EMS & Fire Certifications

Renew an EMS or Fire Certificate User Guide: Renewing a Certificate

 

To renew any EMS provider certificate, all EMS providers must:

  • Submit a completed renewal application prior to the expiration date of the current certificate; AND
  • Continue to meet all standards for certification to practice set forth in section 4765.30 of the Revised Code and paragraphs (A)(6) to (A)(12) of rule 4765-8-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code at the level for which renewal is sought; AND
  • Satisfy one of the four options for the appropriate certificate level:

    1. Complete continuing education requirements based on the length of certification cycle; OR
    2. Complete an Ohio EMR refresher course – no combined refreshers; OR
    3. Possess a current and valid registration with the NREMT at the EMR level; OR
    4. Passing score within three attempts on an exam approved by the EMFTS Board. This exam may only be taken during the last six months of the current certification period.
    1. Complete continuing education requirements based on the length of certification cycle; OR
    2. Complete an Ohio EMT refresher course which will satisfy the required hours of continuing education; OR
    3. Possess a current and valid registration with the NREMT at the EMT level, and complete the Ohio Trauma Triage course approved by the EMFTS Board; OR
    4. Passing score within three attempts on an exam approved by the EMFTS Board. This exam may only be taken during the last six months of the current certification period.
    1. Complete continuing education requirements based on the length of certification cycle; OR
    2. Complete an Ohio AEMT refresher course which satisfies 40 of the required 60 hours plus 20 hours of additional continuing education; OR
    3. Possess a current and valid registration with the NREMT at the AEMT level, and complete the Ohio Trauma Triage course approved by the EMFTS Board; OR
    4. Passing score within three attempts on an exam approved by the EMFTS Board. This exam may only be taken during the last six months of the current certification period.
    1. Complete continuing education requirements based on the length of certification cycle; OR
    2. Complete an Ohio Paramedic refresher course which will satisfy 48 of the required 86 hours plus 38 hours of additional continuing education; OR
    3. Possess a current and valid registration with the NREMT at the Paramedic level, and complete the Ohio Trauma Triage course approved by the EMFTS Board; OR
    4. Passing score within three attempts on an exam approved by the EMFTS Board. This exam may only be taken during the last six months of the current certification period.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-8-04

To renew any EMS instructor certificate, all EMS instructors must:

  • Submit a completed renewal application on or before the expiration date of the current certificate
  • Meet all standards for the applicable certificate to teach

Additional requirements are listed below.

EMS Instructor
  • Provide minimum hours of EMS instruction during the preceding certification cycle
  • Satisfy one of the following:
    • Meet continuing education (instructional CE) requirements during the preceding certification cycle OR
    • Successfully complete the instructional methods examination
  • Compliant with OAC 4765-8-01 (A)(6) to (A)(12)

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-06

 

Assistant EMS or EMS Continuing Education Instructor

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-19, 4765-18-16

 

Physician EMS or Continuing Education Instructor
  • Meet standards for a certificate to teach in compliance with OAC 4765-18-09

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-09

To renew any fire service provider certificate, all fire service providers must:

  • Complete continuing education requirements, based on the length of certification cycle, as set forth in rule 4765-20-16 of the Ohio Administrative Code; and
  • Satisfy the requirements for the applicable certificate as set forth in the Ohio Administrative Code; and
  • Submit a completed renewal application on or before the expiration date of the current certificate.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-20-07

To renew a fire instructor, assistant fire instructor or fire safety inspector instructor certificate, all fire service instructors must:

  • Submit a completed renewal application on or before the expiration date of the current certificate;
  • Comply with the requirements for a firefighter certificate as set forth in the Ohio Administrative Code;
  • During the preceding certification cycle has provided the required hours of instruction as approved by the applicant’s fire chief or the program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program.

Additional requirements are listed below.

Fire Instuctor
  • Possess a current and valid firefighter certificate that is in good standing.
  • Complete continuing education requirements, based on the length of certification cycle OR successfully pass an instructional methods examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Assistant Fire Instuctor
  • Possess a current and valid firefighter certificate that is in good standing.
  • Complete continuing education requirements, based on the length of certification cycle.
Fire Safety Inspector Instuctor
  • Possess a current and valid fire safety inspector certificate that is in good standing;
  • Complete continuing education requirements, based on the length of certification cycle OR successfully pass an instructional methods examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Live Fire Instuctor

To renew a live fire instructor certificate, applicants must:

  • Possess a current and valid Live Fire Instructor certificate that is in good standing;
  • Possess a current and valid Firefighter I or Firefighter II certificate that is in good standing;
  • Possess a current and valid Fire Instructor or Assistant Fire Instructor certificate that is in good standing;
  • Comply with the requirements for a firefighter as set forth in the Ohio Administrative Code;
  • During the preceding certification cycle, have participated as a certified instructor in at least one live burn training exercise approved by the applicant’s fire chief or program director of an Ohio chartered fire training program;
  • Submit a completed renewal application on or before the expiration date of the current certificate;

NOTE: If “NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions” is revised during the certificate holder’s certification cycle, a live fire instructor shall attend a continuing education refresher course related to the revised standard.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-21-06

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