If you are a paramedicine practitioner in another country, or
are educated in a related profession and would like to practice
paramedicine in Alberta, under the Health Disciplines Act
of Alberta, you must participate in an equivalency review with the
Alberta College of Paramedics.
- All persons educated in another health discipline
MUST participate in an equivalency review. Only
approved candidates may move on to write the Provincial
Planning to apply for an equivalency
The equivalency process has a number of steps. For a complete
breakdown of the entire process, see the process flow chart.
All applicants must begin by completing the College's Application Form (fees are outlined on the
form) and send it to us with your payment information. Your
application form should include the following documentation:
- A detailed course outline of your education program.
Ensure the outline includes for each program component (didactic,
clinical and ambulance):
- time lines and total number of hours/weeks
- method of delivery (eg. lectures, home study, lab)
- bibliography of texts and resource material used
- method of evaluation
- minimum requirements for instructors/preceptors
- practicum (location, evaluation and time)
- Documentation confirming that you have completed any
additional education or training in the form of:
- either original certificate/transcript (or a certified true
copy), or official confirmation of current attendance for your
- copies of certificates for any additional training or
instruction. (i.e. CPR, ACLS, ITLS, driver training)
- A cross reference document for the competency profile level you
are applying for.
- First, review the full Alberta Occupational Competency Profile
(AOCP), including sub-competencies, for your level of practice.
- Next, complete the cross reference document to clearly identify
(using examples where appropriate) your level of competency. In the
'notes' section, indicate your level of competency to both the
category and sub elements within the category as listed in the
- EMT Cross Reference Document
Cross Reference Document
- Be as thorough as possible as this document is a significant
factor in determining equivalency.
- A detailed resume.
- A criminal background check current within six (6) months.
- Two (2) professional references.
- Once the College has received the above documentation, they
will conduct a preliminary 'pre-screen' review.
- If it is determined that your application meets the standards
for a full equivalency review, you will be notified by the College.
Applicants educated outside Canada must at this point visit the Government of Alberta's Employment and Immigration
website and apply for an International Qualifications Assessment (IQAS)
to have your credentials validated. You will need to provide
this completed assessment to the College as soon as you receive
- If it is determined after the pre-screen review that your
qualifications do not meet the College's criteria, you will be
notified and refunded $500. A $100 fee will be retained to cover
the pre-screen process.
What happens next?
- Complete equivalency applications are reviewed by the College's
Registration Committee and can take up to four to six months to
- If your application is approved, you will be notified by the
College and can apply for Temporary Registration at that
time and register to write the Provincial Registration
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