Information for Out of State Applicants

To practice as an EMT at any level in Colorado, you MUST have a current Colorado certification. The state of Colorado does not give any grace period, and does not recognize any other state’s EMT certification. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification by itself does not constitute Colorado certification.

If you currently reside outside Colorado and desire to apply for employment with the Denver Paramedics, you must first apply for and receive Colorado state certification.

The state requires all applicants for Colorado certification must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Establish lawful presence in the US
  • Be currently certified by NREMT
  • Hold a current CPR certification
  • Submit to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation fingerprint-based criminal history record check. In addition, a fingerprint-based FBI check is required if you have lived outside of Colorado at any time during the past three years.


Additionally, Colorado EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic applicants must also include evidence of ACLS certification.

For more information on applying for Colorado certification, and to download the application, click here to be redirected to the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment website. The CDPHE can also be contacted by phone at (303) 692-2000.