FAQs

Click on the category of information for a list of freqently-asked questions.

Approved Educational Programs

Can I take a course at the College?

The Alberta College of Paramedics does not offer courses. It is the regulatory body for Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), and Emergency Medical Technologist-Paramedics (EMT-P) in Alberta. EMRs, EMTs, and EMT-Ps must register with the College in order to practice in Alberta. Registration is done through an exam and application process that is undertaken following completion of an approved training program.

There are a number of approved programs in Alberta. If you are interested in taking approved EMR, EMT, or EMT-P education/training in Alberta, please see the College's list of Approved Education Programs.
Awards

What are the annual nomination deadlines for the awards?

The deadline for nominations for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal is November 30 of each year.

The deadline for nominations for the Award of Excellence is February 28 of each year.

I submitted a nomination for an award and want to know how I can check the status. Who do I contact?
For the status of a nomination for the Award of Excellence, click here. For the status of a nomination for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, click here.
Committees

How can I be involved with a College Committee?

Practitioners who meet the following criteria are encouraged to get involved with a College Committee.

  • In good standing within the College.
  • An expert relative to the objective of the committee.
  • Interested in working toward the betterment of the profession.
  • Able to use problem solving techniques within a team environment.
  • Dedicated to completing assignments or tasks on time.
  • Have undertaken College-approved governance training.

If you meet these criteria and wish to apply, complete the Committee Application Form and submit it to the College.

For information about how the College compensates practitioners for their commitment to governance, click here.


How long are the terms for committee members?

Committee members can serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

If you apply to a committee, you will be notified upon receipt of your application. All applications are reviewed and held on file if a position is not immediately available for consideration. Committee appointments must be approved by the College Council so it can take some time before candidates are notified of an appointment.

The Continuing Education Program

I noticed there are changes to the Continuing Competence Program (now the Continuing Education Program). What are the changes and why were they made?

The College and the paramedic profession are currently regulated by the Emergency Medical Technicians Regulation, Health Disciplines Act. The modest legal authority for the continuing competence program is referenced in section 5 of the Regulation: "120 education credits as determined by the College and approved by the (Health Disciplines) Board." This is part of the annual registration renewal process.

The College's review and discussions with other regulated professions suggests that the past reflective practice approach in CIMS was not robust enough to ensure maintenance of competence. The reflective practice review approach, where registrants document their perceived strengths and deficiencies, does not reflect the principle of an evidence-based approach.

This includes increased linkages with continuing education opportunities, acknowledgment of certification programs, and recognition of the significantly increased complexities and professional demands of today's practice settings.

Many health professional regulatory colleges are planning or in the process of redesigning their continuing competence programs to address the relationship between ongoing learning and professional practice.

Under Council's guidance, the Continuing Competence Committee is actively pursuing redesign of the program, consistent with reference to "120 education credits" in the Emergency Medical Technicians Regulation under the Health Disciplines Act.


What will replace the competence program?

The College is highly committed to evidence-based, progressive continuing competence and professional development. The redesigned continuing competence program under the Health Disciplines Act will carry over, with numerous enhancements, to be authorized by the Paramedics Profession Regulation under the Health Professions Act.


How do I know the number of Continuing Education credits I have earned?

The College has tracked the credits of those practitioners who:

  • completed review of the Professionalism Module
  • attended the 2013 Annual General Meeting and Confernece and;
  • attended the 2014 Continuing Education Summit and Annual General Meeting.

These credits are reflected in your Navigation Portal Profile.

Practitioners should have kept records of completion for all other credit-approved learning activities. With the launch of the Navigation Portal, practitioners can now upload proof of completion for all activities in which they enrolled.

Council

I would like to become a member of the College Council. What's involved?

Council members are elected by registered practitioners each year at the Annual General Meeting and elected practitioners may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year-terms. Nomination forms are sent to all registered practitioners early in the year and candidate profiles, including biographies, are posted to the College website once the deadline for nominations has passed. Candidates are invited to speak to attendees at the Annual General Meeting once prior to voting.

NOTE: As per College Bylaw 5.9.3, 'any nominees for Council elections must first attend an Alberta College of Paramedics Governance Training Session.'

Are College Council meetings open to practitioners? The public?
Yes. Council meetings are open to practitioners and the public, but space is limited so please contact the Executive Assistant to the Registrar/Executive Director at 780-410-4139 at least one week prior to the meeting if you are planning to attend.
General Registration

What requirements must be met prior to successful registration?

