National Credential
Credential: Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)

International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C) is for paramedic professionals currently providing critical care in the austere and care-under-fire environments. TP-C candidates should have knowledge in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments and thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine. Candidates should also have knowledge of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care guidelines, management of the full tactical injury spectrum (from less-than-lethal to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE)), force health protection, and medico-legal aspects of Tactical Emergency Medical Services. To earn the TP-C, candidates must hold an unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 4 years

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

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Enlisted Naval Special Warfare/Reconnaissance Medic Out of Rate Assignment other      

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Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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The following civilian occupations are related to this credential:

Civilian Job Bright Outlook Registered Apprenticeship Local Salary Info
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Bright Outlook  Registered Apprenticeship  find local salary
Medical Assistants Bright Outlook  Registered Apprenticeship  find local salary

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Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: Current unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)
4835 Riveredge Cove
Snellville, GA  30039
Phone: (770) 978-4400
Fax: (678) 261-1895
Contact Page

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

Candidates must hold a current unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice.

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
    • Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Methodology
    • Hemorrhage Control
    • Airway
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
    • Medication Administration
    • Neurological Emergencies
    • Trauma Management
    • Burn Patients
  • Tactical Operations
    • Remote Assessment/Surrogate Care
    • Rescue / Extraction
    • Incident Command System/Chain of Command and Interface with EMS
    • Tactical Team Operations
  • Planning
    • Medical Mission Analysis
    • Legal Aspects of TEMS
  • Specialized Medical Care
    • Force Health Protection
    • Environmental Factors
    • Manage Injuries and Complications Associated with Less Lethal Weapons
    • Canine Management

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The TP-C is valid for a four-year period. To recertify, certification holders must maintain a current, unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice and either submit 100 approved continuing education (CE) credits and pay applicable recertification fees or retake the written certification exam and pay applicable exam fees.

  • The CE credits must have a clear and direct application to the practice of flight and critical care medicine. Seventy-five of the credits must be in the clinical category with at least 16 clinical hours obtained by completing an approved review course. Twenty-five of the credits may be in the operational category, though additional clinical credits may be utilized.

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

Additional considerations for the Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C) include:

  • Experience in critical care and care in the austere environment with additional education in this specialty area are highly recommended to prepare for the TP-C exam.