EMS FAQ's

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How much computer knowledge do I need in order to take online courses?

Users of our online training will need to have basic computer knowledge. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to navigate a website, the ability to open and close documents and webpages, the ability to use a mouse, and the ability to right-click and left-click with a mouse. Users without any computer experience may have difficulty navigating online training courses and may want to enroll in a basic computer training class prior to taking our online courses.

Can I take the online courses from more than one computer?

Yes, you can sign in to your account and take our Safety and Hazmat Training Online courses from any computer with high-speed internet access, as long as the computer meets our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Do I need an email address to take online courses with HazMat Student, LLC?

Yes, an email address is needed for enrollment in our online courses. However, since users log into their student account with a username, not an email address, it is possible to enroll multiple users with the same email address if desired.

How long do the courses take to complete?

Our courses are designed to take a specific amount of time. However, some individuals may complete the training more quickly, while others may need additional time. This training should be used as part of an overall training program, and can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements. 

Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed to be self-paced, allowing you to stop and start the course as needed and complete the course over time. Our Online Training System (OTS) will track and save your progress to the last section completed, so the next time you log in you can resume with the next section of training. Once you start a section, you will want to complete the section so you will not have to re-start that section from the beginning the next time you log in.    

How long do I have to complete the course?

8 hour classes typically allow 90 days for completion, while longer courses (24, 32, or 40 hours) typically allow 180 days. If you need longer, we can work out extensions on a case by case basis. We have never denied a request for a time extension. 

What happens if I fail the exam(s)?

You may retake our exams as many times as needed in order to pass. Our exam questions are randomly compiled from a pool of questions, so each exam will be slightly different. You may also re-review the training information in the course prior to retaking the exam, if desired. 

Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

Yes, a certificate is offered with nearly all of our courses upon course completion. Certificates are provided in PDF format and can be downloaded, printed or saved from your student account. Users will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader on their computer prior to downloading the certificate. 

Sample Course Certificate - HAZWOPER Certification

Sample 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification

Will I receive a wallet ID card after course completion?

Training CardMany courses include a laminated wallet ID card, which will be mailed after course completion from our Main Office in Southern California. Other courses offer an option during enrollment to purchase the wallet ID card for an additional $5. Please see our course descriptions for more details on what is included with specific courses. Wallet ID cards, when applicable, are mailed within 24 hours of course completion.

 

Can I take the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER training course entirely online?

You can take the 40 Hour HAZWOPER training online entirely, but keep in mind that you will need to be trained on how to use the protective equipment that is needed on the job prior to using the equipment. This applies whether you take the course online or in a classroom setting, since the actual equipment that is used on the job may be different from the specific equipment used during training.

Our Online 40 Hour HAZWOPER training does review Personal Protective clothing and other monitoring equipment and accessories. The training includes 50 plus short video clips specifically created to demonstrate the equipment. Students are able to see the items in great detail as if the student were attending the classroom session. The short video clips show different types of respirators, chemical clothing, suit accessories, monitoring and detection equipment, and suit donning techniques.

Where can I get the 8-hour hands-on classroom training for the 40 hour and 16 hour HAZWOPER online/classroom combination courses?

After completing the online portion of the course, you may attend the hands-on classroom portion of the training. 

View the current classroom locations and schedule

The 8 hour hands-on classroom training is not currently provided in my area. What options do I have?

We offer several options to help meet your training needs. 


For OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER training:

If you will be getting employer-provided hands-on training with the specific equipment you will use, you may want to opt to take our OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Online course which is provided 100% online, and includes equipment instruction by video instead of hands-on practice.

If you would prefer to get the 8-hour hands-on training through your employer or another training provider, you may want to take our OSHA 32 Hour HAZWOPER Online course to combine with your 8 hours of hands-on training. In some cases, when students have taken our 32 hour online course and another training provider will not issue a 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification, we may be able to do so if sufficient proof is provided of taking the hands-on portion.


For OSHA 16 Hour HAZWOPER training: 

We offer an OSHA 16 Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade Online course as an option, which provides this course entirely online. This 100% Online course would be suitable for workers who will not be using equipment on the job OR for workers who will use equipment on the job, but will have employer-provided hands-on training on the specific equipment they will use.