Applicants applying for registration in Alberta must, at minimum, satisfy the following requirements:

  • Be of good character and reputation
  • Be able and suitable to practise the profession
  • Be current in practice or have completed an approved program of study within one (1) year preceding the date of the application and have successfully completed the Provincial Registration Examination
  • Meet the CPR/ACLS certification requirements
  • Submit the applicable forms
  • Pay the prescribed fees

How can I submit my application for registration?

The College is currently enhancing its online systems. During this time, some applications can be completed online, while others are only available in paper form. The College's goal is to be paperless by 2015, with all applications being submitted through our online system.

Current applications that can be submitted online include:

  • Exam Application
  • EMR Initial Registration
  • EMR Temporary Registration
  • Change of Status (including EMT temp, EMT full, EMT-P temp, and EMT-P full)

Applications that can be submitted through the use of a paper form include:


How can I check the status of my application?

The process for verifying the status of an application will depend on which method of submission was used.

If an online application was submitted, the status of can be verified by logging in to the navigation portal. To access this information, click on the "Application Forms" menu item and select the "Submitted Applications" tab. Your application history and status will be available here.

The application will remain in a submitted status for the pre-screening and review process. Once your application is complete, the status will change to either "Approve" or "Reject."

If a paper application was submitted, you can contact the office by phone at 780-449-3114 or by email at acp@collegeofparamedics.org to verify the application status. Your request will be forwarded to the relevant department for follow-up.


When will my application be considered complete?

Initial applications are held in a pre-screening state and are only considered complete once:

  • All required documentation is submitted
  • All applicable application forms have been duly completed and submitted
  • All required fees have been paid

What happens if my application is considered incomplete?
Applications will be reviewed on submission. At this time you will be notified if additional documentation needs to be submitted.

Can I request an extension on an incomplete application? How?

A written request for an extension can be considered in specific circumstances. A practitioner must provide an explanation of the legitimate need for the extension and must define the extension period.

The College will not entertain extension requests for applicants who fail to meet the following requirements: one-year educational, examination, registration OR registration renewal.

Extensions cannot be used to obtain additional training or education and will not be approved or entertained if it would place the College in contravention of legislated Acts or Regulations.


Can I withdraw my application? How?

Applicants can choose to withdraw their application at any time by contacting the College office by phone at 780-449-3114 or by email at acp@collegeofparamedics.org. Allowing your application to lapse could result in additional review at a later time. Please notify the college immediately of any intention to withdraw.

Temporary Registration

Can I work using temporary registration?
Some employers will hire temporary registrants. All work performed under a temporary registration must meet the terms and conditions of the Supervised Practice Policy.

What conditions are in place for temporary registrants?
Temporary practitioners must adhere to the terms and conditions identified in the Supervised Practice Policy.

What is meant by direct supervision?

Direct supervision means that the person who is supervising is able to physically intervene at all times, without delay to patient care. Examples of inappropriate direct supervision include the following:

  • The supervisor cannot supervise over the phone
  • The supervisor cannot supervise while in another room
  • The supervisor cannot supervise while driving the vehicle if the action being supervised is occurring in the patient compartment of the vehicle

What do I do at work as a temporary member if my supervisor is not available?

Practitioners under temporary registration and who are not under the direct supervision of an approved member shall:

  • Provide health services and care under the scope of practice associated and legislated within their previously held Alberta Registration and discipline level, or
  • Only provide medical services and care at the level of a first-aid attendant, and shall refrain from practising health care activities/procedures associated with their temporary scope and title.

How long will my temporary registration be considered valid?

Temporary registration is valid until:

  • You are unsuccessful at the provincial examination
  • You have passed the provincial examination and are now registered as a full member
  • There was a need to renew your registration and you have not renewed by the required deadline
  • One year has passed since your date of graduation of your educational program

What can cause the temporary registration to be revoked?

Temporary registration can be revoked in cases where:

  • You are unsuccessful in any portion of the exam
  • The renewal deadline has passed and you have failed to renew
  • It has been more than one year since you completed your educational program
  • A disciplinary matter has been concluded where revocation of registration is mandated
  • You choose to voluntarily cancel your registration

I failed the Provincial Registration Examination. Am I still eligible for temporary registration?
If you fail the Provincial Registration Examination, your temporary registration status will be revoked. You are eligible to re-apply for temporary registration if you complete a new educational program.

I hold temporary registration and have now passed the Provincial Registration Examination. Does this mean I am registered with the College?
If you pass the Provincial Registration Examination, your temporary registration status will carry over to a full registration status. Once you are registered at your new status, you will receive an email with your registration number. The registration list will immediately reflect your change of status.

