Entry and training (emergency medical technician)

This page provides information about the entry requirements and training for emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

A level 4 apprenticeship has been developed. 

Each ambulance service trust in the UK is responsible for its own recruitment and there is some variation between them about job titles and training routes in. It is therefore important that you check with any ambulance service directly about the opportunities they provide.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the level 4 apprenticeship, you will typically need to:


Training for the role of emergency medical technician is through a level 4 apprenticeship which takes 12-18 months.

Following an initial classroom-based course, you will continue your apprenticeship and learning whilst out on the road, responding to emergency calls as a valued member of the ambulance service trust’s frontline team. If you successfully complete the course, you will be eligible to continue as a qualified EMT role with the ambulance service trust.

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