Retired Medical Worker

Eligibility Requirements

Chapter 18.130.360 RCW

Chapter 246-12 WAC (Part 12)


There is no application or renewal fee for this license.

Washington state license and status

An applicant must have held a health care profession credential issued by the department. That license must be expired but the expiration date must not be longer than 10 years. There must be no restrictions on the applicants ability to activate that license. An applicant is not eligible for a retired volunteer medical worker license if they hold any current health care profession credential issued by the department.

Current volunteer registration

Verification of current registration as a volunteer emergency worker with a local organization for emergency services or management.

Personal data questions

Applicant must answer personal data questions listed in the application. An appropriate explanation and required documentation must be sent with positive answers. If there is a positive answer to the professional liability claims history question, the applicant must send an explanation of the nature of the case, data and summary of care given, copies of the original complaint and the settlement or final disposition. If pending, applicant must indicate status.

Additional information/documents required

HIV/AIDS training – seven hours

Process for approving/denying applications

Credentialing staff review the application and supporting documents to make an initial determination on eligibility. The recommendation is based upon the requirements outlined in RCW 18.130.360 and WAC 246-12 (Part 12). Credentialing supervisors approve applications that don't have positive answers to personal data questions, have questionable verifying documents or are otherwise “red flag” applications. "Red flag" applications are forwarded to the exception application process for determination by the appropriate disciplining authority. An applicant will be formally notified of a denial and has the opportunity for a hearing.

Renewal requirements

Retired volunteer medical workers don't have to pay a renewal fee but they must renew their license every three years on or before their birthday. The licensee must submit the renewal card and proof of current registration as a volunteer with a local organization for emergency services or management. They must also complete the following continuing competency requirements every three years:

  • Basic first-aid course
  • Bloodborne pathogens course
  • CPR course