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Education and Training

In Hawaiʻi, Emergency Medical Services personnel are either:

  • An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), trained in basic life support; or
  • A Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) or Paramedic, trained in basic and advanced life support and invasive medical techniques.

Step One: Become an EMT

Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) offers 400 hours of training during a one-semester course to prepare eligible students for the licensure examination. Students who pass the exam, based on certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, receive EMT Licensure from the State Board of Medical Examiners.

The EMT Academy is a work/study training program, where employees will attend school full-time in the Kapiʻolani Community College EMT program, while receiving full-time pay and benefits while employed with Honolulu Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Honolulu EMS will also pay for tuition costs and fees for each employee enrolled in the KCC EMT program. The goal is completion of all requirements for licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B) with the State of Hawaiʻi. When employees are not attending classes at KCC, they will participate in weekly supplemental training in our EMS division. Successful completion of the program and licensure in the State of Hawaiʻi will result in continued employment as an Emergency Medical Technician II. Applications will open annually in August, with the Academy beginning the following July.

Step Two: Gain Experience as an EMT

Internship and contract opportunities are available with the City and County of Honolulu EMS division.

Step Three: Get Licensed as a MICT

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who have worked at least one year and responded to a minimum of 100 emergency calls as Team Lead are eligible to apply for the Mobile Intensive Care Technicians (MICT) training program at KCC. The program provides 1,250 hours of training over a period of 12 months to prepare students for the licensure exam. Students who pass the exam, based on certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, receive EMT-P Licensure from the State Board of Medical Examiners.

EMTs who have worked for the City and County of Honolulu EMS for at least one year are eligible to apply for the Mobile Emergency Care Specialist Training Program - a work study program that supports students by assisting with school expenses.

Step Four: Continuing Medical Education

To maintain their licenses, MICTs must attend at least 60 hours of retraining and continuing medical education courses every two years. These classes are readily available through KCC and the City and County of Honolulu pays associated fees.

To learn more about the EMT and MICT programs, call (808) 734-9288 or visit Kapiʻolani Community College's EMT and MICT web pages.

Employment with the City and County

The City and County of Honolulu EMS provides employment opportunities at both the EMT and MICT levels.EMTs are eligible for limited term and contract positions and MICTs can apply for permanent positions with the City and County of Honolulu EMS as a Mobile Emergency Care Specialist I (MECS I).  Please contact EMS Personnel at (808) 723-7906 for contract position applications.  To apply for a limited term EMT position or a permanent MECS I position, please visit the City and County of Honolulu Department of Human Resources site during the recruitment period.  If the positions are not currently open for recruitment, submit a Job Interest Card to be notified when the next recruitment period opens.  If selected, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination administered by the City. 

Still Have Questions?

For information about EMT or Paramedic training in the State of Hawaiʻi, please contact:

University of Hawaiʻi
Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC)
Department of Emergency Medical Services
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-9288

For information about Hawaiʻi State Certification as an EMT or Paramedic, please contact:

Hawaiʻi State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Hawai'i Medical Board
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-3000 for applications
(808) 586-2699 for inquiries

To obtain an Application for Employment with the City and County of Honolulu, please contact:

City and County of Honolulu
Department of Human Resources
650 South King Street, 10th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 768-8536

Training Resources

KCC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program provides basic and advanced life support to patients in the pre-hospital emergency setting.
Visit the KCC Website

EMT Academy

The EMT Academy is a work/study training program, where employees will attend school full-time in the KCC EMT program, while receiving full-time pay and benefits while employed with Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. Honolulu EMS will also pay for tuition costs and fees for each employee enrolled in the KCC EMT program.

Opportunities will be posted at the City and County of Honolulu Department of Human Resources website.
Visit the Human Resources Website

KCC Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) Program

The Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) is also known as the Paramedic (EMT-P). Certification as an EMT is a prerequisite to the MICT program. 
Visit the MICT Program Website

EMS in Action

EMT Testimonials

"Back in 2015, my family and I had a health scare with my dad. We had to call 911 for assistance. EMS is the reason my dad is still with us today. I am hoping one day to become a paramedic and be able to help someone like they helped my dad."

Donovan Gomes, EMT Academy Class of 2022

"I wanted to become an EMT because I’ve always had an interest in the medical field and I feel like this is a great beginners mark. The eventual goal is nursing but you definitely need a little bit of experience before jumping right into that. And I felt that this had more real world experience as compared to a CNA, that sees minor things on a regular basis, whereas I see a lot more dramatic and traumatic things in a pre-hospital setting. So later on when I am a nurse, I will know what happens before patients get to the hospital."

Jamie Browne, EMT Academy Class of 2022

"For me, the desire to become an EMT came from the interactions I had witnessed prior to joining the program. The professionalism and care exhibited by EMS providers, to people I hold dear to me, motivated me to pursue this career."

Jairus Gabriel Cabo, EMT Academy Class of 2022
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