Monday, 25 September 2017

Last Updated: 3/2005

Tidewater EMS Council, Inc.

Policy on Registration and Fees for Consolidated Test Sites


I. Introduction

The Tidewater EMS Council is the sponsor of consolidated testing for state EMS certification examinations. This policy is in effect only for this program and may, or may not, be similar to procedures in other regions or at independent examinations offered outside of the consolidated system.

The consolidated testing program is a service provided to EMS students and providers seeking state certification. The Council and Test Site Coordinators are responsible for all details related to scheduling, coordinating and providing an examination in accordance with state and regional standards. The test candidate is responsible for pre-registration, fees when required (see section IV below), attendance and any state required paperwork. It is ultimately the test candidate's responsibility to ensure that all arrangements have been made.


II. Schedule

The Council will publish a schedule of consolidated test dates and locations. It is possible that the schedule may change due to circumstances beyond the Council’s control. The Council may cancel a test site due to low registration. If a test site is cancelled by the Council, examination fees (see section IV below) will be refunded or transferred to another test date.


III. Registration

EMS Instructors must ensure that each of their students pre-register for examinations. Registration lists of entire groups are not accepted. All students must pre-register for examinations electronically. 

Individual registration must be received by the Council office ten (10) days prior to the examination date or by the deadline specified on the on-line registration form. For tests requiring a fee, the registration is incomplete until the fee is paid.  No payments will be accepted at the test site. All payments must be received by the Council office prior to the test date. If payment is not received, the student will not be allowed to test. The Council is not responsible for lost, misdirected, illegible, late, delivery by third party or otherwise undelivered test site registration or fees.

Registration is a request to reserve a seat in the examination. Candidates will be notified of receipt of their registration and whether or not it is accepted for the chosen test. It is possible that examination sites might be full, requiring students to select another date and location. 


IV. Examination Fees

Test candidates who wish to take the psychomotor test or re-test for Emergency Medical Responder or EMT are assessed a fee of $50.00 initial test / $25.00 retest. The fee must be paid in advance electronically when registering or to the council  office by money order, personal check, cash or credit card. All fees are to be made payable to the Tidewater EMS Council. The test candidate is not registered until the test fee and completed registration are received by the Council. Test fees are refundable if cancellation is made with the Council office at least 24 hours prior to the examination date.

There are no test fees for written examinations.

The Council will accept payments from EMS agencies on behalf of their members and EMS instructors on behalf of their students. Therefore, agency representatives need to work closely with the Council staff regarding this option. The refund policy applies to agency payments.


V. Cancellation and Non-Attendance

Students may cancel attendance at a consolidated test at any time. Cancellation may be in writing, e-mail or by phone to the Council office. Cancellations must be made directly with the Council office. The Council is not responsible for cancellations that were somehow expected to be made by a third party, including instructors. Test fees are not refundable if cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to the examination dates.

Non-attendance at a consolidated test for which the test candidate has pre-registered forfeits any fees, if applicable. Additionally, a $25 fee will be assessed of all no-shows prior to re-registering for an exam.  This fee is non-negotiable.


VI. Failure to register and/or Bring Applicable Forms

Test candidates who fail to register will not be admitted to the examination.

Test candidates who fail to bring the proper Office of EMS eligibility letter, government issued photo ID & OEMS application form supplied by their instructor to the test site will not be admitted to the examination. Students should refer to correspondence sent by the Office of EMS and direct any questions as to what is necessary to bring to the site to their instructor.


VII. Confirmation

Immediate confirmation, with a link to driving directions, will be provided when registering on-line.  If confirmation is not received, contact the TEMS office at (757) 963-0632.


Click here for State EMS Testing in Tidewater and on-line test registration

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