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Local System Orientation Examination


The Local System Orientation Examination is a requirement (Policy 214) for all providers entering the Santa Clara County EMS System. The exam is designed to assess an individual’s knowledge of Santa Clara County policies and procedures, treatment protocols, radio communications, hospital/facility destination policies, and other unique system features to ensure providers are prepared to enter into service within our EMS System. Separate versions of the exam will be provided to EMT's and paramedics. The paramedic version also includes the paramedic accreditation exam.

The exam consists of 50 questions and a score of 85% or higher is required to successfully pass the exam. Those who do not obtain a passing score will be required to return and retake the exam at one of the scheduled exam testing dates.

Prior to taking the Local System Orientation Examination, all providers are required to watch the EMS System training videos as well as read the Santa Clara County Prehospital Care Policy manual. Please review each policy to ensure an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of paramedics and EMT’s working within the Santa Clara County EMS System. 

EMS Training VideosPolicy Manual

Registration for the Local System Orientation Examination may be completed through the link below. Please select the date you wish to attend and complete the registration form. An email stating that your registration has been received will be sent once your application is submitted. An additional email confirming your registration will be sent within 5 business days which will include parking instructions and details for your specific testing date. Please ensure your email address on the application is accurate as this will be the email for registration correspondence.

Only individuals who have registered will be allowed to take the exam.


Doors will be closed 5 minutes past the start time listed for each exam. Please plan accordingly and arrive early. Those arriving late will not be allowed to test and will be required to reschedule and take the exam at a later date.

Date and Time

  • ​1/10/2019 1400-1600
  • 1/28/2019 0930-1130
  • 2/14/2019 1400-1600
  • 2/25/2019 0930-1130
  • 3/7/2019 1400-1600
  • 3/18/2019 0930-1130
  • 4/11/2019 1400-1600
  • 4/22/2019 0930-1130
  • 5/9/2019 1400-1600
  • 5/20/2019 0930-1130
  • 6/6/2019 1400-1600
  • 6/17/2019 0930-1130
  • 7/11/2019 1400-1600
  • 7/22/2019 0930-1130
  • 8/8/2019 1400-1600
  • 8/19/2019 0930-1130
  • 9/5/2019 1400-1600
  • 9/16/2019 0930-1130
  • 10/3/2019 1400-1600
  • 10/21/2019 0930-1130
  • 11/7/2019 1400-1600
  • 11/18/2019 0930-1130
  • 12/5/2019 1400-1600
  • 12/16/2019 0930-1130


Last updated: 1/8/2019 12:35 PM