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Amendments to Conform to Statutory Changes Re Certification and ...
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12VAC5-31-1401

12VAC5-31-1401. General recertification requirements.

A. An EMS provider must complete the requirements for recertification and the requesting recertification must complete the continuing education hour requirements, as identified in 12VAC5-31-1403, for the level at which the EMS provider is requesting to be recertified. The Office of EMS must receive the required documentation of the EMS provider's completion of continuing education within the issued certification period for the provider to maintain a current certification.

B. An EMS provider requesting recertification must complete the continuing education (CE) hour requirements for the level to be recertified.

C. An EMS provider requesting recertification must pass the written state certification examination.

1. An EMS provider affiliated with an EMS agency may be granted an exam waiver from the state written certification examination by the OMD of the EMS agency, provided:

a. The EMS provider meets the recertification requirements including those established by the OMD; and

b. The EMS provider must submit a completed Virginia EMS Certification Application with the exam waiver approval signed by the EMS agency OMD, which must be received by the Office of EMS within 30 days following the expiration of his certification.

(1) If the Virginia EMS Certification Application form is received by the Office of EMS after the EMS provider's certification expiration date, the EMS provider may not practice at the expired certification level until a valid certification is received from the Office of EMS.

(2) If the Virginia EMS Certification Application form is received by the Office of EMS more than 30 days after the EMS provider's certification expiration date, his certification will be in reentry and he will be required to test pursuant to 12VAC5-31-1407.

2. B. An EMS provider under legal recognition pursuant to 12VAC5-31-1393 must pass recertify by passing a Virginia written and practical EMS certification examination and is not eligible for examination waiver.

12VAC5-31-1465

12VAC5-31-1465. Recertification examination requirement. (Repealed.)

A. Individuals who are eligible to recertify and hold current certifications are required to successfully complete the state written examination process based upon the following:

1. All individuals who are not affiliated with a licensed EMS agency must take the state written examination to recertify.

2. Individuals affiliated with a licensed EMS agency may be granted an exam waiver from the state written recertification examination by the operational medical director (OMD) of the EMS agency, provided:

a. A completed Virginia EMS Certification Application signed by the OMD and the individual is submitted to the Office of EMS documenting the exam waiver or a format approved by the Office of EMS.

b. A Virginia EMS Certification Application form submitted as an exam waiver must be received by the Office of EMS no later than 30 days following the expiration of the individual's certification at the level being waived.

(1) Virginia EMS Certification Application forms received by the Office of EMS during the 30 days after the individual's certification expiration date will be considered valid for recertification purposes. However, during this period following expiration, the individual may not practice at the expired certification level.

(2) Virginia EMS Certification Application forms received by the Office of EMS more than 30 days after the individual's certification expiration date will be considered as invalid and the individual will be deemed in reentry status and required to test to regain current certification.

B. Candidates in current provider status required or choosing to take the state recertification examination must demonstrate eligibility as evidenced by presentation of a valid recertification eligibility notice letter from the Office of EMS.