Section 515.590  EMT License Renewals


a)         To be relicensed as an EMT:


1)         The licensee shall file an application for renewal with the Department on a form prescribed by the Department at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date.


A)        If an EMS MD has recommended a licensee for relicensure, the submission of a transaction card (Form No. IL 482-0837) by the EMS MD will satisfy the renewal application requirement.


B)        A licensee who has not been recommended for relicensure by the EMS MD shall independently submit an application for renewal to the Department.  The EMS MD shall provide the licensee with a copy of the appropriate form to be completed.


2)         A written recommendation signed by the EMS MD must be provided to the Department regarding completion of the following minimum requirements:


A)        Paramedics shall have 100 approved continuing education hours.

EMT-Is shall have 80 approved continuing education hours. Advanced EMTs (AEMTs) shall have 80 approved continuing education hours. EMT-Bs shall have 60 approved continuing education hours.


B)        Continuing education hours shall consist of EMS System-approved in-services, Department-recognized college health care courses, online continuing education courses, seminars and workshops, addressing both adult and pediatric care.  The System shall define in the Program Plan the number of continuing education hours to be accrued each year for relicensure.  No more than 25 percent of those hours may be in the same subject.


C)        Any System continuing education requirements for an EMT approved to operate an automated defibrillator shall be included in the required  continuing education hours.


D)        The licensee shall have a current CPR for Healthcare Providers card that covers:


i)          Adult one-rescuer CPR,


ii)         Adult foreign body airway obstruction management,


iii)        Pediatric one-rescuer CPR,


iv)        Pediatric foreign body airway obstruction management,


v)         Adult two-rescuer CPR, and


vi)        AED.


E)        The licensee shall be functioning within a State-approved EMS System providing the licensed level of life support services as verified by that System's EMS MD.


b)         The content of continuing education programs and qualifications of instructors shall be submitted to the Department for approval not less than 60 days prior to the scheduled event. Program approval will be granted provided that  program is conducted in accordance with guidelines of the Department of Transportation's National Standard Curriculum for EMTs and contains material relevant to that level of licensure.  Qualifications of instructors shall be consistent with Section 515.700.


c)         EMT-Is and EMT-Ps shall complete a transition program for all sections of the National Standard Curriculum that are not currently in place in their System.  This course may be completed as continuing education and shall be completed within the four-year licensing period.


d)         If the EMS MD does not recommend relicensure, he/she shall submit all reasons for denial in writing to the EMT and the Department.


e)         The license of an EMT who has failed to file an application for renewal shall terminate on the day following the expiration date shown on the license.


f)         At any time prior to the expiration of the current license, an EMT-I or EMT-P may revert to the EMT-B status for the remainder of the license period.  The EMT-I or EMT-P shall make this request in writing to the Department.  To relicense at the EMT-B level, the individual must meet the EMT-B requirements for relicensure.


g)         An EMT-I or EMT-P who has reverted to EMT-B status may be subsequently relicensed as an EMT-I or EMT-P upon the recommendation of an EMS MD who has verified that the individual's knowledge and clinical skills are at an active EMT-I or EMT-P level, and that the individual has completed any retraining, education or testing deemed necessary by the EMS MD for resuming EMT-I or EMT-P activities.


h)         Any EMT whose license has expired for a period of more than 60 days shall be required to reapply for licensure, complete the training program and pass the test, and pay the fees as required for initial licensure (see subsection (i)).


i)          The Department shall require the licensee to certify on the renewal application form, under penalty of perjury, that he or she is not more than 30 days delinquent in complying with a child support order.  (Section 10-65(c) of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act)


j)          An EMT whose license has expired may, within 60 days after licensure expiration, submit all relicensure material as required in this Part and a fee of $50 in the form of a certified check or money order (cash or personal check will not be accepted).  If all material is in order and there is no disciplinary action pending against the EMT, the Department will relicense the EMT.


k)         At any time prior to the expiration of the current license, an EMT may revert to First Responder status for the remainder of the license period.  The EMT shall make this request in writing to the Department.  To re-register as a First Responder, the individual shall meet the requirements for First Responder registration.


(Source:  Amended at 38 Ill. Reg. 9053, effective April 9, 2014)