2020-2023 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 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 June 30, 2020.

All Wisconsin EMS certifications and licenses must be renewed by June 30, 2020, in order for you to continue practicing under your current certification or license. You must hold current Wisconsin certification or a license and be locally credentialed with an EMS service to practice as an EMS practitioner or Emergency Medical Responders in Wisconsin.

Important Renewal Dates

You must complete the 2020-2023 Provider Renewal application by June 30, 2020, to maintain current certification or licensure that is valid until June 30, 2023. There is no fee to renew your certification or license if you complete the process by June 30, 2020. If you do not renew your license or certification by June 30, 2020, you may not function as an Emergency Medical Responder or EMS practitioner after June 30, 2020. Wis.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 subch. V or § 256.15 (11) (c), (d), or (f), Stats, as applicable."

Any application received after June 30, 2020, will be considered a late renewal under Wis. Admin Code § 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 2020-2023, are:

  • July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020, is the standard renewal period to complete educational requirements. You must complete your continuing educational requirements to renew your certification of license between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020.
  • July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, will be the late renewal period and incurs a $50 late renewal administrative fee, per Wis.Admin. Code § DHS 110.16 (1)(a). You must complete your continuing educational requirements to renew your certification or license between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020.
  • January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, will be the reinstatement period and incurs a $75 reinstatement administrative fee, per Wis.Admin. Code § DHS 110.16 (1)(b). You must successfully complete your continuing educational requirements and successfully complete both psychomotor and cognitive NREMT exams to renew your certification or license between Jan. 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.09(2)(b) states, “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.”

Your Contact Information

You must 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 to the email address you have listed in your E-Licensing account. Failure to receive a renewal notification does not relieve you of the responsibility to renew your certification or license.

If you do not receive Wisconsin EMS License Renewal communications, you should assume that you do not have a current email address in the E-Licensing system or it is incorrect and will be subject to Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.16(1)(c), “If a renewal notice is returned due to an incorrect address, the individual shall pay to the department a fee of $30 prior to issuance of the renewal certificate or license.”

How to Apply to Renew my EMS Certification or License

Navigate to the E-Licensing system. You will need to log into your EMS account. You will select the “Application” tab in your account. You will select the “2020-2023 EMS Renewal application.”

You will need the following information to complete your 2020-2023 EMS Provider Renewal Application:

  • Your initial or continuing EMS education and training documented as successfully completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020;
  • Your current CPR card
  • Your current ACLS card if you are licensed at the Intermediate or Paramedic level
  • Since your last application if you have any criminal history issues you will need to submit your documentation with your renewal application. Please remember that if you make a false statement on your application it is cause for denial of the application per Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.54 (2).

Refresher Education

All continuing education is your personal responsibility. Continuing education may be obtained through various formats for the 2020-2023 certification and licensure renewal process, all education requirements must be documented as successfully completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, and must meet the requirements in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07.

If you are currently credentialed with an EMS service, you can use the flexible education forms below to renew your current certification or licensure if your service director and medical director approve the training by completing the appropriate forms for your licensure level with the appropriate supporting signatures. You must submit all flexible education documentation to verify course completion with the submission of the renewal application in the E-Licensing system.

Flexible Refreshers

All continuing education is your personal responsibility. For the 2020-2023 certification and licensure renewal process, all education requirements must be documented as completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020. Continuing education may be obtained through various formats, but needs to be documented as completed education and training between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, and must meet requirements in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07.

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 but must be approved by your service director and medical director.

You must submit education course completion documentation to verify renewal education course completion when you submit your renewal application to the E-Licensing system and it needs to be documented as completed education and training completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, and must meet requirements of Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07.

Wisconsin EMS has adopted the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) National Continued Competency Program recertification model based on the Wisconsin NCCP forms located in your licensure level information above.

For additional online educational opportunities, we recommended that continuing education be obtained through:

Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE)

CAPCE is an accrediting body charged with the review and accreditation of EMS continuing education (CE). You can use this site to find CAPCE accredited educational providers and CAPCE accredited courses including on-line courses, live courses and Virtual Instructor Lead Training (F5) refresher classes.

