EMS & Fire Certifications

Reinstatement Requirements

Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $75.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.

0-90 Days Since Expiration

  • Option 1: Provide proof of CE if completed during certification cycle (cannot be completed after expiration date of original certification)
  • Option 2: Current NREMT certification and completion of Ohio Trauma Triage Course
  • Option 3: Successful completion of the Ohio Assessment/Reinstatement Test (registration and testing administered by NREMT)

90 Days to 3 Years Since Expiration

  • Option 1: Current NREMT certification
  • Option 2: Successful completion of the Ohio Assessment/Reinstatement Test (registration and testing administered by NREMT)

3 Years to 6 Years Since Expiration

  • Option 1: Current NREMT certification and completion of Ohio Refresher Course (contact an Ohio-accredited training institution)
  • Option 2: Current NREMT certification and current certification card from another state
  • Option 3: Successful completion of the Ohio Refresher Course (contact an Ohio-accredited training institution) followed by passing the Ohio Assessment/Reinstatement Test (registration and testing administered by NREMT)

6 Years or More Since Expiration

  • Option 1: The entire course of training must be repeated and an initial application must be submitted
  • Option 2: Reciprocity by holding certification from another state and NREMT (click HERE for reciprocity packets)

Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $75.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.

In addition to reinstatement requirements below, you must possess an active EMS certificate to practice OR hold a current Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or physician assistant, which has been current in 5 of the last 7 years.

0-6 Months Since Expiration

  • Option 1: Provide proof of successful completion of renewal requirements if completed during certification cycle
  • Option 2: Pass the instructional methods (techniques) examination at an EMS-accredited facility within three attempts (RN/PA test at medic level)

6 Months to 1 Year Since Expiration

  • Meet one of the two options listed above and complete 10 hours of supervised teaching under the direct supervision of an EMS Instructor at an EMS-accredited institution

1 Year to 2 Years Since Expiration

  • Meet the requirements of “6 Months to 1 Year Since Expiration” and successfully complete a new 8-hour module in EMS instruction at an EMS-approved facility

2 Years or More Since Expiration

  • Not eligible for reinstatement; if you are certified in another state, you may qualify for reciprocity

The information above is intended to help answer questions about meeting reinstatement for EMS Instructor certification in Ohio. In the event of a discrepancy, the language in the Ohio Administrative Code shall apply.

Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $75.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.

In addition to reinstatement requirements below, you must possess an active EMS certificate to practice OR hold a current Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or physician assistant, which has been current in 3 of the last 5 years.

0-6 Months Since Expiration

  • Complete all renewal requirements for the last certification cycle

6 Months to 2 Years Since Expiration

  • Complete all renewal requirements for the last certification cycle
  • Complete the following within the preceding three years:
    • Pass the instructor knowledge exam at the level of certification (RN/PA at Medic level)
    • Pass the practical skills exam at the level of certification (RN/PA at Medic level)
  • Complete 8 hours of EMS-specific instruction
  • Complete 10 hours of supervised teaching in the presence of an EMS instructor at an EMS accredited institution

2 Years or More Since Expiration

  • Not eligible for reinstatement; if you are certified in another state, you may qualify for reciprocity

The information above is intended to help answer questions about meeting reinstatement for EMS Assistant Instructor certification in Ohio. In the event of a discrepancy, the language in the Ohio Administrative Code shall apply.

Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $25.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.

0 Months to 2 Years Since Expiration

  • Complete required hours for CE and hours for instructing for the last certification cycle and submit proof with your reinstatement application

2 Years or More Since Expiration

  • Repeat the entire course of training and sumbit an initial application

The information above is intended to help answer questions about meeting reinstatement for EMS Assistant Instructor certification in Ohio. In the event of a discrepancy, the language in the Ohio Administrative Code shall apply.

Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Safety Inspector, and Hazard Recognition Officer

  • Expired or surrendered certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-20-08 of the Administrative Code.
  • Revoked certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-20-09 of the Administrative Code.
  • Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $75.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.
  • To reinstate a certificate, an applicant must have previously have held a certificate, at the level of certification sought, that was in good standing at the time the certificate expired.

No More Than 90 Days Since Certificate Expiration

Note: This option is ONLY for those who completed the continuing education requirements BEFORE the certificate expiration date AND if the certificate has been expired for less than 90 days.

Do not submit reinstatement application until all requirements are met.

  1. Provide proof of CE completed during the certification cycle (cannot be completed after expiration date). Proof must have signature of applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program.
  2. Attach proof of CE to completed reinstatement application.

18 Months or Less Since Certificate Expirations

Do not submit reinstatement application until all requirements are met.

