Hiring Process

Interested in being part of Wake County EMS? Here's how.

2021 Hiring Session 2

Online Applications
Applications for Paramedic open January 2021
Applications for EMT and Advanced EMT open March 29, 2021
EMT and AEMT positions are called "EMS Technician" in the online job listing.
Note: "EMS Technician - North Wake College and Career Academy Applicants" is for NWCCA students only.

Online Applications Close April 11, 2021 - students expecting to graduate this spring can still apply during this application period.*

Assessment Center for Selected Applicants
April or May 2021

Academy Start Date for Selected Candidates (first paid day)
July 2021

2021 Hiring Session 3

Online Applications
Applications for Paramedic open mid May 2021
EMT and Advanced EMT: Not yet determined whether we'll be hiring EMTs or A-EMTs this session.

Online Applications Close August 2021 

Assessment Center for Selected Applicants
Aug.-Sep. 2021

Academy Start Date for Selected Candidates (first paid day)
November 2021

2022 Hiring Session 1

Online Applications
Applications for Paramedic open late September 2021
EMT and Advanced EMT: Not yet determined whether we'll be hiring EMTs or A-EMTs this session.

Online Applications Close mid December 2021 

Assessment Center for Selected Applicants
January 2022

Academy Start Date for Selected Candidates (first paid day)
March 2022

*You may apply for a position you have not yet received certification for as long as you state test for that certification prior to the start date of the academy. We will publish academy start dates once confirmed.

Here's a Look at Our Hiring Process

  1. Online Application (If posted, EMT/A-EMT positions are listed as "EMS Technician")
  2. Physical Ability Test (PAT required but deferred until academy if hired)
  3. Assessment Center (Virtual)
    • Written Test to your certification level - virtual during pandemic
    • Oral Interview Panel - virtual during pandemic
    • Patient Care Simulation using high fidelity manikin (deferred until academy if hired)
  4. Academy - required for all certifications and experience levels

Our hiring process is typically run three times a year and begins with the open application period. Paramedic positions are posted on the Wake County Human Resources page. In some hiring sessions, we’ll also post EMS Technician positions, which are for EMTs, Intermediates or Advanced EMTs. There are far fewer EMS Tech positions than paramedic positions, so EMS Tech hiring is less frequent.

The written exam and simulation are graded based on national standard curricula.

Candidates are not required to know Wake County EMS System protocols to successfully complete these assessment stations.

Open application periods generally begin about 6 months before Day 1 of the academy. Applications usually remain open about 10 weeks, but the length of the period may vary.

It is important to understand that the hiring process may take up to 3–6 months before those who are hired reach their first paid workday, which is Day 1 of the academy. The length of time it takes depends on when during the open application period you apply.

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