National Registry of EMTs

National Continued Competency Program

What is the National Continued Competency Program?

In 2012, the NREMT introduced a new recertification model, the National Continued Competency Program (NCCP). Constructed using methodology similar to that of the American Board of Medical Specialties requirements, the new NCCP model streamlines the recertification process into three strategic categories of continuing education: National, Local, and Individual.
Nationally Certified EMS personnel recertifying in 2017, or 2018, and in a NCCP approved state, may utilize either the 2012 Revision of the National Content Guide or the 2016 Revision of the National Content detailed on this page.



The NCCP offers numerous improvements that will impact EMS for the better for years to come. These changes allow a platform for evidenced-based medicine to reach EMS professionals all over the country, give state and local agencies the freedom to dictate a portion of the national recertification requirements and provide a foundation for the EMS professional to embrace life-long learning.



Can I use the NCCP model to recertify?
It depends on which state you have selected as your "home state" in your NREMT profile. Many, but not all, states have adopted the NCCP recertification model. To see if your state is a NCCP state, you can select your state from the State EMS Agencies Map, or view the NCCP map on the Maps & Data Page

NCCP Recert Hours By Level

Click on the certification level below to view the full NCCP details, including the 2016 revision of national component.

Level National State/ Local Individual Total Hours
Paramedic 30 15 15 60
AEMT 25 12.5 12.5 50
EMT 20 10 10 40
EMR 8 4 4 16
2016 Revision: Training Officer Resources
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2016 NCCP
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2016 NCCP
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2016 NCCP
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2016 Revision: Standardized Course Reference Guide

Many of the standard continuing education classes taken by EMS professionals will satisfy portions of the national component of the NCCP recertification process. To learn how a specific course integrates into the 2016 NCCP national content model, click on the course name.


Remember, the quick reference guides below indicate how an approved course fulfills the National Component requirement. For example: if you take an eight hour course, it may fulfill three hours of the specific national content. The remaining five hours of education can be applied toward local and/or individual content.

2012 Revision: Training Officer Resources
All Nationally Certified EMS personnel due to recertify in 2019, or after, are required to utilize the NCCP. Nationally Certified EMS personnel recertifying prior to 2019, and in a NCCP approved state, can utilize the 2016 NCCP Content, the 2012 NCCP Content, or traditional refresher education. The 2012 NCCP National Core Content resources can be found here.