PARAMEDIC INITIAL & CONTINUOUS ACCREDITATION

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HOW DO I BECOME ACCREDITED?


To be eligible for Paramedic accreditation you must:
  1. Be licensed as a Paramedic in California.
  2. Be affiliated with and sponsored by a San Joaquin County ALS provider.
Initial Accreditation
  1. Paramedic Accreditation Application with Affidavit.
  2. Application Fee (non-refundable).
  3. Copy of a valid California Paramedic license.
  4. Copy of a valid state or federal ID.
  5. Copy of current CPR, Professional Rescuer, or Health Care Provider card.
  6. Must attend Paramedic Accreditation Orientation (PAO) and pass the San Joaquin County accreditation test.
  7. Submit a completed Paramedic Accreditation Field Evaluation form (2540A).
  8. Submit proof of completing Paramedic Competency Verification (2540B).

    * If on probation with the California EMS Authority or local EMS Agency, submit a copy of the stipulation agreement with application.
Continuous Accreditation
  1. Paramedic Accreditation Application with Affidavit.
  2. Copy of a valid California Paramedic license.
  3. Copy of a valid state or federal ID.
  4. Copy of current CPR, Professional Rescuer, or Health Care Provider card.
  5. Attendance of a Policy and Skills Review (PSR) Training and must pass the San Joaquin County Policy examination.

    * If on probation with the California EMS Authority or local EMS Agency, submit a copy of the stipulation agreement with application.
Note: Only original, complete, legible applications will be accepted.

APPLICATION FORMS & FEES


Application and Related Forms Fees

Application Fee: $300.00 (effective July 1, 2012)
Replacement Card: $25.00 (effective July 1, 2012)

Personal checks are not accepted. Acceptable payment methods are cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or money order. We strongly discourage sending cash by mail.

Accreditation Information

Effective January 1, 2010, all accredited paramedics in San Joaquin County are required to complete one PSR class within six (6) months of expiration of their current accreditation. Please visit the Upcoming Trainings & Events page to register for a PSR class.

ACCREDITATION POLICY


View the Paramedic Accreditation Policy >>


ACCREDITATION ORIENTATION (PAO) SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION


You must be pre-registered to attend. Click here to view schedule and register. This course is only open to paramedics applying for initial accreditation and paramedic field internships. Currently accredited SJC paramedics will only be permitted to attend with prior approval from Rick Jones.


POLICY AND SKILLS REVIEW (PSR) SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION


You must be pre-registered to attend. Click here to view schedule and register.

PAO and PSR Study Guide - New


An interactive study guide is available. Click here for more information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: Where is the accreditation test given?

The accreditation test is given at the San Joaquin County EMS Agency in the EMS Classroom. You must be registered to attend.

Q: What is the accreditation test?

The initial accreditation test is an open book, non-timed exam on local policies. The applicant must pass the test with 90% to become accredited.

The re-accreditation test is closed book, non-timed exam on local policies. The applicant must pass the test with an 80% to continue accreditation.

See the Paramedic Accreditation Policy for the testing process.

Q: What do I have to do to become accredited if I've let my accreditation lapse?

It depends on the length of your lapse period:

Applicants who have let their accreditation lapse less than thirty days must pay the Accreditation fee, complete the Accreditation Application process and submit a copy of their new license.

Applicants who have let their accreditation lapse more than thirty days but less than six months must successfully pass with a score of 80% or higher the San Joaquin County ALS Policies and Procedure examination, pay the Accreditation fee, complete the Accreditation Application process and submit a copy of their new license.

Applicants who have let their accreditation lapse more than six months must complete the Initial Accreditation process.

Q: Can I fax in my application?

No. You may bring your application in or mail it in, but it must have original signatures.