To work as an ambulance driver, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have a driver's license; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
In some states, you must be certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) to drive an ambulance. There are several levels of EMT certification:
- First Responders - About 40 hours of training
- EMT-Basic - 110 hours of training
- EMT-Intermediate - 200 to 400 hours of training
- Paramedics - 1,000 or more hours of training
The level of training required varies by state and ambulance company.
Experience as a delivery or taxi driver is good background for this occupation. These jobs can provide you with a good knowledge of the area streets.
Drivers usually learn their skills through on-the-job training. Depending on the duties, training can take up to a year. Training may include completing an emergency vehicle operator's course.