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Veteran, Military Pathways to Emergency Medical Services Certification, Licensure

California veterans and active duty service members who received medical training during military service may be eligible to apply for certification and licensure as California Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or Advanced EMTs (AEMT).

Any individual who possesses a valid National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT card is eligible to apply for EMT certification in California. In addition, individuals who can provide evidence of having successfully completed a qualifying emergency medical services training program of the U.S. Armed Forces within the preceding two years may be permitted to take the challenge exam. Individuals may also be able to challenge the exam if they were active in the last two years in a pre-hospital emergency medical classification during military service which does not have formal recertification requirements. Those individuals may be required to take a refresher course or complete Continuing Education courses as a condition of certification.

Those who possess a qualifying AEMT card and those who can provide an AEMT course completion record or other qualifying proof of successful course completion may apply for that certification.

For more information, call the California Emergency Medical Services Authority at 916-323-9875 or go to You may also contact your local EMS agency for information and assistance. To find the EMS agency nearest you, go to

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