Equivalency

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:

  1. You are a graduate of a foreign paramedicine or non-paramedicine health educational program.
  2. You are a registered member of a recognized health profession that is regulated by a provincial, state or national regulator.

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:

  1. Review and completion of the Self-Assessment Readiness Tool.
  2. Submission of an application for a Qualification Assessment with the International Qualification Assessment System (IQAS) or another recognized Canadian validation system.
  3. Submission of a complete equivalency application and payment of the required registration fees.
  4. 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.
  5. Review and validation of equivalency against the full Alberta Occupational Competency Profile (AOCP) and College registration policies.

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 (IQAS)

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.

Jurisprudence

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.

English fluency

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.

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