The Virginia Beach EMS Training Division is available to assist affiliated providers with their recertification needs. For assistance, please stop by the Training Center (927 S. Birdneck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451) or contact the Training Center at (757) 385-2970 or EMSTrain@vbgov.com.
National Registry *
Instructions for Providers with National Registry Certifications expiring March 2017:
On July 1, 2016, the Virginia Office of EMS (VaOEMS) transitioned all providers to the 2012 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP), which aligns the VaOEMS continuing education (CE) requirements with National Registry continuing education (CE) requirements.
VAOEMS Department of Education developed a quick guide to assist providers with their National Registry recertification application.
Note: On February 1, 2017, National Registry changed the recertification process regarding verification of the National Core Competency Requirement (NCCR) Version a provider used to complete education requirements. The Virginia OEMS Quick Guide (above) is still applicable with the following additions:
- Providers will be prompted to choose a National Core Competency Requirement (NCCR) Version to document their National (category 1) CEs. Virginia OEMS CEs are aligned with the 2012 NCCR Model. Select “I used the 2012 NCCR model” from the drop down menu and the system will auto-complete the requirements for the National component. You will not have to enter individual topic area courses in the national component section. You can then skip page 3 of the quick guide and go directly to page 4 to enter your Local and Individual requirements.
- Enter the correct number of hours for Local and Individual requirements based on your certification level:
- Paramedics – Local (LCCR) 15 hours; Individual (ICCR) 15 hours
- EMT- Local (LCCR) 10 hours; Individual (ICCR) 10 hours
As long as providers maintain their Virginia CE report in alignment with their National Registry recertification cycle, the Quick Guide can be used. Providers who do not maintain their Virginia CE report in alignment with their National Registry recertification cycle will not be able to use the Quick Guide.
All providers must have the online recertification application completed no later than March 15 of the year their National Registry certification is expiring to allow adequate time for the application to be validated by the training officer and OMD. For example, all providers whose National Registry certification is expiring on March 31, 2017 must have their recertification application complete no later than March 15, 2017.
Maintaining Virginia CE report in Alignment with National Registry Certification Cycle
Once your National Registry recertification is complete and your new certification is issued, please remember to use the ‘Recertify Me’ option in your Virginia EMS portal to maintain your Virginia certification in alignment with your National Registry certification cycle. Please DO NOT recertify your Virginia certification until you have your updated National Registry card. If you are randomly audited by National Registry, you will need to submit your VaOEMS CE report to verify education requirements that were submitted with your National Registry recertification application.
A voucher for the National Registry recertification fee will be provided to any released Intermediate or Paramedic currently running as a volunteer or career VBEMS provider. Once you have completed your NR paramedic recertification application and are ready to submit it, please email Brigade Chief Debbie Brennaman firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a voucher.
If you have any questions about your National Registry recertification, please contact Brigade Chief Debbie Brennaman email@example.com
Virginia Recertification *
As soon as a provider has completed all of the required continuing education classes and received the appropriate credits, the provider will automatically become eligible to recertify his/her Virginia EMS certification. You can either login to your EMS portal and recertify yourself or you will be automatically recertified (if you have completed all the requirements) upon expiration of your current certification.
To manually recertify your Virginia certification, all you have to do is login to your Virginia Office of EMS portal, select the menu item “Eligibility Letters” under “My Tests & Eligibility” and click the “Recertify Me” button. This button will show up when you have finished your Virginia Office of EMS requirements.
Where to Obtain CEs *
For information on where to get continuing education (CE) hours, click here.
For a list of classes offered by the EMS Training Division, click here.