FAQs

How do I become an Emergency Medical Technician in Orange County?
  1. You must first complete an approved EMT program – see our webpage for a list of providers.  After that, you will need to complete the LiveScan criminal background check.  Print out the LiveScan form from our website and take it with you when you are fingerprinted.  LiveScan providers are listed on the website.  Once OCEMS receives the LiveScan results from state and federal authorities, you apply online to our office for a California EMT card, and if you want to work in Orange County as an EMT, an Orange County Expanded Scope Accreditation card.  You will also need a valid CPR card, once LiveScan is completed.
  2. What if I am already a California EMT and want to work for an ambulance service or fire department in Orange County? 
      You will need to take the Orange County EMT Expanded Scope Accreditation class (see our webpage for providers) and then apply online for the Orange County Expanded Scope Accreditation card.  At this time, you do not need to complete a separate, additional  LiveScan for Orange County EMT Accreditation.
  3. What if I am a Nationally Registered EMT?
      The National Registry certificate will be accepted without further testing to qualify for a California EMT certificate, but to practice in the state of California you must also have a separate California EMT certificate issued by Orange County, another county or other certifying authority in California.  To work in Orange County you will also need the Orange County Expanded Scope Accreditation card.
  4. I have an out-of-state EMT-I certificate, but not a National Registry certificate, what do I need to do to get certified in California?
      You should complete the EMT Initial application online. You will have to show that you completed an EMT course that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation requirements and pass the National Registry test for Orange County.  You may then apply for a CA EMT card.  To work in Orange County you will also need the Orange County Expanded Scope Accreditation card.
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