The California Emergency Medical Services Authority in Sacramento provides paramedic licensure. To work as a paramedic in the Coastal Valleys region, you must also obtain local accreditation from the agency. Accreditation is required by the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 4, Article 2.
Initial Paramedic Accreditation
Are you a California-licensed paramedic, and want to work in the Coastal Valleys EMS region? You must obtain local accreditation from the agency. These are the steps to follow, and the materials needed to obtain your initial paramedic accreditation:
Step 1: Review the Coastal Valleys paramedic accreditation policy.
Step 2: Your hiring provider agency must initiate the process.
Before starting the accreditation process, you must obtain an offer of employment from one of the regional provider agencies. Your provider agency must initiate the accreditation process by sending a Letter of Intent to Hire to the Coastal Valleys EMS agency.
Step 3: Call the EMS office to make an appointment.
At this appointment, you will complete your pre-accreditation application, and submit the necessary paperwork and accreditation fee, including:
- A completed CVEMS application form
- A copy of your California paramedic license
- A copy of your legal photo identification
- A check or money order for the $200 accreditation fee
You will receive a 90-day interim local accreditation card. This card authorizes you to begin your initial accreditation procedure. You must complete it within 90 days.
Step 4: Complete the steps to become accredited in the Coastal Valleys region within 90 days.
- Attend the agency "Update and Optional Skills Review" course, and pass the written protocol exam.
- Complete your field orientation at local base hospitals and communication centers.
- Complete your preaccreditation field evaluation, including 5 ALS contacts, with a paramedic evaluator/preceptor.
Step 5: Make an appointment with the office.
At this appointment, you will bring in your paperwork to complete the process and to receive your local paramedic accreditation card.
These documents are required to complete the process:
- Field orientation sign-off form
- ALS Accreditation Field Evaluation form with copies of the 5 ALS contacts (PCRs)
- Copy of "Update and Optional Skills Review" course certificate
These are additional documents that are useful to paramedics during the process:
Ongoing Paramedic Accreditation
The California Emergency Medical Services Authority in Sacramento requires you to renew your paramedic license every two years. Paramedics working in the Coastal Valleys EMS region must also renew their accreditation with the agency every two years. These are the steps to follow to maintain your paramedic accreditation:
|1||Maintain employment with an approved ALS provider in the region||none|
|2||Attend the agency "Update and Optional Skills Review" course within the last 24months||Copy of course completion certificate|
|3||Fill out CVEMS application||Completed, signed application
|4||Provide proof of California paramedic licensure||Copy of your California paramedic license|
|No fee is charged for re-accreditation|