NREMT Statement Re: EMT-Intermediate/85
As part of the NREMT's support of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach, effective March 31, 2013 the NREMT no longer offers National EMS Certification a the Intermediate/85 provider level.
Currently Certified EMT-Intermediate/85 EMS Providers who wish to continue their advanced level certification must transition to Advanced EMT (AEMT) by March 31, 2016/2017 (depending on their current expiration date). Certified providers who do not transition to AEMT by the transition deadline will be issued Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Certification when recertifying after their deadline, provided all other requirements are met.
Responsibilities of Certified EMT-Intermediate/85
Certified EMT-Intermediate/85's must notify the NREMT within 30 days regarding the following matters:
change in mailing address.
any criminal conviction.
disciplinary action taken by any state has resulted in suspension, revocation, or expiration of state registration/licensure; termination of right to practice; voluntary surrender of state registration/licensure while under investigation.
The NREMT considers the individual to be solely responsible for their certification.
In applying for recertification, certified EMS professionals agree to comply with all recertification requirements, rules and standards of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The recertification applicant bears the burden of demonstrating and maintaining compliance at all times.
To Apply For Recertification You Must:
Be actively working within an emergency medical service, rescue service, or patient health care facility using your ALS skills.
Complete all educational requirements prior to March 31.
Complete the recertification report in its entirety and submit the completed report prior to March 31.
Demonstrate continued cognitive (knowledge) competency through continuing education.
Complete a total of 72 hours of education including:
Completion of an approved 36 hour EMT-Intermediate/85 Refresher
Completion of 36 hours of additional continuing EMS related education as outlined below
Pay the $15.00 (US funds only) recertification application fee at the time of submission of documentation
All continuing education hours, to include the refresher, must be completed within the current recertification cycle. Education completed prior to the previous March 31 expiration date will NOT be accepted. If this is the first recertification period, only education completed after the date of initial certification will be accepted. See information below for detailed recertification requirements.
Detailed Continuing Education Requirements
Complete an approved EMT-Intermediate/85 Refresher
The EMT-Intermediate/85 refresher course can be completed through two different options:
Traditional refresher course - an approved DOT National Standard EMT-Intermediate/85 Refresher*
Continuing education topical hours** - EMT-Intermediate/85 refresher may be completed by continuing education equivalent to a Refresher Course. You may count hours received in lectures, standardized courses (such as ABLS, ACLS, PEPP, PALS, PHTLS, ITLS, etc.), college courses, in service training, case reviews, conferences, etc*. and must include both mandatory and flexible content.
You must ensure that you cover every topic within the four divisions of the mandatory core content. You must also cover each of the five divisions of the flexible core content; however, you are not required to cover each topic.
|Mandatory Core Content - 18 hours total|
|Airway, Breathing and Cardiology - 6 hours
|Medical Emergencies - 2 hours
|Trauma - 4 hours
|Obstetrics and Pediatrics - 6 hours
|Flexible Core Content - 18 hours total|
|Airway, Breathing and Cardiology - 6 hours
|Medical Emergencies - 4 hours
|Trauma - 1 hour
|Obstetrics and Pediatrics - 6 hours
|Operational Tasks - 1 hour
|* A Maximum number of 10 hours can be applied refresher education.|
|**Some states require the traditional refresher course and will not accept continuing education hours. Please refer to your state's particular requirements.|
Additional EMS Related Continuing Education-36 hours
The following are maximum hours per course that can be applied towards Additional Continuing Education hours:
A maximum number of 18 hours can be applied from any one topic area
A maximum of 16 hours can be applied from each of the following courses: ABLS; ACLS; AMLS; BTLS; ITLS; NALS; PALS; PEPP; PHTLS; PPC; teaching EMS courses
A maximum number of 12 hours can be applied from each of the following courses: Teaching CPR - Emergency Driving - Dispatch Training
A maximum number of 18 hours can be applied from Distributive Education towards this section and must be state or CECBEMS approved.
A maximum of 18 hours can be applied for college courses that relate to your role as an EMS professional (for example, but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology, statistics, etc.)
Hours from the following courses can be applied hour for hour with no maximum: Advanced Trauma Life Support, EMS Course Instruction, and Wilderness EMS Training.
Courses that cannot Be applied towards additional continuing education hours: Clinical Rotations, CPR, EMR Course, home study programs, instructor courses, management/leadership courses, performance of duty, preceptor hours, serving as a skill examiner, and volunteer time with agencies.
Submission of approved CPR credential for the professional rescuer. Credential must be current through March 31. Verification may be in the form of an instructor's signature on the recertification application or copies of both sides of a current card.
Maintain skills as verified by your Physician Medical Director. (Requires signature on your recertification application validating psychomotor competency).
Inactive status can only be requested by NREMTs who have completed at least 6 months of EMS patient care during their first registration cycle.
Inactive status with the NREMT signifies a National Certified provider who is currently not providing patient care. Often this is misunderstood. Registrants who wish to declare inactive status must continue to meet the NREMT recertification requirements. The NREMT confirms that “inactive” EMS providers are “not working.” Therefore, inactive status is useful for administrators, educators, managers, etc., but not for those who have left EMS and also failed to maintain competency via completion of the recertification education requirements.
Inactive status is not for those unable to obtain and meet the educational requirements or those who have had limitations or revocation of a health care license.
Registrants who request inactive status at the EMR and EMT levels do not need to obtain verification of skills from their training officers. Again, these registrants must complete all refresher, continuing education and CPR requirements. These registrants are eligible to recertify via examination if they so choose. CPR certification remains a requirement even for those who pass the examination.
Registrants who request inactive status at the AEMT or Paramedic levels do not need to obtain verification of skills from their medical directors. Again, these registrants must complete all refresher, continuing education and both CPR and ACLS requirements. These registrants are eligible to recertify via examination if they so choose. CPR and ACLS remain a requirement even for those who pass the examination.
Applying for Active Status when registered as Inactive
Movement from Inactive to Active status requires the registrant to complete Section III of the re-certification requirements. Fundamentally the registrant must work with their future or current employer so that he/she is willing to verify competency of the skills found on the recertification form. In order to do this the registrant must retrieve the form from the NREMT website Click here, have the form completed and then forward it to the NREMT. No fee is required to move from inactive to active status.