Students who took the 24 Hour HAZWOPER training course from another training provider, and enroll in our OSHA 16 Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade Combo course, must provide acceptable documentation of 24 Hour course completion before the 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification can be provided.


To request hands-on classroom training be added in your area, please contact us. Through affiliate partnerships with other training providers, we work to provide locations across the United States for the hands-on training. To ensure the highest quality training, we are very selective in choosing our affiliates.

Can I do my hands-on training during the HAZWOPER regulation required “minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor”?

The three-day direct supervision requirement has nothing to do with the training requirement. The direct supervision requirement is meant to ensure that newly trained employees are not sent to a work site unsupervised, and that they get at least three days of supervised field experience. This three day requirement is part of the job function period, not part of the training period.

If I already completed the 24 Hour HAZWOPER training, how can I upgrade to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER level?

If you have completed the 24 Hour HAZWOPER training course, you can upgrade to the HAZWOPER 40 Hour training level by taking an additional 16 hours of training through one of the following course options:

16 Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade (to the 40 Hour) – Online
16 Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade (to the 40 Hour) – Online/Class Combo

After completing the 24 Hour HAZWOPER training, how much time do I have to upgrade to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER level?

Students of the 24 Hr HAZWOPER training online course may later upgrade to the 40 hour HAZWOPER level by taking a 16 Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade course. There is no time limit within the OSHA regulation for when someone may add the 16 hour course to the initial 24 hour course. However, it is important that students complete the yearly refresher training sessions.

Can I use my one-time 8 Hour Initial HAZWOPER Supervisor training course as my refresher training for that year?

No, during the year a general hazardous waste site worker will be become a supervisor, OSHA expects 8 hours of management and supervisory training as well as 8 hours of employee refresher training. HAZWOPER requires supervisors to receive training and supervised field experience equivalent to the level of their employees and at least 8 additional hours of specialized training as described in 1910.120(e)(4).

What does OSHA say about computer-based or online HAZWOPER Refresher training?

Visit the OSHA HAZWOPER FAQ page to see OSHA’s response. 

What if more than 12 months have passed since I received my refresher training?

If more than 12 months have passed since you received refresher training, it does not mean you will need to take the initial training all over again. 

Per OSHA, “If the date for refresher training has lapsed, the need to repeat the initial training must be determined based on the employee’s familiarity with safety and health procedures used on site. The employee should take the next available refresher training course. There should be a record in the employee’s file indicating why the training has been delayed and when the training will be completed.” 

Our company is in the state of California. Should I follow the federal HAZWOPER regulation or the state HAZWOPER regulation?

Any state HAZWOPER Refresher training regulation would have to meet or exceed the federal standards. Therefore, it is beneficial to focus your efforts on meeting the state regulations and HAZWOPER training requirements, and by default, you will be covered for the federal standard as well.

What are NREMT’s requirements when applying for recertification?

Complete information on NREMT’s recertification requirements can be found on their website at NREMT.orgClick here to Download the EMT-Basic Recertification Requirements Brochure.

In applying for recertification, certified EMS professionals agree to comply with all recertification requirements, rules and standards of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The recertification applicant bears the burden of demonstrating and maintaining compliance at all times.

EMT-Basic / EMT Recertification

In applying for recertification, certified EMS professionals agree to comply with all recertification requirements, rules and standards of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The recertification applicant bears the burden of demonstrating and maintaining compliance at all times.

To Apply For Recertification You Must:

  1. Be actively working within an emergency medical service, rescue service, or patient health care facility using your EMT-Basic / EMT skills.
  2. Complete all educational requirements prior to March 31.
  3. Complete the recertification report in its entirety and submit the completed report prior to March 31.
  4. Demonstrate continued cognitive (knowledge) competency through continuing education or examination.

Continuing Education Option

Complete a total of 72 hours of education including:

  • Completion of an approved 24 hour DOT National Standard EMT-Basic / EMT Refresher
  • Completion of 48 hours of additional continuing EMS related education as outlined below
  • Pay the $15.00 (US funds only) recertification application fee at the time of submission of documentation

Exam Option

Certified EMS professionals may make one attempt to demonstrate continued cognitive competency by taking an examination (in lieu of documenting continuing education) within six months of their expiration date (October 1 through March 31).

