Fulfill your New York Paramedic, EMT, or EMR state requirements in one place.
Distance CME, powered by Relias, offers continuing education and relicensure courses for New York Paramedics, EMTs, AEMTs, and EMRs that are CAPCE accredited . Distance CME courses are accepted by the National Registry as an F-5 VILT course hour for hour. Take all your recertification hours 100% online and they count just like they would if you were sitting in a classroom in front of an instructor. Eliminate time traveling to classes and being away from work. Plus, Distance CME now accepts payments by PayPal Credit. Get approved today and pay for courses over time, interest-free for the first 6 months.
Although we strive to keep everything updated, please check with your state EMS Representative for the most current re-certification information.
New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Requirements
New York licensees must renew every 3 years. 10NYCRR Part 800.13(a)(1).
Requirements for Paramedics:
48 hours every 3 years. 10NYCRR Part 800.9(2).
Requirements for EMT-Critical Care:
36 hours every 3 years. 10NYCRR Part 800.9(2).
Requirements for Advanced EMT (AEMT):
40 hours every 3 years. 10NYCRR Part 800.9(2).
Requirements for EMT:
26 hour every 3 years. 10NYCRR Part 800.9(2).
A. Distributive Learning and Podcasting; (This would be our Anytime programs)
1. Distributive Learning is considered by Bureau of EMS as a classroom-based
education tool and not a method of self-study.
2. Distributive learning allows Course Sponsors, instructors, students and educational
content to be located in different, non-centralized locations so that instruction and
learning may occur independently with spontaneous real time two-way communications
between instructor, and student.
3. Refer to the current Bureau of EMS policy statement and Course Sponsor’s
Administrative Manual for distributive learning and podcasting course requirements
B. Online Internet Learning and Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Self-
Study (Our Live courses)
1. Online Internet Learning and Learning Management Systems (LMS) for CME
recertification is becoming one of the most common methods to obtain self-study CMEs
and retain accurate records of a participant’s education history.
2. Numerous internet sites related to EMS offer online education programs. Many are
now paired with LMS tools used to document, track and organize a participant’s CME
3. Online CME training is limited to 50% of the total CME hours, required by the
program, when a participant uses them as self-study.
a) To utilize online education programs for 100% self-study education
the program must be administered by the agency, and/or the affiliate
course sponsor and approved by the Bureau of EMS prior to the start of
b) An individual CME participant who is not registered with an agency
approved to utilize 100% online education will be denied recertification for
exceeding the maximum allowable CME hours for self-study.
4. Agencies offering more than 50% online CME content to its members/employees
must receive approval by the Bureau of EMS Central Office.
a) Agencies must provide the following information prior to approval of
online CME content beyond 50%:
(1) detail of the online program administration must be included in
the agency policies and procedures;
(2) the agency must provide information for the online program
vendor to the Bureau of EMS for review and approval;
(3) the agency policies and procedures must detail the security of
online content, including controlling access to records; and
(4) the agency policies and procedures must include details on how
a participant gains access to utilize the program;
(5) the agency policies and procedures must describe tracking of
online CME activities, and offline activities including skills;
(6) the agency policies and procedures must describe how training
records are maintained online including how and where the LMS
information is backed up.
5. All skills competency reviews must be hands-on. No online skills practice can be
applied towards CME recertification.