What is it?

"Earn As You Learn" Education and Employment Opportunity!

US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program that combines:

  • PAID On-the-Job training with and ambulance company, hospital, or fire department in your local area
  • Online or classroom education provided by the School of EMS

Mix of Training

Earn your EMT certification within the first 12 weeks.

  • If you are currently EMT certified already, you will  bypass the EMT portion of the program
  • Combination of online/classroom education and local clinical experiences

Earn your Paramedic certification in approximately 44 weeks.

  • Once you have your EMT certification, you will begin the Paramedic portion of the program
  • Combination of online/classroom education, PAID On-the-Job training, and local clinical experiences

Locations of Work/Study and Placement

During the on-the-job training, you will be placed with an ambulance company, hospital, or fire department in your local area. If you are currently working with an ambulance company, hospital or fire department, you may be able to continue working for your employer during the on-the-job training if your employer establishes a sponsor agreement with CMS.  The education portion is online or in a classroom setting. Classroom education is in select locations only. If you are completing the program online, there will be a few times during the program that you will be required to attend classroom days at the School of EMS facilities. 

Funding and Monthly Stipends

The EMT- Paramedic Registered Apprenticeship Program allows for financial assistance through State Workforce Commission agencies and Veterans Administration. Eligibility for financial assistance is determined by the Workforce Commissions and the VA and is based on each individual apprentice.

Upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program, Compass Military Services will provide you with training program documentation, local Workforce Centers and VA contact information, application requirements and summary of process steps to access the funding, as well as assistance with allocation of the funding to the training expenses. 


  1. Contact Liz for more information/ask any questions: liz@compassmilitaryservices.com
  2. Submit application
  3. Training funding and monthly stipend payments are coordinated
  4. DOL Apprenticeship agreement is initiated
  5. Start your work/study program!
  6. Upon completion of work/study, test and become State certified as a Paramedic (program has 97% pass rate)
  7. Continue career at work/study employer or employer of your choice

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