Colorado EMS Certification Requirements For EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic

Colorado requires individuals working in emergency medical services to get certified at the state level. This requirement applies to emergency medical technicians (EMT), advanced EMTs, the EMT Intermediate category, and paramedics. Unfortunately for people moving to Colorado, they do not have certification by endorsement. All applicants must be at least 18, and they must be a citizen or legally present in the United States.

Colorado uses a site called for licensing application purposes. If you are not currently certified, then create a new account in the system. Some people who are already certified have had an account created for them. You can see the instructions for this on the login page.

The Department of Public Health and Environment has a Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division that handles this certification program. They maintain a list of EMT and paramedic training centers throughout the state. To take your required EMS training, you should check the listings and look for an X in the Center column for the license you are seeking (EMT, Advanced EMT, EMT Intermediate, or Paramedic).

The term “Center” means that that training site has initial courses for students who are not currently certified. The term “Group” is for continuing education, and many places providing CE and refresher courses do not provide the longer initial course. However, some provide both. The term “IV therapy” refers to training for existing licensees. Such training allows you to become an emergency medical technician with IV authorization. So that is also not relevant to newbies training for their first license. A CPR course is also required. EMT-I and paramedics must take an advanced cardiac life support course.

After getting training for one of the EMT categories or paramedic, you also need to take a written and practical exam through NREMT, which is the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Despite its name, NREMT does also apply to paramedics. You will take their paramedic test instead of any of the EMT exams.

Before getting a license in Colorado, you will also have to pass a background check, which includes submission of fingerprints.

Paramedics can also get a critical care endorsement. This requires you to be both an NREMT member and a BCCTCP member. That is the Board For Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification.

Colorado EMS certificates are good for 3 years. You will need to take a refresher course and renew your certification at that time. Ensure that you take a refresher course before your certification lapses.

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