2018-2020 EMS Licensing Renewal Information

The mission of the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is to ensure that the highest quality and standards of pre-hospital emergency medical care are available to all Wisconsin citizens and visitors. Certification or licensing provides a level of protection to Wisconsin citizens and visitors, and assures that an individual holding a certificate or license has met certain minimum competencies and is authorized to practice, as defined by law. All current Wisconsin EMS provider licenses and certifications expire on June 30, 2018.

Besides holding a current Wisconsin certification and license to practice as an Emergency Medical Services provider in Wisconsin, you must also be locally credentialed with the service for which you are practicing. Licenses and certifications must be renewed prior to the expiration date of June 30, 2018, in order to continue practicing under your license. To practice as an EMT or First Responder in Wisconsin, you must have a current license/certificate and be credentialed with a service.

Important Renewal Dates

You must complete the 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to obtain a current certification or license that is valid until June 30, 2020. There is no fee for this license if the renewal process is completed by June 30, 2018. If a currently licensed or certified Wisconsin EMS provider has not renewed his/her provider license or certification by June 30, 2018, that provider may not function as an EMS provider after that date. Wisconsin Admin. Code § DHS 110.05(2) states, “a person acting or advertising as an EMT or First Responder without a license or certificate issued by the department or without appropriate credentialing may be subject to department action under sub ch. V or Wis. Stat. § 256.15 (11) (c), (d), or (f), as applicable."

Any application received after June 30, 2018, will be considered a late renewal under DHS 110.09 (1) and will require the payment of late or reinstatement fees as indicated below.

All Wisconsin EMS provider applications are completed in the E-Licensing system. The important renewal dates to remember for 2018-2020, are:

  • July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018, is the standard renewal period to complete educational requirements.
  • July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, will be the late renewal period and incurs a $50 late renewal administrative fee, per DHS 110.16 (1) (a).
  • January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, will be the reinstatement period and incurs a $75 reinstatement administrative fee, per DHS 110.16 (1) (b).

A license or certification that has been expired for two years or more may only be reinstated by successful completion of the initial education, training and examination requirements.

Your Contact Information

As EMS providers, you should ensure that your U.S. postal mailing address and email information are kept current in the E-Licensing system. This will assure that you will receive all renewal notifications and mailings from the Wisconsin EMS office. All renewal notices will be sent through the E-Licensing system and to the U.S. postal mailing address listed in your E-Licensing account.

If you do not receive your 2018-2020 Wisconsin EMS License Renewal information by March 15, 2018, you should assume that you do not have a current email address in the E-Licensing system and/or your U.S. postal mailing address in the system is incorrect. Those EMS provider applicants with out-of-date addresses in the system will also be subject to a $30.00 Returned Renewal Fee, as listed in DHS 110.16 (c). Failure to receive a renewal notification does not relieve an EMS provider of the responsibility to renew his/her license.

Refresher Education

All continuing education is a personal responsibility. For the 2018-2020 License renewal process, all education requirements must be completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018. Flexible continuing education may be obtained through various formats, but needs to be documented as completed education and training between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, and must meet requirements in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07. You must submit all flexible education documentation to verify renewal education course completion upon submission of the renewal application to the E-Licensing system. 

First Responder/EMR

  1. Successful completion of an initial First Responder education course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1)
  2. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  3. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018 to the E-Licensing system.

EMT Basic

To be eligible for recertification as an EMT Basic health care provider, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial EMT education course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1).
  2. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  3. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Intermediate Technician/AEMT

To be eligible for recertification as an Intermediate Technician/AEMT health care provider, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial AEMT education course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, or
  • Successful completion of a 42 hour AEMT refresher course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center, or
  • Successful completion of a 30 hour EMT refresher course between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018 at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center and successful completion of a 12-hour AEMT refresher course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center or 12 hours of continuing education approved by the service medical director, or
  • Successful completion of an NCCP AEMT refresher between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, or Successful completion of a 42 hour AEMT alternative flexible refresher between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, or    
  • Successful recertification by completing the AEMT NREMT assessment exam, or
  • Successful completion of the didactic portion of a Paramedic course or completion of an initial Paramedic course at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018.
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1).
  2. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  3. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Intermediate

