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International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC®)
Specialty Certifications:

Approved  Review
Courses and Examinations

 

FLIGHT PARAMEDIC

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The Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) exam candidate is a paramedic professional who is seeking employment with or who is currently associated with an air medical and or ground critical care patient transport service. The candidate must possess an advanced level knowledge of the various transport environments, not the sole requirements or specifications for any one individual transport program or patient population, i.e.: adult, pediatrics, neonatal, maternal, etc.

 

ELIGIBILITY To obtain certification, the candidate must meet each of the following:
  • Hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as a paramedic 

  • Complete an approved examination application 

  • Submit paramedic license or certification for verification and approval.

The examination is available in computer-based testing (CBT), traditional paper-pencil testing (PBT), and remote proctor testing (RPT) formats.

The Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) Examination consists of 110 scored items and 25 unscored items.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RECERTIFICATION

 

  • Maintain current FP-C certification

  • Maintain current, unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice

    • Any restriction(s) must be reported to the IBSC

  • Complete and submit 100 approved continuing education (CE) credits

  • Pay the required recertification fees

  1. Continuing Education (CE) should have a clear and direct application to the practice of medicine in the area of specialty.

  2. For FP-C®/ CCP-C® a minimum of 100 contact hours must be submitted; 75 of the contact hours must be in the CLINICAL category. 16 CLINICAL hours must be from an approved FP-C®/ CCP-C® review class. 25 CE's may be in the OPERATIONAL category to complete the 100 hours. It is acceptable to have more than 75 of the contact hours in the CLINICAL category.

COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC

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The expectation for the CP-C exam candidate is competency in mobile integrated healthcare and expanded EMS services in rural and urban settings, including various healthcare, mental health, and housing and social service needs. This examination is not meant to test entry-level knowledge, but rather to validate competency of those paramedics providing services beyond the roles of traditional emergency care and transport.

CP-C ELIGIBILITY

To obtain certification, the candidate must hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as a EMT, paramedic, or other nursing or community health worker with appropriate education and training as defined by local rule or regulation.

Examination consists of 110 scored items and 25 unscored items.

Recertification can be achieved one of two ways:

1. Successfully retake the written certification examination

2. Complete the required recertification hours

 

Eligibility Requirements for Recertification

1. Complete and submit 100 recertification hours, and

2. Pay the required recertification fees

A minimum of 100 approved continuing education (CE) credits must be submitted in the following subject areas: o Community Based Needs o Interdisciplinary Collaboration o Patient Centric Care o Wellness and Safety o Preventative Care and Education for Patient/Client and Caregiver o Ethical and Legal consideration Preventive Care and Patient Education 

TACTICAL RESPONDER

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The Certified Tactical Responder (TR-C) exam candidate is at minimum an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) or Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) currently providing medical care in austere and care-under-fire environments. The expectation for the TR-C examination candidate is knowledge in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments, as well as thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine. Candidates should have significant knowledge of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care guidelines, management of the full tactical injury spectrum (from less-than-lethal to CBRNE), force health protection, and medico-legal aspects of Tactical Emergency Medical Services

The Certified Tactical Responder (TP- C) Examination consists of 110 questions (100 scored and 10 non-scored pretest questions)

TR-C Recertification

Recertification options for the Certified Tactical Responder (TR-C) credential include the following:

  • Retake the written certification examination

  • Complete the required continuing education (CE) credits

Eligibility Requirements for Recertification

  • Maintain current TR-C certification

  • Hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), or Law enforcement Officer (LEO)

  • Submit copy of current certification and or licensure

  • Complete 16 hours of tactical casualty care education consistent with current TCCC/TECC guidelines that are state, provincial or CAPCE approved.

CRITICAL CARE PARAMEDIC

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The Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) examination candidate is a paramedic professional who is seeking employment with or who is currently associated with an air medical and or ground critical care patient transport service. The candidate must possess an advanced level knowledge of the various transport environments, not the sole requirements or specifications for any one individual transport program or patient population, i.e.: adult, pediatrics, neonatal, maternal, bariatric, etc.

ELIGIBILITY To obtain certification, the candidate must meet each of the following:
  • Hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as a paramedic 

  • Complete an approved examination application 

  • Submit paramedic license or certification for verification and approval.

The examination is available in computer-based testing (CBT), traditional paper-pencil testing (PBT), and remote proctor testing (RPT) formats.

The Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) Examination consists of 125 scored items and 10 unscored items.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RECERTIFICATION

 

  • Maintain current CCP-C certification

  • Maintain current, unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice

    • Any restriction(s) must be reported to the IBSC

  • Complete and submit 100 approved continuing education (CE) credits

  • Pay the required recertification fees

  1. Continuing Education (CE) should have a clear and direct application to the practice of medicine in the area of specialty.

  2. For FP-C®/ CCP-C® a minimum of 100 contact hours must be submitted; 75 of the contact hours must be in the CLINICAL category. 16 CLINICAL hours must be from an approved FP-C®/ CCP-C® review class. 25 CE's may be in the OPERATIONAL category to complete the 100 hours. It is acceptable to have more than 75 of the contact hours in the CLINICAL category.

TACTICAL PARAMEDIC

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The Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) exam candidate is a paramedic professional currently providing critical care in the austere and care-under-fire environments. The expectation for the TP-C examination candidate is knowledge in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments, as well as thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine. Candidates should have significant knowledge of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care guidelines, management of the full tactical injury spectrum (from less-than-lethal to CBRNE), force health protection, and medico-legal aspects of Tactical Emergency Medical Services.

ELIGIBILITY

To obtain certification, the candidate must: • Hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as a paramedic • Complete an approved examination application • Submit paramedic license or certification for verification and approval

The Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) Examination consists of 125 questions and 10 unscored items. 

TP-C Recertification

Recertification options for the Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) credential include the following:

  • Retake the written certification examination

  • Complete the required continuing education (CE) credits

Eligibility Requirements for Recertification

  • Maintain current TP-C certification

  • Maintain current, unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice

    • Any restriction(s) must be reported to the IBSC

  • Complete and submit 100 approved continuing education (CE) credits

  • Pay the required recertification fees

For TP-C® a minimum of 75 contact hours of CLINICAL category with a TEMS focus and 25 hours tactical OPERATIONAL education. TCCC is acceptable for 16 CE hours