National Credential
Credential: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)  In-Demand resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) provides basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. AEMTs possess basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation and function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. AEMTs perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, possess current National Certification at the EMT level or a current state license at the EMT level or higher, have completed a state-approved AEMT course, have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent credential, and pass both the National Registry Advanced Emergency Medical Technician psychomotor exam and the Advanced EMT Cognitive Exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68W Combat Medic Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II Star credentialStar    
Enlisted F2 Critical Care Flight Paramedic ASI some          
Enlisted Q5 Special Forces Combat Diving, Medical ASI some          
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI most          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: Possess current National Certification at the EMT level or a current state license at the EMT level or higher.
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
6610 Busch Blvd
Rocco V. Morando Building
Columbus, OH  43229
Phone: (614) 888-4484
Fax: (614) 888-8920
Contact Page

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

Candidates must possess a current National Certification at the EMT level or a current state license at the EMT level or higher.

Candidates must successfully complete a state-approved Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. 

The course must have been completed within the past two years and the course Program Director must verify successful course completion on the NREMT website.

If the course was completed more than two years ago, and the candidate is currently state licensed at the AEMT level, the candidate must document successful completion of a state-approved AEMT refresher course or 36 hours of equivalent continuing education topic hours within the past two years.

If the course was completed more than two years ago and the candidate is not currently state licensed as an EMT, the candidate must complete a new state-approved AEMT course prior to applying for National Certification.

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Candidate must have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent credential.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

  • Airway, Respiration & Ventilation (18%-22%)
  • Cardiology & Resuscitation (21%-25%)
  • Trauma (14%-18%)
  • Medical; Obstetrics & Gyn (26%-30%)
  • EMS Ops (11%-15%)

The Advanced EMT psychomotor examination consists of ten skills presented in a scenario-type format.

  • Patient Assessment-Trauma
  • Patient Assessment-Medical
  • Ventilatory Management
  • Cardiac Arrest Management/AED
  • IV and Medication Skills
  • Pediatric Intraosseous Infusion Skills
  • Spinal Immobilization (Supine Patient)
  • Random EMT Skills

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) testing process, visit the agency website.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Advanced-EMTs are required to renew their certification every two years. AEMTs can recertify by either taking the cognitive examination or by completing continuing education. The agency encourages individuals to reference the specific license renewal requirements for the state of licensure.
  • The Advanced-EMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 50 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component, (2) a local/state component, and (3) an individual component.
  • AEMTs may choose to recertify by taking the cognitive competency exam rather than by documenting continuing education.