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Current Qualifications required for testing Fall of 2017:
Must have a current Il EMT-B license or a state EMT-B license eligible for reciprocity in Illinois.
Must obtain  a valid paramedics license within 18 months of hire.
Be a citizen of the United States.
Possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate issued by the county superintendent of schools or a diploma based on a GED certificate.
Have no felony convictions or convictions for crimes of moral turpitude.
Applicants with eyesight restrictions must comply with the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582.  Far visual acuity shall be at least 20/30 binocular corrected with contact lens or spectacles. Far visual acuity uncorrected shall be at least 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or spectacles.  Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers (that is, six months without a problem) are not subject to the uncorrected standard.
Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card including confirmation of the successful completion of the Ladder Climb Test issued between the dates of October 2016 and October 24, 2017.
Valid drivers license.
Must be 21 years of age at the time of testing, and must not have attained age 35 at time of testing.  (Unless applicant meets one of the exemptions listed under 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7) on the date of the written exam.

See CPAT link for more information on the CPAT physical test.