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Local System Orientation Examination



Due to current events the EMS Agency will be modifying the EMS Exam testing. The EMS EXAM will now be offered once a week (see schedule below) by reservation only.  Reservations for the exam may be made by calling the EMS Agency or emailing Each Exam will have a limited number of openings in efforts to ensure proper social distancing. Each person testing will be assigned a specific 15 minute window of when they are to arrive for the exam. You will not be allowed to test unless you arrive to the classroom during your specific timeframe. We recommend that you arrive prior to your scheduled time and wait in your car until the appropriate time frame. If you are unable to make it during the time frame you have been assigned or decide to cancel from the exam you are required to notify the EMS Agency at least 24 hours prior to the Exam. 

During this time the exam will be held at the EMS Agency Office.

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

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 Start Time

All dates listed below will offers the exam at 9 a.m, 10 a.m, and 11 a.m. Registration is mandatory and walk ins will not be allowed.

Each testing time will be limited to six (6) to ensure appropriate spacing.

  • August 5
  • August 12
  • August 19
  • August 26
  • September 2
  • September 9
  • September 16
  • September 23
  • September 30​​​​​​
Last updated: 7/23/2020 10:31 AM