International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)


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

Renewal Period: 4 years

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.

Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

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

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 4 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)

4835 Riveredge Cove
Snellville, GA  30039

Phone: (770) 978-4400

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Credential Pre-requisite REQUIREMENTS

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

Written Exam

  • 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

Exam Preparation Resources

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

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

RECERTIFICATION

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.

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.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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