- Current National Registry certification or state license at the EMT level, or higher
- Successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic education program (or an education program that has been issued a CoAEMSP "Letter of Review") that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for Paramedic.
- Candidates must have completed the course within the past two years and the course Program Director must verify successful course completion on the National Registry website.
- All Paramedic candidates who started their Paramedic education program after August 1, 2016 are required to complete a psychomotor competency portfolio.
- Have a current CPR-BLS for "Healthcare Provider" or equivalent credential.
- Successful completion of the National Registry Paramedic cognitive (knowledge) examination and psychomotor (skills) examination.
- Passed portions of the cognitive and psychomotor exam remain valid for 24 months provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
Application ProcessFollow these easy steps to apply for a National Registry exam:
- Create your account/log in to your profile.
- Create an application - Select the Paramedic level. Verify your personal information and make any necessary changes. Then, follow the prompts through the application process.
- Pay the application fee. The application fee is non-transferable and non-refundable. This fee is charged for each attempt of the cognitive examination.
- Monitor the progress of your application from your “Certification Application Status” in case additional actions are needed. Once the National Registry approves your application and your status is “Ready to Test,” you can view your ATT letter and contact Pearson Vue to schedule your exam.
Paramedic Education Program Information
Program AccreditationFind An Accredited Paramedic Program
Since January 1, 2013 all initial Paramedic applicants seeking National Registry's National EMS Certification at the Paramedic level must have successfully completed education from an accredited program or one that is seeking accreditation sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Paramedic PortfolioParamedic Portfolio Information
The National Registry developed a portfolio of vital skills that each paramedic student must master to qualify for the NRP Certification examination. The program tracks each student's portfolio throughout the formative and summative phases of education in the laboratory, clinical, and field internship settings. The completed portfolio provides a mass of evidence that documents a candidate’s acquisition of psychomotor competency in the skills we currently evaluate on the 12-skill NRP Psychomotor Examination. All students that begin their paramedic program on or after August 1, 2016 are required to complete a portfolio that becomes a part of their permanent educational file and is a prerequisite to seeking NRP Certification.
If you successfully complete the national certification process between:
January 1 - June 30
July 1- December 31
Your initial certification date will be