To be eligible for recertification as an Intermediate healthcare provider, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of a 48 hour Intermediate or Paramedic refresher course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification and ACLS at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1).
  2. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  3. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Paramedic

To be eligible for recertification as a Paramedic health care provider, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial Paramedic course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018,  at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification and ACLS at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1).
  2. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  3. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Critical Care Paramedic

To be eligible for recertification as an EMT Critical Care Paramedic health care provider, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial Critical Care Paramedic course between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, at an approved Wisconsin EMS Training Center, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification and ACLS at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1).
  2. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  3. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Tactical EMS (TEMS) Endorsement

To be eligible for recertification as an EMS health care provider with TEMS endorsement, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by DHS 110.07 for your core license level. Training needs to be completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018. Renewal education can be completed in the following format as shown above for each license level.

  1. The individual shall be licensed as an EMS professional and affiliated with a department-recognized tactical team. The applicant shall present documentation of an affiliation with a department recognized tactical team.
  2. The individual holds current CPR certification and ACLS if required by licensure level at the professional level by an organization specified under DHS 110.17 (1).
  3. The individual does not have an arrest or conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional, as determined by DHS. If you have an arrest or conviction record, please include this information on your renewal application.
  4. The individual must complete all educational requirements before submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Additional Information

Flexible Refreshers

All continuing education is a personal responsibility. Continuing education topics may include subjects contained within the National Scope of Practice, as well as other subject matter specifically related to the emergency medical care of patients. Continuing education may be obtained through a variety of delivery methods including didactic sessions, practical drills, workshops, EMS conferences, and distributive education.

You must submit education course completion documentation to verify renewal education course completion upon submission of the renewal application to the E-Licensing system and it needs to be documented as education and training completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, and must meet requirements of Administrative Code DHS 110.07. For this renewal cycle, Wisconsin EMS is working with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) to accept the National Continued Competency Program recertification model. For 2018-2020 EMS Flexible refresher information and documentation, please go to the EMS Licensing Renewal Training/Retraining Requirements.

It is recommended that continuing education be obtained through any of the following:

  • Courses approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) (F1, F2, F5 courses).
  • Conferences sponsored by recognized Wisconsin organizations or hospitals.
  • Pre-approved in-house training approved by the EMS office and EMS service medical director.

Please verify the education meets the requirements in DHS 110.07 prior to submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018, to the E-Licensing system.

Renewal Applications

Continuing education is a personal responsibility. You are responsible for ensuring all education requirements are completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, and meet the requirements in DHS 110.07 prior to submitting the completed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2018.
The 2018-2020 EMS Provider Renewal application will only renew the valid certification or license that you currently hold. You cannot upgrade or downgrade your provider license level using the renewal application.
You will not be able to reopen your renewal application once it has been submitted to the E-Licensing system. All renewal applications submitted to the Wisconsin EMS licensing system prior to an individual’s training being completed will be subject to disciplinary action based on DHS 110.54 and will result in the suspension or revocation of your EMS provider license or certification.

Licensure Level Upgrade

If you are eligible to upgrade your Wisconsin EMS license level based on completed initial education and training, you will then need to log in to your account in E-Licensing and complete a Provider Upgrade Application by June 30, 2018. You may not complete a 2018-2020 Provider Renewal application to upgrade your Wisconsin EMS license. The 2018-2020 EMS Provider Renewal Application will only renew the license that you currently hold. You may not upgrade a provider license level using the renewal application.

Licensure Level Downgrade

If you downgrade your Wisconsin EMS license level, based on completed education at the licensure level you are downgrading to, you will need to log in to your account in E-Licensing and complete the Provider Downgrade Application by June 30, 2018. Continuing education is a personal responsibility. You must submit education course completion documentation to verify renewal education course completion upon submission of the renewal application to the E-Licensing system. You must document completed education and training between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, and must meet requirements in Administrative Code DHS 110.07. You are responsible to ensure all education requirements are completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, and meet the requirements in Administrative Code DHS 110.07 prior to submitting the Provider Downgrade Application. You may not complete a 2018-2020 Provider Renewal Application to downgrade your EMS license. The 2018-2020 EMS Provider Renewal Application will only renew the license that you currently hold. You may not downgrade a provider license level using the renewal application.