Log in to the NREMT website and complete an application for recertification by examination.

Pay the $70 examination fee prior to scheduling the exam.


 DETAILED CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

1) Complete an approved EMT-Basic / EMT Refresher. The EMT-Basic / EMT refresher course can be completed through two different options:

  • Traditional refresher course – an approved DOT National Standard EMT-Basic / EMT Refresher
  • Continuing education topical hours* – refresher may be completed by continuing education and must include the topics and hours listed below: 
Topics Hours Required
Preparatory 1 hour
Airway 2 hours
OB, Infants, Children 2 hours
Patient Assessment 3 hours
Medical/Behavior 4 hours
Trauma 4 hours
Elective 8 hour
Total 24 hours

* Some states require the traditional refresher course and will not accept continuing education hours. Please refer to your state’s particular requirements.

** A maximum number of 10 hours CECBEMS approved Distrubutive Education can be applied to refresher education.

2) Additional EMS Related Continuing Education-48 hours

The following are maximum hours per course that can be applied towards Additional Continuing Education hours:

  • A maximum number of 24 hours can be applied from any one topic area
  • A maximum of 16 hours can be applied from each of the following courses: ABLS, AMLS, BTLS, NALS, PEPP, PHTLS, PPC
  • A maximum number of 12 hours can be applied from each of the following courses: Teaching, CPR, Emergency, Driving, Dispatch Training
  • A maximum number of 24 hours of CECBEMS approved Distributive Education can be applied to continuing education requirements.

College Courses

A maximum of 24 hours can be applied towards additional continuing education hours from the college level courses related to EMS. These courses include but are not limited to: Anatomy/Physiology, Pharmacology, Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Microbiology

Hours from the following courses can be applied hour for hour with no maximum: Advanced Trauma Life Support, Refresher Course Instruction, and Wilderness EMS Training.

Courses that Can Not Be Applied Towards Continuing Education Hours: Clinical Rotations, CPR, Home Study Programs, Instructor Courses, Management/Leadership Courses, Performance of Duty, Preceptor Hours, Serving as a skill examination, and Volunteer time with agencies.

3) Maintain skills as verified by your Training Program Director, Director of Operations or Physician Medical Director. (Requires signature on your recertification application validating psychomotor competency).

4) Obtain CPR certification at the appropriate level current to March 31.

What if I am registered with an Inactive Status with the NREMT?

Inactive status can only be requested by NREMTs who have completed at least 6 months of EMS patient care during their first registration cycle.

Inactive status with the NREMT signifies a National Certified provider who is currently not providing patient care. Often this is misunderstood. Registrants who wish to declare inactive status must continue to meet the NREMT recertification requirements. The NREMT confirms that “inactive” EMS providers are “not working.” Therefore, inactive status is useful for administrators, educators, managers, etc., but not for those who have left EMS and also failed to maintain competency via completion of the recertification education requirements.

Inactive status is not for those unable to obtain and meet the educational requirements or those who have had limitations or revocation of a health care license.

Registrants who request inactive status at the EMR and EMT levels do not need to obtain verification of skills from their training officers. Again, these registrants must complete all refresher, continuing education and CPR requirements. These registrants are eligible to recertify via examination if they so choose. CPR certification remains a requirement even for those who pass the examination.

Registrants who request inactive status at the AEMT or Paramedic levels do not need to obtain verification of skills from their medical directors. Again, these registrants must complete all refresher, continuing education and both CPR and ACLS requirements. These registrants are eligible to recertify via examination if they so choose. CPR and ACLS remain a requirement even for those who pass the examination.

Applying for Active Status when registered as Inactive

Movement from Inactive to Active status requires the registrant to complete Section III of the re-certification requirements. Fundamentally the registrant must work with their future or current employer so that he/she is willing to verify competency of the skills found on the recertification form. In order to do this the registrant must retrieve the form from the NREMT website, have the form completed and then forward it to the NREMT. No fee is required to move from inactive to active status.

I have taken an EMT course and am currently working as an EMT-B, but do not have a certificate from the National Registry. What do I need to do to get my NREMT Certificate?

To get the NREMT certificate, the EMT Basic must start an application with the National Registry, take a 24 hour EMT Refresher course, perform Skills Testing and take the NREMT Exam.

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