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State EMS Testing in the Tidewater Region


NOT THE REGIONAL ALS SANCTIONING TEST.  Click Here for the regional ALS sanctioning test.

Candidates (students) at consolidated test sites are not permitted to bring any electronic devices onto the premises - these must be left in their vehicles or at home.  Anyone who thinks they may have a personal emergency may be directed to call the CTS coordinator or his/her designee, at the Regional Council's discretion.  Evaluators and CTS staff members are not affected by this directive at this time. 


The Tidewater EMS Council coordinates all state EMS test sites in this region. All EMS students and providers who need to take a state certification exam must register with the Tidewater EMS Council prior to the deadlines posted for any given test site. Early registration is encouraged, as various locations have limited seats due to fire code restrictions. Candidates should read the Policy on Registration and Fees for Consolidated Test Sites before registering.


Students must bring THEIR OEMS eligibility letter to the test site to be admitted and allowed to test. Those without current and proper OEMS paperwork will not be allowed to test!!! Also, bring a government-issued photo ID and completed the OEMS application form supplied by your instructor.

As a backup, in the event the OEMS eligibility letter is lost or stolen, students may fax or email their OEMS eligibility letter in advance of the test date to the Tidewater EMS Council to help ensure their letter is available at the test site. Fax to 757-963-2325 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This backup in no way relieves the student from bringing the eligibility letter to the test site.


Attention Instructors:

Instructors are highly encouraged to require students to register themselves for testing using the on-line registration process below. Instructors may choose to register individual students using the same link provided below for individual candidates. If the instructor registers students on their behalf, it is the instructor's responsibility to ensure that each student is provided with a confirmation letter and that each student is aware of all required documentation needed for testing.

Those who fail to bring required documentation to the test site will not be allowed to test and forfeit your registration fee.

Attention Individual Candidates:

All individuals in need of Virginia EMS certification or recertification testing are required to electronically register to test with the EMS council using our on-line registration system (see "Register Now" button below).

There is a $50.00 fee for psychomotor testing or a $25.00 fee for practical retesting per student for all First Responder and EMT-B testing. Your registration WILL NOT be final until the fee is received.  A $25.00 fee will be charged for No-Shows or Cancelations less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled test site.  Please do not register unless you plan to test. If you register and need to cancel, call the Tidewater EMS Council office (757 963-0632 between 8:30 am and 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday except holidays) at least 24 hours prior to the test site to avoid the No-Show fee.

There is no fee for written testing or written retesting. However, written and retest candidates must register with the council. Ask your course coordinator for information about practical testing for advanced life support courses.

Please note: You will receive immediate online confirmation as well as an email confirmation when registering electronically.  Print your confirmation.  The confirmation will provide information you will need for the test site and a link for driving directions.  Click here to repeat the important information about what to bring to a test site. You must be registered for a test site to be admitted to the test site.

Register Now

If you have question, comments or suggestions, email the Regional EMS Education Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (757) 963-0632.


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