How Do I Become an EMT in Maine?

The Rundown of EMT Certification in Maine:

Prospective EMT candidates, who wish to get EMT certification in Maine, must pass an exam organized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). But, before this, they need to complete EMT training program from a state-approved training college or institute. EMT certification in Maine is valid for a period of two years only.

In regards to the NREMT exam, the candidate must pass the written exam, which is a test comprising around 70-120 questions that are required to be answered in 2 hours duration. This is an adjustable difficulty computerized exam. The exam includes topics, such as airway management, ventilation, oxygen therapy, EMS operations, cardiology, health emergencies, and general trauma. In the practical examination, a candidate’s capability to handle traumatic situations, such as fractures, bleeding, joint dislocations, etc., are tested. A candidate will also be tested on medical emergencies such as diabetic emergencies, strokes, cardiac arrest, etc. If a candidate fails in the examination, he/she can re-test for the next examination after 15 days. Six attempts can be made by the candidate to pass the exams successfully.

In case, you fail to renew your certificate before or by the expiration date, your certificate will be considered as involuntary inactive. If, after the expiration of the certificate, you fail to recertify it within 180 days, your certificate will get null and void, and you will have to undergo the entire certification cycle, again.

What are the Requirements to Get an EMT Certificate?

  • The required age of the candidate in Maine is 18 years.
  • Completion of a state-approved EMT training is a must.
  • The candidate must hold a valid CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) card.
  • Prospective EMTs can only get certified after passing the NREMT exam.
  • Legal evidence of the candidate’s citizenship is required.
  • It is necessary for the aspirant to be physically healthy and mentally strong.
  • English proficiency of the candidate is equally important.
  • The candidate must successfully undergo a criminal background check.

Special Requirements

  • EMT candidate in Maine is required to submit the application for certification and the applicable fee.
  • A state-approved practical exam is compulsory to be qualified by the candidate.

What is the Process of EMT Certification?

Step 1: Get EMT Training

The first step to get EMT certification is to get emergency medical service training from a state-approved training school. You can consult your local EMS department or any community college that provides training.

Step 2: Application for National Certification

  • First of all, the candidate is required to create his/her account on the NREMT website. Click on “Create New Account”.
  • Next, by clicking on “Create Initial Entry Application”, the applicant can create a new application on the website.
  • The candidate must pay the application fee. Though the fee can also be paid later, but it is better to make the payment soon after finishing the process of online application.
  • Once you have applied online and paid the fees, you need to keep an eye on the status of your application and look for the “Authorization to Test” (ATT) Letter by clicking on “Check Initial Entry Application Status”. Visit the homepage of the site and log in with your username and password.
  • Your information has been submitted by the website, and it is waiting for the approval of your course completion by the education program director, if “Submitted” appears beside “Course Completion Verification”.
  • However, you need to pay your application fee before you receive the ATT Letter, if “Not Submitted” appears beside “Application Payment”.
  • If the payment has been done and the course completion process has been checked by the education program director, the link “Print ATT Letter” will appear on your account.
  • Take out the print of your ATT Letter and schedule your NREMT examination.

Important Note: The link “Print ATT Letter” will appear on your account only if your course completion has been confirmed, otherwise; it will not appear.

The exam scheduling instructions will be enlisted in your ATT Letter. It will help you to set a timetable for your exam through a website, called ‘Pearson VUE’.

The NREMT practical exams are held by the state-approved training programs.

Step 3: Background Check

The candidate must undergo a criminal background check if he/she has been residing in Maine for 3 years. Also, the candidate is required to make a payment of $21 for the background check, either through a credit card, check or money order, to be paid to the Treasurer of the state.

Important Note: The candidate is not required to pay the fee for a background check if he/she has applied for EMD or I/C license, or if the candidate possesses a current EMS state license, which has not been expired for more than 90 days.

If the candidate is not a resident of Maine since last 3 years, but he/she has taken the EMT training from Maine, then the criminal background check issued by the state criminal records of that state where the candidate has been residing, should be submitted.

Step 4: License Application

Finally, fill the form – “Application for Testing and a New Maine EMS License’, and attach the following documents with it:

  • A clear copy of National Registry Card.
  • Application fee of $21 either through money order, check or credit card authorization, made in lieu of the Treasurer, State of Maine.

Mail it to the below-given address:

Maine EMS
152 State House Station
Augusta, Maine- 04333-0152
Contact Number: (207) 626-3860

EMS Training Locations in Maine:

  • Eastern Maine Community College
    Address: 354 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine- 04401
    Contact Number: (207) 974-4600
    Official Website:
  • Kennebec Valley Community College
    Address: 92 Western Avenue, Fairfield, Maine- 04937
    Contact Number: (207) 453-5035
    Official Website:
  • Southern Maine Community College
    Address: 2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine- 04106
    Contact Number: 207-741-5500
    Official Website:

Maine EMT Contact Information:
Maine Emergency Medical Services
Department of Public Safety
45 Commerce Drive Suite 1
152 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0152

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