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Mariah's avatar

Does certification as a first responder expire?

Asked by Mariah (19072 points ) September 5th, 2012

I’m grappling with whether I should sign up for a course to learn how to be a first responder. I’m not sure I have the time for it, but I’ve always wanted to know how to handle emergencies. If I do take the course, I’ll be a certified first responder by the end. But does that certification expire if I’m not actively working in emergency response? I can’t seem to find this info in my searches. I would still love to have the skills, I know they won’t expire, but the official tag is a nice part of the deal and the answer to this question might help sway my decision.

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creative1's avatar

Yes every 2 years

Mariah's avatar

Oh, okay. Thanks. Maybe I should save this for a time in my life when I have more free time, then, so I could actually use my certification a bit before it expires. Maybe do some volunteer work once I’m out of college. Thanks for answering!

WestRiverrat's avatar

Yes, it varies by state but the national standard is every 2 years. It expires for everyone not just responders not attached to an emergency response unit. When I was on the EMS unit I had to renew every 2 years and take about 40 hours worth of continuing education courses every year to maintain my status.

bewailknot's avatar

Evert 2 years in the U.S. according to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Renewal probably requires some continuing education.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Yes, the certification expires in 2 years but the knowledge, information and confidence you pick up last a lifetime.
Also you’ll meet some very nice people.

Do it only if you have the time and can take care of your other obligations (school).

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