Educational Requirements for EMS License Renewal

Listed on this page are the renewal training requirements for Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Practitioners in Wisconsin.

Listed are the minimum hours for the refresher courses as approved through the Wisconsin EMS Section. Refresher courses taught through an approved Wisconsin training center and listed on the EMS Refresher Course List fulfill refresher requirements, as do Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accredited refresher courses.

Flexible continuing education may be obtained through any format, but needs to meet the requirements set forth in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07.

All continuing education is a personal responsibility. For the 2020-2023 License or Certification renewal process, your initial or continuing education requirements need to be completed between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020, for regular renewal.

If it is past the regular renewal date of September 30, 2020, you may complete your refresher education as necessary to apply for Late Renewal or Reinstatement. Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal, or Reinstatement application.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), 18 Hours

To renew an EMR certification, individuals must complete 18 hours of continuing education. In addition, individuals must also hold current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin Code § DHS 110.17(1). Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application.

To fulfill the EMR continuing education requirements, complete ONE of the following between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020:

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), 30 Hours

To renew an EMT license, individuals must complete 30 hours of continuing education. In addition, individuals must also hold current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.17(1). Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07

To fulfill the EMT continuing education requirements, complete ONE of the following between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020:

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), 42 Hours

To renew an AEMT License, individuals must complete 42 hours of continuing education. In addition, individuals must also hold current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin Code § DHS 110.17(1). Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07

To fulfill the EMT continuing education requirements, complete ONE of the following between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020:

Intermediate, 48 Hours

To renew an Intermediate License, individuals must complete 48 hours of continuing education. In addition, individuals must also hold current CPR certification and ACLS at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.17(1). Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07

To fulfill the Intermediate continuing education requirements, complete ONE of the following between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020:

Paramedic, 48 Hours

To renew a Paramedic License, individuals must complete 48 hours of continuing education. In addition, individuals must also hold current CPR certification and ACLS at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.17(1). Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07

To fulfill the Paramedic continuing education requirements, complete ONE of the following between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020:

Paramedic with Critical Care Endorsement, 72 Hours

To renew a Critical Care Paramedic Endorsement, individuals must complete 72 hours of continuing education. In addition, individuals must also hold current CPR certification and ACLS at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin Code § DHS 110.17(1). Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07

To fulfill the Critical Care Paramedic continuing education requirements, complete ONE of the following between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020:

Tactical EMS (TEMS) Endorsement

A TEMS Endorsement does not need to be renewed, however, individuals must complete all renewal requirements for the core license level (i.e., EMR, EMT, AEMT, Intermediate or Paramedic) to maintain licensure with TEMS Endorsement.

Individuals must complete all educational requirements and refreshers before submitting a Renewal, Late Renewal or Reinstatement application. Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.07

Last Revised: August 20, 2020