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EMS Provider Exam Process

In order to be licensed, a person must be at least 18 years of age, be physically and mentally qualified to perform the duties of an EMS Provider. A person must be free from addiction to controlled substances or alcoholic beverages, or currently rehabilitated; free from epilepsy or diabetes or, if not free, has been free from any lapses of consciousness for a period of a least 180 days.

Examination Process

Oregon utilizes the examinations of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for EMT, AEMT and Paramedic certification testing. The examination developed by Oregon is utilized for licensure testing at the EMT-Intermediate level.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to participate in the licensing exam process for the level of training completed.

Upon successful completion of the examination process at the EMT, AEMT or Paramedic level, the candidate receives both National Registry certification and Oregon licensure. Upon successful completion of the examination process at the EMT-Intermediate level, the candidate receives Oregon licensure.

The students submit application packets with the appropriate application and examination fee to the course director. All documents are then forwarded to the Oregon Health Authority, EMS Section for processing. Upon receipt of the applications, the students are scheduled for participation in their licensure exam.

A person must take and pass both the written and practical licensure examinations within 24 months after completing an approved course. Candidates who fail to become licensed within 24 months must retake the entire EMS Provider training program for the level of licensure being tested.

EMT and EMT-Intermediate exams are coordinated through the educational institutions. When an application to conduct a course is submitted by a school, a date is selected for the class licensure examination. If a candidate is unsuccessful during an exam, the candidate's course director will schedule another exam in which he/she may participate.

Advanced EMT and Paramedic examinations are coordinated and conducted through the Oregon Health Authority, EMS Section. You can view the schedule of upcoming Advanced EMT and Paramedic exams by looking at Calendar.

If a candidate is unsuccessful during an exam, he/she may submit an application for retesting, paying additional fees (see below).

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Fees for Certification

In order for a person to be eligible for licensure, the person must submit a completed application to OHA/EMS accompanied by a nonrefundable fee.

The initial application fee includes the first attempt and any eligible same-day practical examinations.

  • EMT - $110.00
  • AEMT - $125.00
  • Intermediate - $125.00
  • Paramedic - $290.00 

Written re-examination fees:

  • EMT - please visit NREMT for schedule and fees
  • AEMT - please visit NREMT for schedule and fees 
  • Paramedic - please visit NREMT for schedule and fees 

Practical re-examination fees:

  • EMT - $55.00
  • AEMT - $85.00
  • Intermediate - $85.00
  • Paramedic - $100.00 

Associates-EMT Degree

Beginning July 1, 1999, a person applying for initial licensure as a Paramedic must present evidence that he/she possesses at least an associate level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. (OAR 333-260-0025(3)

For information about licensure through reciprocity, please read reciprocity section.

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