Provider Recertification

The Virginia Beach EMS Training Division is available to assist affiliated providers with their recertification needs.  For assistance, please contact us at (757) 385-1999 or

Virginia EMS Recertification ^

All providers must maintain an active Virginia EMS certification to practice in Virginia.

To maintain Virginia EMS certification, providers must complete continuing education (CE) requirements and have all hours posted to their provider portal prior to their certification expiration.

As long as the recertification requirements are satisfied prior to the certification expiration date, Virginia Office of EMS (VAOEMS) will automatically recertify the provider during the provider’s expiration month and a new card will be issued.

Lapsed Virginia EMS Certification

Do not wait until the last minute to complete your continuing education.

If continuing education (CE) requirements are not posted to the provider’s portal prior to the certification expiration date, the provider’s Virginia EMS certification will lapse and he/she will be in re-entry.  In order to regain EMS certification, the provider in re-entry must complete all continuing education requirements and complete the written and practical certification exams.


ALS providers with questions about Virginia Recertification should contact the ALS Training Coordinator (CLICK HERE).

BLS providers with questions about Virginia EMS Recertification should contact Instruction Supervisor Eric de Forest (CLICK HERE).

National Registry Recertification ^

Instructions for Providers with National Registry Certifications expiring March 31, 2023:

VBEMS is committed to assisting providers maintain their National Registry certification.  However, please remember that maintaining your National Registry certification is optional. Only Virginia EMS certification is required to practice in Virginia.

For the 2023 National Registry recertification cycle, VBEMS will again follow the Virginia Office of EMS (VAOEMS) quick guide.  The VAOEMS Department of Education developed an updated quick guide to assist providers with their National Registry recertification application and to ensure both VAOEMS and National Registry requirements are met.

Virginia OEMS Guide to Completing National Registry Recertification 2.0 Application

Virginia EMS Continuing Education (CE) requirements are the same as the National Registry CE requirements.  Be sure to check the date of your Virginia CEs to make sure they are within your National Registry recertification cycle.


  1. All continuing education must be posted to your Virginia EMS provider portal.  Continuing education that is not posted to the provider’s Virginia EMS Portal will not be accepted.  Please be sure to print a copy of your VAOEMS CE report in case you are randomly audited by National Registry.
  2. The VAOEMS quick guide must be used with responses to the NR questions answered exactly as provided by VAOEMS.

All providers must have the online recertification application completed no later than March 15, 2023 to allow adequate time for the application to be validated by the training officer and OMD.


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 the ALS Training Coordinator (CLICK HERE) to obtain a voucher.

The deadline for a voucher request is March 15, 2023.

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.


If you have any questions about your National Registry recertification, please contact the ALS Training Coordinator (CLICK HERE).

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.