Certified Transport Specialist Certification?


I put the M in EMTLife
Community Leader
It looks like the Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission has created a Certified Transport Specialist (CTS) course. They note:

It is the nation’s first national certification program for the NEMT professional. It covers a broad range of topics (noted below) that will help NEMT drivers gain the knowledge and professional skills necessary to provide effective care to the clients they transport each day

For $89 you earn 7 CEUs, a patch, and window decal. I'd be in it for the patch.

Has anyone done it?


Forum Asst. Chief
So...like being a wheelchair van driver training program? Way below EMT on the scale? Why?


The fire extinguisher is not just for show
Checked out their website: https://www.nemtac.org/education

to be honest, this is probably a good thing. Back in the day, I worked for a private EMS agency, and we had a wheelchair van division as well. I don't know what "training" the had (actually that's not true, I know that NJ had a MAV certification that all the ambulette drivers needed to completed, and NJ actually had https://www.mtanj.com/) but it was written into the statue:

Mobility Assistance Vehicle (MAV) Training

NJAC 8:40 requires that individuals that operate Mobility Assistance Vehicles (MAV’s – also known as ambulettes or wheelchair vans) have certification in an approved assistance program. The MAV Training course the certification program for persons who are responsible for safely moving injured, infirm, or disabled persons who need specialized transportation assistance. The individuals who successfully pass the course are Certified Mobility Assistance Vehicle Operators (MAVOs).

Proper training, enhanced by a comprehensive orientation period, provides the safest possible environment for the patient and the individuals who are responsible for his transportation - the MAV Operator. In most cases, the MAV Operator works alone in his vehicle and faces a greater risk of injury compared to two-person ambulance crews. An effective training program reduces the risk of injury to the patient, to staff, and helps to minimize liability and insurance claims to the providing agency.

At least someone is standardizing the training for MAV drivers, vs everything being done in-house, with there being little to no consistency from company to company.