Provider Re-Entry

Overview and Explanation

In an effort to overcome the staffing issues that our communities are facing The Pennsylvania Department of Health- Bureau of EMS has provided exceptions to the current EMS Regulations to allow expired providers to reinstate their EMS certification.


Exception  – Providers less than one year expired

Until revoked or amended by the department, the following regulatory exception is in effect: EMS providers whose certifications have expired but have not been expired for more than one year, shall not be required to take the written examination as outlined in 28 PA Code § 1023.21(e)(1). All other requirements set forth in 28 PA Code § 1023.21(e) remain in full force and effect. 


  • Applicants must have a current CPR credential from a Department of Health approved course listed below
    • AAOS –  Emergency Care & Safety Institute – Health Care Provider CPR (Professional)
    • American Red Cross – BLS Provider
    • American Safety & Health Institute – CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer
    • American Safety & Health Institute – BLS for Healthcare Providers
    • EMS Safety Services – BLS for Healthcare Providers
    • Geisinger Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Military Training Network (MTN) of Resuscitative Medicine  – BLS for Healthcare Providers
    • National Safety Council
    • Pro CPR LLC – Pro-CPR Healthcare Provider CPR (Blended with Skills Evaluation)

Please note that continuing education units are not awarded for completing approved CPR courses.



To view requirements for each level click the on level below.


Access their profile in the PA EMS Registry by using the Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge browsers, and complete the following:
    1. Applicant Data – General Information Tab:
        a) Verify/update your contact information
        b) Be sure to click update data so that it saves your changes.
        c) Confirm the pop-up question to lock the changes in the system.

    2. EMS Application/CPR Tab:
        a) Input the information from your current and PA DOH BEMS approved
    3. Con ED Tab:
        a) If you have completed any Con ED classes within two years of the application date.
    4. EMS Practitioner Status Report – select the date range button and enter the following:
                Start date = today’s date, two years ago ex 03/03/2018

                End Date = today’s actual date ex. 03/03/2020
    5. Complete the required education by attending traditional classes or using online learning.
        a) Train PA is the learning management system that is provided for you free of cost and you will use the same username as the
             PA EMS Registry (pa + your EMS Cert number) and the initial password is the same as your username. You will then be
             prompted to change your password. Be cautious to not create a duplicate account as this will create an issue with your
             classes transferring to your profile in the PA EMS Registry.
        b) Traditional Classes can be attended, and you will need to enter your certification number on a roster, and you should attend
             classes that will meet the requirements of this exception.
        c) Con ED by Endorsement is a way to enter class information that you completed outside of the previously mentioned
             educational methods. The application can be found at the bottom of your Con ED tab and a job aid is under the help menu.
    6. Process conclusion
        a) Ensure that all requirements are completed and submit the electronic reinstatement application within the PA EMS Registry.
              1) General Information Tab
                    i) Answer the questions in the Criminal History / Disciplinary Actions section

              2) Manage My Certifications (dropdown at the bottom of General Information page)
                    i) Select Reinstatement from the list
                    ii) Check Con-ED from the choices provided
                    iii) Click Submit and follow the prompts as provided for confirmation.
                         Any missing required information will be in red.
              3) The application will be reviewed by the assigned Regional EMS Council and if all the requirements are met it will then be
                   approved and sent to the Bureau of EMS for final approval and reinstatement.

              4) Once the final review is approved by the PA Bureau of EMS the reinstatement credentials will be printed and mailed to
                   the address listed in the PA EMS Registry.