2020-2023 EMS Licensing Renewal Information

Following a recommendation from the EMS Section and the EMS Board, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm has agreed to delay the June 30, 2020, license/certification renewal deadlines to September 30, 2020.

If you have completed all of your educational requirements for re-licensure, we encourage you to submit your renewal application as soon as possible to avoid delays.

 

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 licensure provides a level of protection 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 September 30, 2020. If your license has not been renewed, you are NO LONGER listed as being on a service's roster (see your E-Licensing profile), and you must complete a Local Credential Agreement (LCA) for that service in order to operate for them with your license.

All applications are completed through your Wisconsin EMS E-Licensing account. You cannot upgrade or downgrade your provider license level using the Renewal/Late Renewal/Reinstatement applications.

2020-2023 Renewal 

You must complete the 2020-2023 Practitioner Renewal application by September 30, 2020, to maintain current certification or licensure that is valid until June 30, 2023. You must also complete the educational requirements for renewal. There is no fee to renew your certification or license if you complete the process by September 30, 2020.

Individuals who hold an Instructor II certification must renew that certification in addition to their primary practitioner license. Individuals who fail to renew their core EMS practitioner license will need to complete the Instructor II application from the initial application process, once their core EMS license is current.

 

To apply for renewal, you must do BOTH of the following:

​To apply for EMS Instructor II Renewal, you must do ALL of the following:

  • Login to your account through the EMS E-Licensing portal and complete a renewal application for your core certification or license. You must be certified or licensed by the Department of Health Services, EMS Section at or above the license level you will be instructing.
  • Complete an EMS Instructor II Renewal application via E-Licensing.
  • Ensure continued affiliation with the training center for the next renewal period.

2020-2023 Late Renewal 

Any Practitioner Renewal application received between October 1, 2020–December 31, 2020, will be considered a late renewal and will incur a $50 late renewal administrative fee. Individuals renewing during this time must fill out the EMS Practitioner Late Renewal application. You must also complete the educational requirements for late renewal. Please note, to be eligible for late renewal, you must have held a valid license through September 30, 2020. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.16 (1)(a).

Late renewal of an EMR certificate or EMS license through this method does not exempt a person from taking the required refresher training to renew their certificate or license for the next renewal period.

 

To apply for late renewal, you must do ALL of the following:

  • Be able to provide evidence of continuing education for the previous renewal cycle (2018-2020). Please visit the Educational Requirements for Licensure Renewal webpage for specific information.
  • Login to your account through the EMS E-Licensing portal and complete the Late Renewal application.
  • Pay the $50.00 late renewal fee (part of the Late Renewal application).

Reinstatement

After the Late Renewal period closes, you are only able to renew your license through the reinstatement process, which includes a $75 reinstatement administrative fee. You must also complete the educational requirements for reinstatement. Please note, to be eligible for reinstatement, you must have held a valid license through June 30, 2018. If you have not reinstated your license by June 30, 2020, you will be required to complete an initial course of training to obtain a certificate or license. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.16 (1)(b); Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.09.

Reinstatement of an EMR certificate or EMS license through this method does not exempt a person from taking the required refresher training to renew their certificate/license for the next renewal period.

 

To apply for reinstatement, you must do ALL of the following:

  • Be able to provide evidence of continuing education for the previous renewal cycle (2016-2018). Please visit the Educational Requirements for Licensure Renewal webpage for specific information.
  • Complete an assessment exam (both the cognitive and psychomotor) through the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). You need to retake these even if you hold current National Registry, and you will need an approval letter from the Wisconsin EMS Office prior to taking the exam. The approval letter is issued based on the evidence of completed continuing education. Email Helen Pullen or call 608-267-9777 for the letter.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of retaking the NREMT assessment exam (cognitive and psychomotor).
  • Login to your account through the EMS E-Licensing portal and complete the Reinstatement application. You will need to contact our office again once you’ve completed the NREMT exams to have us deploy this application to your E-Licensing account.
  • Pay the $75.00 reinstatement fee (part of the Practitioner Reinstatement application).
  • Once your license has been reinstated, you will need to complete another refresher course to be eligible for renewal for the 2020-2023 cycle.

Expired License

If you are not eligible for the renewal or reinstatement process (your license has been expired for more than 24 months), you will be required to complete an initial course of training to obtain a certificate or license. A license or certificate that has been expired for two years or more may be reinstated only if the applicant has successfully completed the training and examination requirements for the initial license or certificate within the 24 months immediately preceding submission of the application for reinstatement. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.09(2)(b).

 

To obtain certification or licensure after more than two years of expiration, you will need to follow the instructions under "Initial Wisconsin EMS License for In-State Applicants" on our EMS License Application Information webpage.​

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 through the Waiver of Administrative Rule for Licensure form.

Renewal Process Audits

The EMS Office 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 in your EMS Practitioner Renewal Application must be retained for at least five years. Failure to provide required documentation will result in the suspension or revocation of your EMS Provider license.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Wisconsin EMS Office.

Last Revised: July 1, 2020