EMT Application Process and Fee Payment

To be awarded the NQEMT at EMT level a candidate must successfully complete a two component examination:
1) NQEMT - EMT Assessment: Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) computer based examination and 2) a practical skills assessment: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).   

MCQ Exam Application
The candidate must complete an online exam application via the exam portal, ensure that it is certified by the training provider and submitted electronically via the exam portal. The application form, with the examination fee and photo ID, must be submitted to PHECC no later than the deadline published in the PHECC Examination Calendar. (all documents are available to the right of this page).

  1. Failure to submit a fully-completed application form along with the examination fee, will result in the application being refused.
  2. By submitting the application form in full you are verifying that all sections of the exam handbook have been read and understood and that he/she is committed to abiding by the terms and conditions.
  3. On receipt of the application form PHECC will issue each candidate with an authorisation email which will include a unique examination/eligibility number.  This will normally involve a five (5) business day turnaround period.
  4. If applying for special considerations, candidates must upload relevant educational report along with their applicationThe report will be reviewed and the exam team will contact you if you are eligible for additional accommodations i.e.  additional time and or reader.

Candidate Fee

The candidate must submit the appropriate fee according to the current schedule of fees  for the NQEMT exam. Payment has to be made as part of online application on the our examination portal.  Exam Fees are paid directly to PHECC upon submitting an application online.  This fee is non-refundable / non-transferable. 

Please only apply for exams when you are ready to take the exam.  Exams must be completed within 6 months of your course completion.

Candidate MCQ Test Booking

  1. On receipt of the authorisation email candidates can commence online booking with TestReach through the email link sent to them.   

  2. The MCQ exam will be available to eligible candidates to undertake the exam remotely.  Candidates wishing to apply to take the exam in a test centre, must indicate same when submitting their application to PHECC.  These spaces are limited to a Dublin Test Centre, (one date every 3 months).

  3. Candidates should ensure that there are five (5) full business days between the date of booking and the date of taking the exam.

  4. The contact number for TestReach-353 (0)1 6991385

    Frequently Asked Questions for Exam Candidates | TestReach

OSCE Examination

Following the successful completion of the MCQ, candidates will be notified by email, of the date, time and location of the next available OSCE.

OSCE Candidates 

All candidates are required to attend their scheduled OSCE/MCQ examination.  Candidates who fail to attend will forfeit their exam attempt and will be required to reapply in full with full examination fee.   Candidates may be excused from attending exams due to extenuating circumstances only (family bereavement, hospitalisation etc.) with prove of medical certificate outlining same. Candidates who provide satisfying evidence of extenuating circumstances will not be considered unsuccessful in their examination and may reapply in full to repeat the next available examination. Please refer to the candidate handbook for further details.  Examination fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Candidates are required to submit a fee with each application . 

Candidates applying for repeat OSCEs must submit their application via the online exam portal, together with the appropriate fee (via PayPal), no later than twenty days (4 weeks) prior to the OSCE date published in the exam calendar. 

NQEMT EMT OSCE Exam Dates  In line with the NQEMT Handbook, the first 100 candidates to successfully complete their MCQ examination prior to the closing date (listed on the examination calendar) will be accommodated on the next upcoming OSCE.  All remaining eligible candidates will be assigned to the following OSCE date (usually quarterly exams).  February, June, September and November.

Results EMT MCQ Examinations Results for the MCQ examination will be available on the day of your exam (onscreen and via log on to the TestReach App). Results are expressed as percentages awarded (usually within 24 hours), using the email provided by the candidate on the NQEMT application form. The pass mark for the EMT MCQ is 80%. EMT OSCE Examinations Results for OSCEs will issue via email within twenty five (25) business days of the OSCE by the PHECC examinations officer. Results will be expressed as and overall results of pass/fail.

The pass mark for each EMT OSCE is 80%.


Results for the MCQ examination will be available by logging into your TestReach account after the exam. Results for the MCQ examination, expressed as percentages awarded, will be emailed to each candidate as soon as possible after the completion of the MCQ exam (allow up to 5 business days), using the email provided by the candidate on the NQEMT application form.

The pass mark for the EMT MCQ is 80%.
Paramedic OSCE Examinations Results issue via email within twenty-five (25) business days of the OSCE.  Results are expressed an overall results of pass/fail.

Paramedic SWA Examinations Results for the SWA examination will emailed to each candidate within twenty-five (25) business days after the completion of the SWA exam, using the email provided by the candidate. Results will be expressed as percentages awarded. The pass mark for the Paramedic SWA examination is 70%.

Candidate exam results may be shared with their RI with permission from the candidate (this permission is an opt in/opt out permission box on the candidate exam application form.

NQEMT Certificates NQEMT certificates will be awarded to successful candidates within twenty-five (25) business days of the results being issued.

Viewings and Rechecks

Following NQEMT examinations unsuccessful candidates can be facilitated with a viewing and or a recheck. Applications for viewings and rechecks must be made , using the NQEMT Viewing and Recheck Application option by logging onto your PHECC Exam Portal and apply to the PHECC examinations officer.

• Exam Viewings- applications must be received to PHECC within ten (10) business days of receipt of results.
• Exam Rechecks - applications must be received to PHECC within twenty-eight (28) days of receipt of results email.

Candidates must submit the appropriate fee on the exam portal along with their request for a viewing or recheck, details are outlined in the current schedule of fees.
Fees are non refundable.
Payment can be made through PayPal, payable to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Council. On receipt of an application and the appropriate fee: The candidate will be contacted with a viewing appointment. or  The recheck process will be organised by the PHECC examinations officer.

Viewing procedures The following information will be provided to candidates at the viewing session:
• MCQs: A printed report of incorrectly answered questions is provided to the candidate.
• OSCE: A printed report of the unsuccessful OSCE stations is provided to the candidate. 

A recheck is the process whereby you ask for your exam to be remarked (SWA).  In relation to MCQs, the examinations officer will request that a recheck of marks awarded to candidate is conducted, provided to PHECC by the service provider, with verification provided. The examinations officer will validate the marks received and ensure that the answer matrix was fully and properly applied.  A recheck of the MCQ does not provide a review of the questions provided to the candidate on the exam day.  You can apply for a recheck without carrying out a viewing. However, it is highly recommended that you view your script before you apply for a recheck. Rechecks apply to MCQs and SWAs.

MCQs -The examinations officer will request that a recheck of marks is conducted, with verification provided.  An MCQ recheck does not include a review of the questions and answers. 
SWAs - Rechecks of SWA scripts will be carried out by a PHECC examiner who will independently review and remark the script.

Rechecks will be conducted in accordance with Council Policy for Viewing and Rechecks. Candidates are required to read the NQEMT Examination Handbook before initiating a viewing and/or recheck of an exam.

Exam Application Process

NQEMT Exam Calendar

Examinations Schedule - Click on examination dates in order to obtain closing dates/deadlines for upcoming examinations.

Information/Support -Online Examination Portal 
Please refer to the above linked document for further guidance, prior to applying for your exam

Online Exam Application Portal
Please click here in order to set up your NQEMT Examination Profile and to apply for examinations, refer to the information link above before completing this process.

Frequently Asked Questions for MCQ - Exam Candidates | TestReach

Paramedic NQEMT Examination Standard (Interim)

N.B All Exam Fee- payments are made directly to PHECC via the online exam application portal (candidates are redirected to out PayPal page when completing applications).