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The TP-C Examination

The Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) Examination consists of 100 questions and the candidate is provided 2 hours to complete the examination. The certification process is focused on the knowledge level of accomplished, tactical paramedics in hostile an austere environments. The questions on the examination are based in sound paramedicine and tactical principles. The candidate is expected to maintain a significant knowledge of current ACLS, ITLS/PHTLS , TCCC and TECC standards.


TP-C Exam Requirements and Study Recommendations

Eligibility Requirements

  1. NRP or state equivalent

Study Recommendations

The exam is based on the 17 critical domains of the National TEMS Initiative and Council (NTIC). The following textbooks are recommended:

  1. Paramedic Practice Today-Above and Beyond, (Vol 2) by Barbara Aehlert. Published by Jones & Bartlett Learning (2011). 
  2. PHTLS, Military Edition (7th Edition) by NAEMT and American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.  Published by Elsevier Health Sciences (2010).  
  3. Law Enforcement Responder; Principles of Emergency Medicine, Rescue and Force Protection, by Randy G. Stair, Dwight A. Polk, Geoff Shapiro and Nelson Tang Published by Jones & Bartlett Learning (2012). 
  4. Tactical Emergency Medicine, by Richard B. Schwartz, John G McManus McManus, and Raymond E. Swienton.  Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2007).
  5. Tactical Medicine Essentials by American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), E. John Wipfler III, John E. Campbell and Lawrence E. Heiskell.  Published by Jones & Bartlett Learning (2010).

The focus population for this exam includes military special operations paramedics and experienced law enforcement paramedics with extensive tactical experience.

Helpful Resources

  • TCCC Courses
  • S.T.O.R.M. - Specialized Tactics for Operational Rescue and Medicine, Tactical Manual
  • USSOCOM TMEPs
  • The Ranger Handbook, Ranger Training Brigade, US Army Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA
  • DOD OPSEC Program Manual
  • Tactical Paramedic Certification & Practical Application by Kyle Faudree

Click here for the Handbook