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EMS Certification and Reciprocity Frequently Asked Questions

Information on obtaining Reciprocity in New York State

Information on obtaining a Verification of NYS EMS certification

Information on New York State EMS Exam Registration

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding New York State EMS Certification

Q: How do I get a replacement certification card in case mine is lost or destroyed?

A: There are two ways that you can obtain a duplicate copy of your certification card:

  • You can complete the Duplicate Card Request Form.
  • You can also submit a signed written request that includes your social security number, date of birth and current mailing address to the Certifcation Unit of the Bureau of EMS.
  • Either option can be mailed or faxed to the following:
    New York State Department of Health
    Bureau of EMS
    875 Central Avenue
    Albany, NY 12206-1388
    Fax (518) 402-0985

Q: How do I obtain a verification of my NYS certification?

A: You may obtain a verification of your NYS certification:

  • By completing the Certification Verification Request.
  • The request can be mailed or faxed to the following:
    New York State Department of Health
    Bureau of EMS
    875 Central Avenue
    Albany, NY 12206-1388
    Fax (518) 402-0985

Q: How do I change the name on my NYS Certification?

A: You must submit a signed written request that includes your social security number, date of birth and current mailing address to the Certifcation Unit of the Bureau of EMS at the above address indicating the name as it appears on your current certification and the name you wish it to be changed to. This request should also indicate your NYS EMS Certificate number. This request may also be submitted by fax at the above number.
As indicated above E-mailed requests can not be honored as the request must include your signature.

Q: Where can I find the scope of practice document for a NYS DOH Bureau of EMS Certified First Responder/EMT/AEMT?

A: New York State does not have a specific scope of practice document for the CFR/EMT/AEMT. Instead, in NYS, scope of practice for the CFR/EMT/AEMT is defined by curriculum, protocol, and physician medical direction at the EMS agency, region, and State levels. In order to determine whether a particular skill falls within the EMS provider's scope of practice, one would need to refer to the appropriate curriculum and protocol.

Q: How long is my NYS certification valid for?

A: Normally your certificate is valid for 37 months from the last day of the month that you passed your certification examination.

Q: I have taken my NYS written examination, how long will it take to obtain my results and certification and can I find my results on the web?

A: Your results will arrive in four to six weeks. Do not call the Bureau of EMS or your EMS area office as the results are not available to you over the phone under any circumstances and they are not posted on the web.

Q: Can I get an extension if my card expires and I am enrolled in a course?

A: No, Your certification can only be extended if you took your NYS written examination prior to the expiration of your certification and are awaiting your new certificate.

Q: Can I obtain Reciprocity in New York State if I am a Nationally Registered EMT or Paramedic?

A: No, You can only obtain reciprocity from another state or approved U.S. Military program. You may still apply with your national registry and you will be issued a letter that allows you to enroll in a NYS Refresher Course.

Q: How do I register for On Site Scoring?

A: You can call 1-800-628-0193. Be sure to have your course number and student Identification number when you call.

Q: How do I reschedule taking my state written certification examination?

A: As above you call 1-800-628-0193. Be sure to have your course number and student Identification number when you call.

Q: How do I obtain a letter verifying that my certification is valid or that I completed a NYS EMS course for an employer or college?

A: Submit a signed request to the Certification unit at the above address please remember to include your social security number, date of birth and current mailing address. As with other requests these may not be submitted by E-mail.

Q: I want to become certified but I have a criminal conviction, what do I need to do?

A: The Bureau of EMS will not clear an individual for certification until they have enrolled in an EMS course. Once an unsigned application is submitted, you will be contacted by a Bureau of EMS Representative to obtain information from you regarding your conviction. It is recommended you review Bureau of EMS Policy Statement 09-05 Certification for Individuals With Criminal Convictions for additional information.

Extension of EMS Certification for Military Service

Q: I was released from active military duty February 20, 2008 and my EMT-Basic certification expires September 30, 2008. Am I eligible for an extension of my certification?

A: No. Your certification must have expired while on active duty or within six months after being released from active military duty.

Q: I was released from active military duty on April 2, 2008 and my EMT-Basic certification expired October 31, 2008. The Bureau of EMS only extended my certification through April 30, 2009. Shouldn't I have received an extension through October 31, 2009?

A: No. Your extended certification expiration date is always based upon the date of your release from active military duty.

Q: I was issued an extension of my EMT-Paramedic certification through November 30, 2008 after coming home from Iraq. I have just learned that I am being called to active duty again October 7, 2008 and will be sent to Afghanistan. Am I eligible for another extension of my certification when I return from Afghanistan in 2009?

A: Yes. As long as your EMT-Paramedic certification expires while you are on active duty or within the six months immediately following your release from military duty. All you need do is reapply submitting the DOH-4281 form and a copy of your official military separation documentation (i.e. DD-214 or Statement 2A).

Q: My Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) certification expired while I was in Iraq on active military duty orders. Does this mean I am eligible for an extension of my CIC certification?

A: Yes. If your Certified Lab Instructor (CLI) or Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) certification expired while you were on active military duty or within six months of being separated from active military duty and your active duty was for purposes other than training, then your certification may be extended for twelve months from your separation from service date as evidenced by your DD-214 or Statement 2A.

