So it's that magical time of year where I realize my EMT license expires next spring, and I ought to get a preemptive start on doing my refresher.
Obviously, this involves an epic choice between recertifying in Massachusetts vs. recertifying in New York. :)
New York EMT licenses last for 3 years. Refreshing in New York City involves Challenge Exams (similar to the normal state practical), and then 3-4 months of classes. You're required to attend the ones regarding the sections that you did badly on during the Challenge. Then you get a final exam.
Massachusetts EMT licenses last for 2 years. Refreshing requires 28 CMEs and a 24 hour refresher class. You can do all of the CMEs and 18 of those 24 hours online.
The 3 year thing is really tempting. When I got my original Massachusetts license reciprocated by New York, they went according to the date on my Massachusetts license. So both of my licenses expire in the spring of 2011, 2 years after I got certified.
But I'm moving back to Massachusetts in 28 days, so a refresher class in New York isn't exactly practical.
And, little known fact:
I LOVE ONLINE CMES. Even if I didn't need them to recertify, I'd still be doing them.
EMCert.com, my personal favorite and the place where I have a 1 year subscription :)