Personnel Licensure & Education Requirements

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EMS Personnel - MFR, EMT, EMT-Specialist (AEMT), Paramedic

EMS Instructor Coordinators (IC)

All Personnel


Personnel Licensing Process

All applications for licensure must be submitted online through the EMS eLicensing Web Portal: https://www.mi-emsis.org/licensure/.  ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

An individual can file an application for licensure as a MFR, EMT, Specialist/AEMT, or Paramedic by:

  • Completing a Michigan course within the last 2 years and be Nationally Registered;
  • National Registry status if you are currently nationally registered and have NOT been licensed in another state, or you have completed a Military education course;
  • Reciprocity/Endorsement if you are currently licensed in another state and are currently nationally registered or have been nationally registered in the past;
  • Re-licensure if your license has expired within the last three years

Your application will not be complete until the State has received the proper verifications, i.e., course completion from your Michigan Education Program Sponsor, licensure from out of state licensing agency, military course completion from appropriate military branch, successfully passing the National Registry examination from the National Registry. 

Once licensed by the State of Michigan, it is not necessary to retain the National Registry certification for license renewal or re-licensure. Michigan uses the National Registry for examination purposes only. Once you are licensed all licensees are required to complete the continuing education mandated by the State.  Being Nationally Registered does not exempt you from complying with the continuing education requirements for renewal of your Michigan license.

You must be at least 18 years of age to make application.

Refer to the instructions contained in the online application for more information on how to apply.

Personnel Continuing Education Requirements


During the three-year period of your licensure, you must either accrue Michigan approved continuing education credits, or complete a Michigan approved refresher course equivalent to your level of licensure in order to qualify for license renewal.  In addition, a copy of your CPR card meeting basic life support standards for a professional provider, as set forth by the American Heart Association and published in "Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care", is required.  Acceptable CPR cards are as follows: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, ASHI, and AAOS/ESCI.  Additionally, ANY CPR certification that is done completely online WILL NOT be acceptable.  One practical CE credit and 1 lecture CE credit will be awarded in the Medical Category for proof of certification.

PLEASE RETAIN COPIES OF ALL RECORDS FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE OF YOUR LICENSE.  These documents may be uploaded with your online renewal application under the "Supporting Documentation" Section for safekeeping, in the event they are requested by the Department for audit purposes.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUCH DOCUMENTATION, IF REQUESTED, CREATES A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION THAT THE LICENSEE HAS MADE A FALSE AND FRAUDULENT STATEMENT IN APPLYING FOR A LICENSE TO PRACTICE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.

Credit Requirements: (See category minimums and practical credit minimums listed below)

  • MFR: 15 credits total
  • Specialist/AEMT: 36 credits total
  • EMT (Basic): 30 credits total
  • Paramedic: 45 credits total
Credit Category MFR EMT EMT Specialist Paramedic
Lecture or Practical Practical Lecture or Practical Practical Lecture or Practical Practical Lecture or Practical Practical
Preparatory 1   2   2   2  
Airway/Ventilation   1   2   2   2
Patient Assessment   1 1 1   2   2
Medical   1   2   2   2
Trauma   1 1 1   2   2

Special Considerations

* All Levels

  2 Total required practical   2 Total required practical   1   1

Pediatrics: Med.

Administration

          1   1
* Pediatrics: Airway 1   1   1   1  
* Pediatrics: Assessment 1   1   1   1  
* Pediatrics: Medical 1   1   1   1  
* Pediatrics: Trauma 1   1   1   1  
Operations * 1 Must be in Emergeny Prepardness* 2   2   2   2  
Sub Totals 13 18 18 18
Balance any category 2 12 18 27
Totals 15 30 36 45

Approved practical credits must be identified on the credit certificate (or chit). 

*Special Considerations Category: All levels must have specific Pediatric credits as identified in the above chart.  Other Special Consideration credits may include Geriatrics, Special Needs, or Assessment Based Patient Management.

*Operations Category: All levels must have a minimum of 1 Emergency Preparedness (L or P) credit.

Approved practical credits MUST be identified on the credit certificate (Chit).

