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Important Certification Information
Published Tuesday, April 14, 2020
by William Michael Masterton, Chief, Education and Training

Important Certification Information


Dear Colleagues;

New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems (NYS BEMS&T) has recently announced changes to all New York State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certifications:

  • NYS BEMS&T has added one (1) year to all current certifications (CFR, EMT, AEMT, EMT-CC & EMT-P). NYS BEMS&T has also reinstated formerly certified providers whose certifications expired between 9/1/2019 and 3/31/2020 One (1) year has been added to those providers original expiration date (for example, a provider who expired December 31, 2019 now has a renewed certification expiring December 31, 2020). These providers do not need to take any additional action. 
  • NYS BEMS&T is also offering reinstatement of certification to formerly certified providers who expired between 1/1/2019 and 8/31/2019. These providers need to go to and apply for reinstatement. If there are no issues, the person will be re-instated at their last level of certification. Their new certification will be valid through 12/31/2020. New York State will be printing and mailing new certification cards as soon as possible, but this may take a while due to current circumstances.
  • If a provider’s certification expired between 1/1/2015 and 12/31/2018 then the provider needs to go to and apply for re-instatement. If there are no issues then the provider will be re-instated as an EMT-Basic even if their prior certification was at a higher level. CFRs will be reinstated at the CFR level. These new certifications will be valid through 12/31/2020. Again, new cards will be mailed as soon as possible, but this may take a while due to current circumstances.


NYS State and Agency Based Requirement:

Each provider at every level (CFR, EMT, AEMT, EMT-CC, and EMT-P) must complete the NYS BLS Update. This can be found at the NYS BEMS&T Learning Management System (LMS) Vital Signs Academy. The website is

Instructions to sign up and navigate the Learning Management System are located at;

All BLS and ALS (CFR, Basic, AEMT, Critical Care and Paramedics) providers are expected to participate in an agency-based skills verification, with attestation of completion by agency leadership in consultation with the Agency Medical Director.

This will be approved for hour-for-hour, Non-Core CME, as per the NYS BEMS&T.

The Skills video, verification form and skill sheets can be found at

BLS Regional Credentialing Requirement:

The Suffolk REMSCO has not extended the March 31, 2020 requirement for BLS Providers to be regionally credentialed. The credentialing courses is an online course and can be done at any time by your current BLS providers that have not completed it. This online credentialing course will continue going forward for any new BLS providers in your agency.

Just a reminder that all NYS certified EMS providers in the Suffolk County 911 System will need to be REMAC credentialed as either a BLS or ALS provider. Not both… 

The BLS Credentialing course can be found at

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Suffolk County EMS Division at 631-852-5080.  Thank you.

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