The NREMT Board of Directors is committed to implementation of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. Included within this agenda is the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. Therefore, in order for NREMTs to maintain National EMS Certification, as outlined in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future, all NREMTs must meet the minimum requirements of knowledge and skills outlined in the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. Transition dates and processes which certified EMS providers must follow to obtain National EMS Certification vary according to the level of EMS provider and are outlined in the NREMT Transition Policy. For more information please go to www.nremt.org.
Colorado scope of practice and education standards currently meet or exceed the National Scope of Practice. Therefore, a “state approved” or “state mandated” transition course will not be required. As has always been the case, medical directors and agency training officers are responsible for making sure their providers are kept current on new treatment modalities, equipment, medications or changes in national and local scope of practice and clinical care.
The National Registry is requesting that the recertifying EMT or Paramedic provide documentation that the transition has been completed. Since there will not be a “state-approved” transition course, the EMTS Section has notified the National Registry (via letter) that applicants from Colorado will not have a “certificate of completion.” Individuals who are recertifying via electronic applications will have their continuing education, refresher and transition verified by their agency’s training officer or program representative. Individuals who are reapplying via the mail will not be required to include any paper documentation regarding the transition. Click here for a copy of the letter sent to the National Registry.