National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
The National Registry, established in 1970 as a non-profit organization, is the Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Certification organization. The mission of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians has always been centered on protecting the public and advancing the EMS profession.
The National Registry’s mission is to provide a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers, and to maintain a registry of certification status.
The National Registry is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of some of the most prominent figures from all segments of the EMS community and the general public. Our board members are committed to public protection and quality patient care.
The National Registry is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
It has been nearly five decades since President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee on Highway Traffic Safety recommended the creation of a national certification agency to establish uniform standards for training and examination of personnel active in the delivery of emergency ambulance service. The result of this recommendation was the creation of the National Registry in 1970. Prior to that time, a national certification standard for emergency medical care did not exist.
Since then, the National Registry has certified nearly two million EMS providers. Today, over 400,000 individuals are currently Nationally Certified at the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced-EMT (AEMT), or Paramedic level.