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West Virginia Office of
Emergency Medical Services

350 Capitol Street
Room 425
Charleston WV, 25301

Toll Free: 1-888--747-8367
OEMS Phone: (304) 558-3956
OEMS Fax: (304) 558-8379
Trauma Phone: (304) 558-7124
Trauma Fax: (304) 558-7125

Paramedic

Initial Certification

Personnel qualify for certification as a Paramedic by meeting the following requirements:

  • Successfully complete Paramedic Education Program.
  • Submit an online application and certification fee.
  • Create a CIS account.
  • Possess a current EMT certification.
  • Complete a background check, if not done so before.
  • Submit a copy of your CPR card.
  • Successfully complete a WVOEMS approved MCI Awareness and Operations or higher, one time requirement.
  • Successfully complete Hazmat Awareness training meeting OSHA 1910.120 or higher standards on a yearly basis.
  • Successfully complete the written and practical examination with a score of 70% for the level of certification by the National Registry.

Recertification

  • Successfully complete the Continuing Education hours.
  • Submit a copy of your CPR card.
  • Submit an online application and recertification fee.
  • Complete a background check, if you have not done so in the past.
  • Successfully complete Hazmat Awareness training meeting OSHA 1910.120 or higher standards on a yearly basis.
  • Complete the Paramedic skills evaluations.*

* Due to financial constraints, OEMS has re-evaluated the need for state paramedic testing.

  • The current certification/recertification policies do not reference state paramedic testing as a requirement for certification/recertification.
  • The score on the test has no bearing on whether or not the paramedic is certified.
  • The current requirement for completion of the "alphabet" courses does have a testing component with these courses.

Therefore, effective immediately, OEMS is eliminating the state paramedic test.

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