the practical examination with your training provider, and you will have to pass the exam within 12 months of taking the course. When the practical examination has been passed you will then have to register of the written examination. Note that you have to pass the written exam within 6 months of passing the practical exam.
Examination fees are $150 for the practical exam and $40 for the written one, plus a registration fee of $55.
Once all the examinations and certifications have been completed you will be issued an EMT-B license by the the Massachusetts EMS Agency.
Knowing all these steps in advance will greatly help in planning your training and ensuring a quick and efficient process as possible.