If you are a paramedicine practitioner from another country, or
are educated in a relevant health profession, you may be eligible
to apply for registration to practise paramedicine in Alberta. You
can submit an application for equivalency recognition and
registration if you are current and fit to practise the profession
of paramedicine, meet all registration requirements, and meet one
of the following criteria:
- You are a graduate of a foreign paramedicine or
non-paramedicine health educational program.
- You are a registered member of a recognized health profession
that is regulated by a provincial, state or national
Note: Equivalency applicants will be required
to participate in an equivalency review process to determine
equivalency of their education, experience and scope.
Planning to apply?
The equivalency review process has a
number of steps. For a complete breakdown, see the process flowchart. Requirements
include the following:
- Review and completion of the Self-Assessment Readiness
- Submission of an application for a Qualification Assessment
with the International
Qualification Assessment System (IQAS) or another recognized
Canadian validation system.
- Submission of a complete equivalency
application and payment of the required registration fees.
- Completion of the educational cross-reference document to
clearly indicate how your educational curriculum relates to the
professional competencies. Note: The College will
not accept educational cross-referencing to educational textbooks.
Your cross-reference must be directly linked to educational
program/course outlines. Please also note that "off-the-shelf"
courses such as CPR, ITLS/PHTLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP should not be
used in your cross reference.
- Review and validation of equivalency against the full Alberta
Occupational Competency Profile (AOCP) and College registration
Pre-screen review (Phase 1)
Once the College has received your
application and documentation, the application enters a preliminary
'pre-screen' review to ensure you are eligible to apply through
this route. We will also verify that that all necessary documents
have been submitted. The payment of a non-refundable application
fee is required in order to enter Phase 1.
If you have submitted a complete application and successfully
completed Phase 1, the College will notify you that your
application is complete. A Phase 2 (external review) fee will then
apply. If it is determined that you have not submitted a complete
application and do not qualify for further review, you will be
notified and additional fees will not be charged.
Completion of external review (Phase 2)
After a complete application has been
reviewed and validated by an external reviewer, the Registrar will
determine if you can be registered or if your file will be referred
to the Registration Committee.
International Qualification Assessment System
Applicants educated outside Canada
must have their educational credentials validated. To do this,
please visit the Government of Alberta's Employment and
Immigration website and apply for an International
Qualifications Assessment. You will need to provide this
completed assessment to the College as soon as you receive it.
As a registered member of the
profession who intends to practise in Alberta, you will be required
to demonstrate that you have the knowledge and abilities related to
Alberta jurisprudence. The College has established an online course
for this purpose. More information relating to Jurisprudence will
be forwarded to you.
Professional practice in Alberta
requires practitioners to be fluent and proficient in the English
language. The College may require you to demonstrate your fluency
and proficiency in English to accord with its English
Language Proficiency Policy.
Referral to the Registration Committee
While governed under the Health Disciplines
Act and Emergency Medical
Technicians regulation, equivalency applicants may be referred
to the Registration Committee. This Committee meets monthly and
will review your application. In some cases, registration terms,
conditions and limitations may apply.
||Do you have questions about equivalency? Please take a look at
the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question
has already been answered.