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.
Interim 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 Coastal Valleys EMS Agency (CVEMSA.) These are the steps to follow, and the materials needed, to obtain your paramedic accreditation.
Before starting the accreditation process, you must obtain an offer of employment from one of the regional Advanced Life Support provider agencies. Your provider agency will verify your service affiliation as part of the application process. Without an ALS Provider Agency sponsor, you will be unable to complete the CVEMSA paramedic accreditation process.
Step 1: Review the Coastal Valleys paramedic accreditation policy #2007 in the CVEMSA Administrative Policy Maunual.
Step 2: Begin your application for Paramedic Accreditation by logging into our Online License Management System.
During the LMS application process you will be asked to submit scans or digital photos of your following documents as well as online payment for the $200 accreditation fee:
- California paramedic license
- Government issued ID
- Current CPR certificate
Step 3: Upon successful completion of application requirements and employer verification, you will receive a 90-day interim local accreditation authorization to allow you to complete the reminder of the accreditation requirements. Within 90 days of interim authorization you must complete the following and submit the required documents into LMS:
- Attend the agency Update and Optional Skills Review course, and pass the written protocol exam. (2024 Course Dates)
- Complete your field orientation at local base hospitals and communication centers.
- Complete your pre-accreditation field evaluation, including 5 ALS contacts, with a paramedic preceptor/evaluator assigned by your ALS Provider employing agency.
Step 4: Complete your application by logging into our Online License Management System. 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) Note: ImageTrend Elite agencies may reference PCRS within the system rather than submitting scans
- Copy of Update and Optional Skills Review course certificate
Step 5: After completion of the final requirements, you will meet with a CVEMSA EMS Coordinator for a final review of your accreditation process. Be prepared to discuss the evaluation and any issues or concerns that developed during the process.
These documents are useful to paramedics during the process:
- Treatment Guidelines Field Manual
- Contact List: Mendocino and Sonoma County Base Hospital and Communication Centers
- Field Evaluation Criteria
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 24 months (2024 Course Dates)||Digital image of course completion certificate|
|3||Complete Paramedic Application||Log into our Online License Management System to access or create account and begin application|
|4||Provide proof of California paramedic licensure||Digital image of your California paramedic license, or print out from EMSAs Central Registry|
|No fee is charged for re-accreditation|