Echo Hose Ambulance, in partnership with the State of Connecticut’s Office of Emergency Services, offers the Practical Certification Exam twice a month. These exams are coordinated by Echo Hose Ambulance but proctored and overseen by the State of Connecticut’s practical exam evaluators and Chief Examiner. Exam evaluators are not employees of Echo Hose Ambulance; they are experienced State-approved evaluators that come from all over Connecticut to evaluate the exams.
We make the exam process quick and easy.
Exam candidates are quickly registered upon arrival to the testing facility. Our goal is to ensure the highest quality exam process while minimizing test anxiety. Our exam site is consistently recognized as a premier testing location with friendly, well-organized staff who provide easy to follow testing procedures. Expect to complete the test in 1-3 hours. Students retaking the exam usually leave the facility within 1 hour; most initial students complete the exam by 11 AM.
Exam Site Location
We are located at 430 Coram Ave, Shelton CT 06484
Arrive by 7:20AM. Doors close at 7:50AM.
Candidates arriving after 7:50AM will NOT be admitted into the examination and forfeit their examination fee.
There are no refunds for those that do not show up or arrive late to the exam.
Full Exam (5 stations): $110.00
Retest Exam (2 stations): $60.00
Candidates must register 10 days prior to the exam date. Once scheduled, students are not allowed to transfer to another test date.
Payment is non-refundable. If an exam is canceled due to inclement weather, a catastrophic event, or due to a lack of candidates, you will be notified via your registration email. Your registration will be transferred to the next available testing date of your choice. Failure to report to a scheduled exam will result in forfeiting test registration and fees.
There is no waiting list; if an exam is sold out, please choose another date.
No third party inquiries. We can only communicate with the registered candidates.
There are no refunds or transfers.
Full Exam Description
Candidates are tested at each examination on five (5) required skills:
- Medical assessment,
- Trauma assessment,
- Random skill (joint immobilization, long bone immobilization, or bleeding control / shock),
- CPR/AED, and
- Airway management.
Candidates must have either completed a Connecticut OEMS approved Emergency Medical Technician course within 2 years of their exam date, or have an expired Connecticut or NREMT certification that needs to be reinstated, or are working towards completing the examination for endorsement as an EMT or EMR.
Retest Exam Description
Candidates who have failed two (2) stations may retake their failed stations on another date. Candidates repeating the exam may not necessarily repeat the same station that they originally failed. The scenario for each exam is chosen on the day of the exam by the Chief Examiner.
Rules and Requirements
Candidates must arrive 10 minutes prior to exam start time. Candidates arriving later than 10 minutes prior to exam start time will NOT be admitted into the exam and will forfeit their exam fee.
Talking, outside papers (NREMT skill sheets, notes), electronic devices, weapons, and books are not permitted in the testing or staging areas. Leave these items in your vehicle or at the front desk. Echo Hose Training Center is not responsible for items left at the examination site.
What to Wear to Your Examination
Candidates must not wear any clothing that identifies them as belonging to an organization, agency, or department (e.g. fire department, police, EMS shirts). No hats are permitted. Clothing should be business casual and allow for unrestricted movement, so that examination activities can be performed (shorts, skirts and low-cut shirts are not permitted). Those dressed inappropriately may be required to change attire prior to the start of the test.
What to Bring to Your Examination
Candidates MUST bring one form of identification to the exam that is current and valid. This ID must include a photo and signature, and be a U.S. or state official ID (passport, military ID, driver’s license, or official student ID). Any candidate who does not comply will be dismissed from the exam and forfeit their exam fee and test results.
Requesting Special Accommodations
Testing accommodations may be provided with authorization from OEMS. Documentation supporting the need for accommodation must be provided with the request. All requests for special accommodation must be made ten (10) business days prior to the exam and directly with OEMS (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 860-509-7975.
Direct complaints regarding the testing process to the Chief Examiner on the day of your exam.
Getting your results.
Results are provided in a Pass/Fail format. Echo Hose Ambulance does not receive any test results. Examination results are provided to your EMS instructor by OEMS. Allow up to ten (10) business days for OEMS to provide your results. Your EMS instructor will notify you of the results. No results are provided on the day of the exam.