Credit Options: 

(1) A number of standardized courses, such as BTLS and ACLS, are pre-approved for lecture and practical credits. Click here for The "Standardized EMS CE Credit Guide".  

(2) Documentation of clinical activities by your employer or Medical Control Authority will allow one Preparatory practical credit for every ten (10) patient IV starts and one Airway/Ventilation practical credit for every ten (10) patient ETT's that you have successfully completed (maximum of 2 credits per category). 

(3) Any EMS program approved by CECBEMS shall be considered a Michigan-approved continuing education program. 

(4) MFR's completing an EMT course may be awarded all the required continuing education credits for the MFR level.  EMT and EMT-Specialist completing a Paramedic course may be awarded all the required continuing education credits for either the EMT or EMT-Specialist level.  An EMT completing an EMT-Specialist course may be awarded specific credits as outlined in the "Standardized EMS CE Credit Guide". 

(5) Continuing education credit may be awarded for CE Programs approved by the Michigan Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing, or Pharmacy toward your EMS license if directly related to the emergency medical scope of practice, as determined by the Department.  These credits need to be submitted prior to renewal for Department Approval. 

(6) Continuing education credits may be awarded for academic credits related to EMS.  Refer to Administrative Rule 22326 (7) and (8) for more specific detail.

(7) Continuing education credits may be awarded for programs offered by out-of-state or military-sponsored EMS agencies. These credits need to be submitted prior to renewal for Department Approval.

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Instructor Coordinator Licensing Process

You may apply for licensure as an Instructor Coordinator if you have completed a Michigan Instructor-Coordinator course within the last 2 years, have three years of field experience providing direct patient care with a licensed Life Support Agency at the level you are applying for, and are currently licensed in Michigan at or above the level you are applying for. The exam for Instructor Coordinator will be conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Instructor Coordinator Continuing Education Requirements

The IC must document thirty (30) credits of continuing education which must be earned during the three years your license is in effect.  An application for license renewal will be mailed to you approximately 60 days prior to your license expiration.  Documentation of your continuing education must be maintained for one (1) year following license renewal.  You must submit copies of your records ONLY upon request of the department. 

PLEASE RETAIN COPIES OF ALL RECORDS FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE OF YOUR LICENSE.  These documents may be uploaded with your online renewal application under the "Supporting Documentation" Section for safekeeping, in the event they are requested by the Department for audit purposes.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUCH DOCUMENTATION, IF REQUESTED, CREATES A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION THAT THE LICENSEE HAS MADE A FALSE AND FRAUDULENT STATEMENT IN APPLYING FOR A LICENSE TO PRACTICE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. 

There are three methods in which an Instructor-Coordinator (IC) license may be renewed: 

(1) Successfully complete a Department-approved instructor-coordinator refresher program;

(2) Accrue thirty (30) credits in Department-approved professional development continuing education;

Instructional Techniques

Measurement & Evaluation

Education Administration

Minimum 6

Minimum 6

Minimum 6

 

-or-

(3) Accrue thirty (30) credits through a combination of 20 professional development continuing education and 10 educational performance credits. 

Part A: Professional Development Credits. A minimum of twenty (20) credits for professional development through Department-approved instructor coordinator continuing education programs are required. 

Instructional Techniques 

Measurement & Evaluation

Education Administration

Minimum 3

Minimum 3

Minimum 3

Part B: Performance Credits.  In addition to the 20 credits required in Part A; 10 credits are required in any of the following categories:

EMS INSTRUCTION:  One (1) credit for every four (4) hours of instruction (initial, refresher, or continuing education).  Proof: CE Rosters, I.C. credit slip, course syllabus, etc. 

EXAMINATION EVALUATION:  One (1) credit for every two hours in which you assist as a skills examiner for a State approved practical exam.  Proof:  Credit slip from Regional Coordinator 

COURSE COORDINATION:  Three (3) credits for every Education Program Sponsor OR CE Sponsor approval.  Two (2) credits for every Program Sponsor OR CE Program Sponsor re-approval.  One (1) credit for every 15 continuing education credits approved and coordinated.  Proof: Copies of Education Program Sponsor approvals or CE approval. 

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