CFR/EMT/AEMT Recertification

Q: I was certified many years ago as an EMT in the State of New York but my certification has long since expired. Do I have to enroll in an EMT-Basic original course in order to recertify or am I eligible for an EMT-Basic challenge refresher course?

A: You are eligible for an EMT-Basic challenge refresher course. Once certified in New York State as a CFR/EMT/AEMT, you are always eligible for a challenge refresher course at or below the highest level of EMS provider certification you once held. Please note that your certification number that was issued to you when you were first certified as an EMS provider in the State of New York remains your EMS identification/certification number for life.

Q: I completed an EMT-Basic refresher course this month and sat for my State EMT-Basic Written Certification Exam 01/15/2009. I have not yet received the results of my State exam and my EMT-Basic certification expires 01/31/2009. What happens if I don't receive my results on or before 01/31/2009?

A: In this case, under the provisions of State Administrative Procedures Act, you have made timely application for recertification and remain certified as an EMT-Basic until you receive the results of your State exam (failure letter or EMT-Basic certification card) in writing from the NYS DOH BEMS.

Americans With Disabilities Act

Q: I have a learning disability in the area of reading comprehension/reading decoding. Am I eligible for testing modifications during my CFR/EMT/AEMT course?

A: Maybe. Please contact your Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) or Course Sponsor Administrator for more information on their Americans with Disabilities Act policies and procedures.

Q: I am unable to perform a patient assessment or apply a traction splint on the floor due to a physical disability. Can I have my evaluator move the patient from the floor to a table during my NYS EMS Practical Skills Exam in order to perform the assessment or apply the traction splint during my random skills station?

A: No. There are no testing modifications/accommodations permitted at the NYS DOH BEMS Practical Skills Exam as the ability to bend, stoop and crawl is an essential function of a certified EMS provider in the State of New York. However, use of aids that can be brought to the patient's side (i.e. amplified stethoscope) may be utilized with the prior knowledge of the Practical Skills Examination Coordinator.

Q: I have a learning disability in the area of reading comprehension/reading decoding and received testing modifications during high school. Am I eligible for testing modifications during my NYS DOH BEMS written certification exam?

A: Maybe. A copy of your most recent Individualized Education Program or standardized psycho-educational assessment (including test scores) should be forwarded with a written and signed request for the testing modifications to NYS EMS at 875 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206-1388 at least six weeks prior the NYS DOH BEMS written certification exam. Please note that NYS DOH BEMS does not grant or allow for readers at the NYS DOH BEMS written certification exam due to the fact that the ability to function independently is an essential function of a certified EMS provider in the State of New York.

Certified Lab Instructor and Certified Instructor Coordinator Recertification

Q: I was a Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) but my certification expired. Do I have to enroll in another CIC course in order to be recertified?

A: No. However, you will be required to complete an internship if you have not been the CIC of record for a NYS DOH BEMS approved CFR/EMT/AEMT course within the past three years. You will also need to successfully complete a 6 hour NYS EMS Certified Instructor Update (CIU) and complete, sign, and submit a DOH-3508 Application for Instructor Recertification. Please refer to NYS DOH BEMS Policy Statement 11-09 for more information on instructor recertification and contact the Bureau of EMS at 518-402-0996 extension 1 prompt 4 for the DOH-3508 and other internship related forms.

Q: I was a Certified Lab Instructor but my certification has expired. Do I need to enroll in another CLI course in order to be recertified?

A: No. As long as you have been teaching as a non-certified lab instructor for at least one NYS DOH BEMS approved CFR/EMT/AEMT course within the past three years; have successfully completed a 6 hour NYS EMS CIU; and have been "actively involved in the provision of direct, hands-on, pre-hospital patient care" for at least one of the past three years you may complete, sign where appropriate, and submit a DOH-3508 Application for Instructor Recertification. Please refer to NYS DOH BEMS Policy Statement 11-09 for more information on instructor recertification and contact the Bureau of EMS at 518-402-0996 extension 1 prompt 4 for the DOH-3508 form.

CME Recertification Program

Q: I am a NYS DOH BEMS Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) approved to teach at the EMT-Basic level and am currently teaching an EMT-Basic Core content class. Can I use this teaching time toward my own EMT-Basic recertification?

A: Yes. If you are teaching at the level at which you are certified, you are eligible to receive credit (hour for hour) for the curriculum you teach. However, you must have another CIC sign your CME Recertification form. Any hours you do not teach are not eligible hours to be claimed unless you are listed as a student and complete all requirements for that core content session.

Q: I am currently certified in NYS as an EMT-Basic. I am also certified and practicing in Florida as an EMT-Basic and have just attended an out of state refresher class there. Can I use the hours from this refresher course toward the core content and recertify in NYS through the CME Program?

A: No. You must be practicing with a NYS DOH BEMS recognized agency approved to participate in the CME program. Secondly, as stated in the Administration Manual; A NYS CIC must oversee all Core Refresher training, and has sole responsibility for the content of each session.