  1. Provide proof of CE for the last certification cycle signed by the applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program. CE can be completed after the certificate’s expiration date.
  2. Pass the knowledge examination at your level of certification with a 70 percent or better. If the exam is not passed within 3 attempts, the course of training must be repeated.
  3. After passing the knowledge exam, attach proof of CE signed by the applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program to your completed reinstatement application.

More than 18 Months but not more than 36 Months Since Certificate Expiration

Do not submit reinstatement application until all requirements are met.

  1. Provide proof of CE for the last certification cycle signed by the applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program. CE can be completed after the certificate's expiration date.
  2. Pass the practical examination at your level of certification with a 70 percent or better. If the exam is not passed within 3 attempts, the course of training must be repeated.
  3. Pass the knowledge examination at your level of certification with a 70 percent or better. If the exam is not passed within 3 attempts, the course of training must be repeated.
  4. After passing the practical and knowledge exams , attach proof of CE signed by the applicant’s fire chief or program director to your completed reinstatement application.

More than 36 Months Since Certificate Expiration

  • The applicant is not eligible for reinstatement and the course of training must be repeated.

Acceptable Proof of CE

  • CE Completion Certificate(s) individually signed by the applicant’s fire chief or the program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program; or
  • Training records, if such records include the CE class name, completion date, and respective CE hours. Each page of the training records must be signed, dated and approved for purposes of reinstatement by applicant’s fire chief; or
  • Letter, signed and dated, from the applicant’s fire chief or the program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program, that details the CE class name, completion date, and respective CE hours for purposes of reinstatement.
  • Expired or surrendered certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-21-07 of the Administrative Code.
  • Revoked certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-21-08 of the Administrative Code.
  • Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $75.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.
  • To reinstate a certificate an applicant must have previously have held a certificate, at the level of certification sought, that was in good standing at the time the certificate expired.

No More Than 90 Days Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Provide proof of instructional continuing education (CE) hours completed during the certification cycle (cannot be completed after expiration date). Proof must have signature of applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program.
  2. Provide proof of teaching hours completed during the certification cycle (cannot be completed after expiration date). Proof must have signature of applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program.
  3. Submit a completed reinstatement application.

No More Than 6 Months Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Pass the instructional methods exam with a 70% or better. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, the instructor course of training must be repeated. Contact an Ohio chartered fire training institution to schedule the examination.
  2. Submit a completed reinstatement application.

More Than 6 Months But Not More Than 1 Year Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Pass the instructional methods exam with a 70% or better. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, the instructor course of training must be repeated. Contact an Ohio chartered fire training institution to schedule the examination.
  2. Complete 10 hours of supervised teaching under direct supervision of a certified Fire Instructor Trainer, under the auspices of an Ohio chartered fire training institution.
  3. Submit proof of completion of the supervised teaching along with a reinstatement application.

More Than 1 Year But Less Than 2 Years Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Pass the instructional methods exam with a 70% or better. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, the instructor course of training must be repeated. Contact an Ohio chartered fire training institution to schedule the examination.
  2. Complete 10 hours of supervised teaching under direct supervision of a certified Fire Instructor Trainer, under the auspices of an Ohio chartered fire training institution.
  3. Complete the 4-hour Fire Service Training module and the 4-hour Live Fire Training Awareness Course through an Ohio chartered fire training institution.
  4. Submit proof of completion of the supervised teaching, the Fire Service Training Module and the Live Fire Training Awareness Course along with a reinstatement application.

2 Years or More Since Certificate Expiration


NOTE: The Assistant Fire Instructor certification is NOT ELIGIBLE for reinstatement, regardless of time expired. Individuals wishing to reinstate an Assistant Fire Instructor certification must submit an initial application.

Per the Ohio Administrative Code rule 4765-21-07, an assistant fire instructor who fails to renew the certificate by the expiration date is not eligible for reinstatement. Individuals wishing to reinstate an Assistant Fire Instructor certification must submit an initial application.

  • Expired or surrendered certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-21-07 of the Administrative Code.
  • Revoked certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-21-08 of the Administrative Code.
  • Reinstatement requirements are determined by time elapsed since expiration. A $75.00 application fee (check/money order to “Ohio Treasurer of State”) is required with the reinstatement application.
  • To reinstate a certificate, an applicant must have previously held a certificate at the level of certification sought, that was in good standing at the time the certificate expired.

