Where to get training as an EMT or paramedic in San Francisco

Find out where to get training for your initial or renewal certification or accreditation, or to further your knowledge within EMS.

Training we accept

In San Francisco, we only accept continuing education credits approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) or by the California EMS Authority.

We also accept Basic Life Support Provider CPR cards from:

  • Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • American Safety and Health Institute

CPR and AED training

These organizations offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training. You can use these to renew your certification:

Continuing education for recertification

Initial EMS training programs

These organizations offer EMT and paramedic training programs  to begin a career in emergency medical  services (EMS):

Additional approved training opportunities

You can further your professional development and get continuing education units (CEUs) for recertification through these organizations:

Other training

Look up California approved EMS continuing education training programs in San Francisco and around the state.

If you’re obtaining continuing education credits from an outside source (for example: outside of CA, via an online platform, or training from the military) and you are unsure if they are approved, you can visit Commission on Accreditation for Pre-hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). Go to “Find Course” to see if the provider is approved.



The San Francisco EMS Agency does not endorse any specific training program. The links here are provided for reference purposes only. This is not a comprehensive list of all available, approved training programs.

If your organization would like to be added to our list of training programs on this webpage, contact ronald.pikejr@sfgov.org.

Last updated May 13, 2024