EMS & Fire Certifications

EMS Provider Certification

“EMS provider” means a holder of a certificate to practice at any level issued pursuant to section 4765.30 of the Ohio Revised Code, including emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), and paramedic.

Course Entrance Requirements

EMS provider course entrance requirements vary depending on the level of certification sought. For example, accredited EMS programs can admit students who are at least seventeen years old who are enrolled in the twelfth or final grade in a secondary school program and who otherwise meet the requirement for admission into an emergency medical technician program. In addition, a prerequisite for admission into an advanced emergency medical technician program is certification as an emergency medical technician. A prerequisite for admission into a paramedic training program is certification as either an advanced emergency medical technician or an emergency medical technician. For further information please reference Chapter 4765-6-02 and Chapter 4765-7-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code and section 4765.30 of the Ohio Revised Code; or contact an Ohio accredited EMS training program to discuss EMS course admission requirements.

Click HERE for EMS Training Program Curriculum & Education Standards.

Application Requirements

  • Successfully complete an EMS training program through an accredited institution and receive a certificate verifying completion of such program at the level for which the certificate to practice is sought
  • Successfully complete the following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training courses:
    • National incident management system course IS-700
    • Incident command system course IS-100 or online equivalent
  • Pass an initial certification examination in accordance with rule 4765-8-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code
  • Submit a completed application


In addition to the application requirements listed above, applicants:

  • Shall be at least eighteen years of age;
  • Shall have not been convicted of, pled guilty to, had a judicial finding of guilt for, or had a judicial finding of eligibility for treatment and/or intervention in lieu of conviction for, a felony, a misdemeanor committed in the course of practice, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, a violation of any federal, state, county, or municipal narcotics or controlled substance law, or any act committed in another state or jurisdiction that, if committed in Ohio, would constitute a violation set forth in this paragraph;
  • Shall have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent by a court of law;
  • Shall, at the time of application, not be under indictment for any felony or have any misdemeanor charges pending as outlined in paragraph (A)(6) of rule 4765-8-01;
  • Shall have not have engaged in the illegal use or illegal acquisition of controlled substances, alcohol, or other habit-forming drugs or chemical substances while on duty as an EMS provider;
  • Shall have not committed fraud or material deception in applying for, or obtaining a certificate issued under Chapter 4765 of the Ohio Revised Code;
  • Shall have not been convicted, in this state or another state, of providing emergency medical services or representing himself/herself as an EMS provider without a license or certificate, or similar crime directly related to the profession of EMS; and
  • Shall not currently have, or previously had their certification or license as an EMS provider in this state or another state placed on probationary status, or suspended or revoked by the board or EMS certifying or licensing entity in another state.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-8-01


To Apply

An initial EMS application may not be submitted until your training institution provides you with a class ID and password.

Application – EMS Provider Initial Certification

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