No More Than 90 Days Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Provide proof of instructional continuing education (CE) hours completed during the certification cycle (cannot be completed after expiration date). Proof must have signature of applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program.
  2. Provide proof of teaching hours completed during the certification cycle (cannot be completed after expiration date). Proof must have signature of applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program.
  3. Submit a completed reinstatement application.

No More Than 6 Months Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Pass the instructional methods exam with a 70% or better. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, the instructor course of training must be repeated. Contact an Ohio chartered fire training institution to schedule the examination.
  2. Submit a completed reinstatement application.

More Than 6 Months, But No More Than 1 Year Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Pass the instructional methods exam with a 70% or better. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, the instructor course of training must be repeated. Contact an Ohio chartered fire training institution to schedule the examination.
  2. Complete 10 hours of supervised teaching under direct supervision of a certified Fire Safety Inspector Instructor Trainer, under the auspices of an Ohio chartered fire training institution.
  3. Submit proof of completion of the supervised teaching along with a reinstatement application.

More Than 1 Year, But Less Than 2 Years Since Certificate Expiration

  1. Pass the instructional methods exam with a 70% or better. If the exam is not passed within three attempts, the instructor course of training must be repeated. Contact an Ohio chartered fire training institution to schedule the examination.
  2. Complete 10 hours of supervised teaching under direct supervision of a certified Fire Safety Inspector Instructor Trainer, under the auspices of an Ohio chartered fire training institution.
  3. Complete the 8-hour Fire Safety Inspector Training module through an Ohio chartered fire training institution.
  4. Submit proof of completion of the supervised teaching, the Fire Service Training Module and the Live Fire Training Awareness Course along with a reinstatement application.

2 Years or More Since Certificate Expiration

  • Expired or surrendered certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-21-07 of the Administrative Code.
  • Revoked certificates are reinstated in accordance with 4765-21-08 of the Administrative Code.

To reinstate a Live Fire Instructor certificate:

  • An applicant must have previously held a Live Fire Instructor certificate that was in good standing at the time the certificate expired; and
  • The Live Fire Instructor certificate shall have been expired less than two years; and
  • An applicant shall possess a current and valid Firefighter I or Firefighter II certificate that is in good standing; and
  • An applicant shall possess a current and valid Fire Instructor or Assistant Fire Instructor certificate that is in good standing; and
  • An applicant shall submit an application fee of $75.00 dollars (check or money order made payable to Ohio Treasurer of State); and
  • An applicant shall submit a completed Fire, Fire Safety Inspector, and/or Live Fire Instructor Reinstatement Application.

2 Years or More Since Certificate Expiration – Not Eligible for Reinstatement

If a Live Fire Instructor certificate has been expired or becomes invalid due to voluntary surrender, for two years or more from the expiration date or date of surrender, the applicant shall complete a new "Live Fire Training Operations Course" and "Live Fire Training Operations Job Performance Requirement Check-Off," and meet all requirements for a Live Fire Instructor certificate as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code. The applicant must apply as a new applicant.

Exempt (“Grandfathered”) Live Fire Certification – Not Eligible for Reinstatement

A holder of a current and valid Fire Instructor or Assistant Fire Instructor certificate, exempt ("grandfathered") from Live Fire Training Operations Course requirements shall no longer be exempt from the requirements to complete the "Live Fire Training Operations Course" and the "Live Fire Training Operations Job Performance Requirement Check-Off" if the Fire Instructor or Assistant Fire Instructor certificate has lapsed since April 7, 2014. The applicant shall complete a new "Live Fire Training Operations Course" and "Live Fire Training Operations Job Performance Requirement Check-Off," and meet all requirements for a Live Fire Instructor certificate as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code. The applicant must apply as a new applicant.

Assistant Fire Instructor – Not Eligible for Reinstatement

Assistant Fire Instructors are not eligible for reinstatement. Expiration or surrender of an Assistant Fire Instructor certification results in loss of a Live Fire Instructor certification. An Assistant Fire Instructor certificate shall be reacquired prior to being eligible for the Live Fire Instructor certification. Upon reacquisition of the Assistant Fire Instructor certificate the candidate shall complete a new "Live Fire Training Operations Course" and "Live Fire Training Operations Job Performance Requirement Check-Off," and meet all requirements for a Live Fire Instructor certificate as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code.

NOTE: If a Fire Instructor who held a Live Fire Instructor certificate achieved through successful completion of the "Live Fire Training Operations Course" and "Live Fire Training Operations Job Performance Requirement Check-Off" (non-"grandfathered"), that was in good standing at the time of expiration or voluntary surrender, is reinstated by the executive director, the Live Fire Instructor certificate shall automatically be reinstated if the certificate has been expired or surrendered for a period of less than two years.

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