CAPCE website

Approved Training Levels:
Emergency Medical Responder Refresher, Emergency Medical Technician Refresher, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Refresher, Intermediate Refresher, Paramedic Refresher, Critical Care Refresher

You must submit all flexible education documentation to verify course completion with the submission of the renewal application in the E-Licensing system.

Service based training that is completed through any service you are credentialed with and pre-approved by your EMS service director and your EMS service medical director may be used to renew your certification or license by using the flexible content forms.

 

Emergency Medical Responder

To be eligible for recertification as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) health care practitioner, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by Wis.Admin. Code § DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial Emergency Medical Responder education course between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020, to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020 will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

Emergency Medical Technician

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

  1. Successful completion of an initial EMT education course between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020, to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020, will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

AEMT

To be eligible for recertification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) health care practitioner, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial AEMT education course between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, or
  1. The individual holds current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020, to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020, will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

Intermediate

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

  1. Successful completion of a 48 hour Intermediate or Paramedic refresher course between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, 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 Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020 to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020, will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

Paramedic

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

  1. Successful completion of an initial Paramedic course between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, 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 Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020, to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020, will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

Critical Care Paramedic

To be eligible for recertification as a Critical Care Paramedic health care provider, you must complete the following eligibility and training requirements as required by Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07:

  1. Successful completion of an initial Critical Care Paramedic course between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, 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 Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020, to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020, will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

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 Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07 for your core 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 Wis. Admin. Code § 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. You must complete all educational requirements before submitting the renewal application by June 30, 2020, to the E-Licensing system. Any applications submitted after June 30, 2020 will be considered a Late Renewal and subject to the Late Renewal process.

Additional Information

Renewal Applications

Continuing education is a personal responsibility. You are responsible for ensuring all education requirements are completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, and meet the requirements in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07 prior to submitting the completed EMS renewal application by June 30, 2020.

The 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 Wis.Admin. Code § 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, 2020. You may not complete a Renewal application to upgrade your Wisconsin EMS license. The Renewal Application will only renew the license that you currently hold. You may not upgrade a provider license level using the renewal application. If you fail to renew your current certification or complete the upgrade application process by June 30, 2020, you will need to complete the Late Renewal process by Dec. 31, 2020.

Licensure Level Downgrade

If you are eligible to downgrade your Wisconsin EMS license level based on successful completion of education at the licensure level you are downgrading your current license to, you will need to log in to your account in E-Licensing and complete the Provider Downgrade Application by June 30, 2020. The renewal application will only renew the license that you currently hold. You may not downgrade a provider license level using the renewal application. If you fail to renew your current certification or complete the downgrade application process by June 30, 2020, you will need to complete the Late Renewal process by Dec. 31, 2020.

Instructor II Renewal Applications

To be eligible for recertification as an Instructor II, as required by Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.28, you must successfully complete the 2020-2023 Provider Renewal Application process by June 30, 2020, 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 Wis. Admin. Code § 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, F-00569. You should submit the supporting documentation and completed form to the EMS Program Office. You must complete this process before your EMS certification/licensure expires on June 30, 2020. 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 Wis. Admin. Code § 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 the EMS Program Office, 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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Wisconsin EMS office at 608-266-1568 or email the EMS Program Office.

What happens if an EMS provider applicant does not renew his/her license by June 30, 2020?

If a currently certified or licensed Wisconsin EMS practitioner has not renewed the certification or license by June 30, 2020, that person may not function as an EMS practitioner or Emergency Medical Responder after that date. Wis. Admin. Code § 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 subch. V or § 256.15 (11) (c), (d), or (f), Stats., as applicable."

Any application received after June 30, 2020, will be considered a late renewal under Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.09 (1) "An individual may renew a license or certificate that has been expired for less than six months by applying to the department for license or certificate renewal as specified under § DHS 110.07 and submitting the late renewal fee ($50.00) specified under § DHS 110.16 (1). Upon the department's renewal of the applicant's license or certificate, the EMS professional shall be credentialed under § DHS 110.52 before performing emergency medical care as an EMT or First Responder."

Renewal Application Process Audits

The EMS Section will be conducting random audits of the renewal application 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 certification or license.

Resources to Assist You

Last Revised: October 4, 2019