Instructor II Renewal Applications

To be eligible for recertification as an Instructor II, as required by DHS 110.28, you must successfully complete the 2018-2020 Provider Renewal Application process by June 30, 2018, to renew your core EMS certification or license. You are then eligible to complete the Instructor II Renewal Application process to renew your EMS instructor certification. You must be actively credentialed with a Wisconsin EMS Training Center to provide documentation of continued affiliation with a training center as required in DHS 110.28 (4) (b).

Waiver Request for Active Military Deployment, Medical Conditions, etc.
 

If you are unable to renew your current certification or license due to active military deployment during the biennium that prevents your ability to complete refresher activities, or you had a significant medical condition during the biennium that prevented you from completing refresher activities, you may be eligible to receive an extension for the renewal process by completing the Waiver of Administrative Rule for Licensure. You should submit the supporting documentation and completed form to dhsemssmail@wisconsin.gov. You must complete this process before your EMS certification/licensure expires. The EMS program has sole discretion in determining if the waiver will be granted. The decision of the EMS program is final and is not appealable under DHS 110.59.

Retirement and Non-Renewal of EMS Certification/Licensure

If you do not plan to renew your Wisconsin EMS certification or licensure, please notify the Wisconsin EMS office by sending an email to dhsemssmail@wisconsin.gov, including your first and last name as it appears on your EMS account, documenting that you will not be seeking 2018-2020 Wisconsin EMS renewal. Your email address will be removed from your account so you will no longer receive Wisconsin EMS communications.

For detailed 2018-2020 Provider Renewal information, please visit your Wisconsin EMS renewal website at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ems/licensing/renewal.htm

If you have any questions, please contact the Wisconsin EMS office at 608-266-1568 or dhsemssmail@wisconsin.gov

What happens if an EMS provider applicant does not renew his/her license by June 30, 2018?

If a currently licensed or certified Wisconsin EMS provider has not renewed his/her provider license or certification by June 30, 2018, that provider may not function as an EMS provider after that date.

According to DHS 110.05 (2):

"a person acting or advertising as an EMT or First Responder without a license or certificate issued by the department or without appropriate credentialing may be subject to department action under sub ch. V or s. 256.15 (11) (c), (d), or (f), Stats., as applicable."

Any application received after June 30, 2018, will be considered a late renewal under DHS 110.09 (1):

"An individual may renew a license or certificate that has been expired for less than 6 months by applying to the department for license or certificate renewal as specified under s.DHS 110.07 and submitting the late renewal fee ($50.00) specified under s.DHS 110.16 (1). Upon the department's renewal of the applicant's license or certificate, the EMS professional shall be credentialed under s.DHS 110.52 before performing emergency medical care as an EMT or First Responder."

As an EMS provider applicant, you will need the following information to complete the 2018-2020 EMS Provider Renewal Application:

  • Your initial or continuing EMS education refresher training completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018;
  • Your current CPR card and ACLS card as needed for ALS Licensure;  and
  • Whether you were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or deferred prosecution, since your last application, or have pending charges at this time, or received a traffic violation that led to the suspension, revocation or withdrawal of your driver's license, and all required court documentation. (You will have the opportunity to upload the documents if you have them electronically.) If you cannot upload your documents into the application, you should email them to the Wisconsin EMS program at dhsemssmail@wisconsin.gov or fax them to 608-261-6392.

Please remember that making a false statement on an application is cause for denial of a license renewal per DHS 110.54 (2).

2018-2020 License/Certification Renewal Requirements Memo 17-01 (PDF)

Renewal Process Audits

The EMS program has been conducting random audits of the renewal process. If you are selected for an audit, you must provide all requested documentation. Copies of all information entered on the renewal application must be retained for at least five years. Failure to provide the requested, required documentation will result in the suspension or revocation of your EMS Provider license or certification.

Getting started to renew an EMS certification or license

Click on the Wisconsin EMS E-Licensing system logo in the upper left corner of this page. You will be redirected to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services EMS E-Licensing system account login page.

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Last Revised: March 16, 2017