If I am applying for registration through the equivalency or labour mobility process, can I apply for temporary registration while my application is reviewed?
Only applicants educated in Alberta are eligible to apply for temporary registration.
New Registration

I have passed the Provincial Registration Examination. Does this mean I am registered with the College?
No. Once you have passed your Provincial Registration Examination, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the College. It is important to note that you must pass the exam and apply for registration within one year of the date you graduated from your education program.

How long do I have to register with the College?
You have one year from the date you graduated from your education program to obtain registration with the College. You must also pass all components of the Provincial Registration Examination within that time, or you will not be eligible to apply for registration.

Can my school submit my official transcript or certificate of completion on my behalf?
A school may submit an official transcript or certificate on your behalf; however, it may be best for you to do this personally so that you ensure it has been completed.
Change of Status

I have completed additional education. What is required to change my status?
Once you have successfully graduated from an approved education program, you may submit evidence of this through the navigation portal and access the examination and change of status applications.

I completed additional education outside the province of Alberta. How do I change my status?
You will be required to go through the labour mobility process to achieve a change of status at your new designation level.

I have passed the Provincial Registration Examination. Does this mean I am automatically registered at the new level?
No. Registration at a new level is performed when requested by the practitioner. An application for change of status and all required documents must be submitted to the College in order to verify and update status.
Labour Mobility

Which designation levels from other Canadian provinces are recognized by the Alberta College of Paramedics?
The College will consider applicants from other provinces who are registered at the EMR, PCP, ACP, and CCP designations. Please see the Practice Comparison Charts on the Labour Mobility page for further details relating to the designation levels recognized by the College.

If I am employed and my employer expects me to practise in Alberta and in another province. Do I need to be registered in both provinces?
If you intend to work in multiple provinces, you are expected to be registered and maintain registration in all provinces where you practise.

Are practitioners working at job sites that are in Alberta but only accessible from another province (eg. remote drilling site) required to be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics?
All practitioners who practise paramedicine within the province of Alberta are required, under regulation, to be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

I was registered in two provinces, but I let my registration expire in one of them. Am I still required to have a verification form submitted from both provinces?
Yes, we need to receive Verification of Registration form from every regulatory agency you are currently or have been previously registered with.

I hold an Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA3) designation in British Columbia or completed an EMR program in a jurisdiction where EMRs are not recognized and registered. Can I apply to be registered as an EMR in Alberta through labour mobility?
No. The Alberta College of Paramedics holds no authority in governing the practice of first-aid attendants.

I am applying to another province for registration, and they ask to have a Verification of Registration form completed by the Alberta College of Paramedics. How do I submit the required documentation?
You can fax (780-417-6911), email or mail your form with attention to Registry Services. Please ensure that the section that requires your information is complete and up to date. The College will complete the remainder of the form and mail it to the receiving regulatory agency.

I am in the Canadian military. Do I still need to apply for registration to work in Alberta?
Yes. If you are trained and providing health services at the level of an EMR, EMT or EMT-P to civilians, you are required to hold registration in the province in which you are practising. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are seeking registration in Alberta can apply through a facilitated process.
Equivalency

Will the College review all equivalency applicants?
All applicants who submit an equivalency application will be reviewed and notified of the status of their application.

What registration level can I apply for?
It is the applicant's responsibility to select the level of registration being sought. We advise all applicants to review the Alberta Occupational Competency Profiles on the Equivalency page in order to determine the most appropriate level of registration to apply for. Applying for the wrong designation could result in application delays and additional costs.

What can I do if my equivalency application is not successful?
If your equivalency application is unsuccessful, you will be provided details on the next required steps.

I'm a trained paramedic in another country. Why am I not automatically eligible for the same designation in Alberta?
Registration eligibility is not automatically considered due to differences in practice standards and scope of practice. It is the responsibility of the College to ensure that all practitioners who are registered within Alberta are trained and competent to practise. To this end, all practitioners who did not complete an approved educational program in Alberta must undergo an equivalency review process.
Reinstatement

If I need to take a refresher course, but cannot find one, would a full program be considered in its place?
Members or applicants may be required to successfully complete a refresher program as a requirement for registration reinstatement. If there are no refresher programs available, it is possible to take the full program again to meet this requirement.
Renewal

How do I know if I have been successfully renewed?
You can verify your registration status in the navigation portal or online through the registration list. If you are successfully renewed, you should see that your end date has changed from December 31 of the current year to December 31 of the following year. If you believe you have completed the renewal but do not see the change reflected, please contact the College.
CPR and ACLS Certifications

Am I required to send copies of my updated CPR and ACLS certification to the College?
All practitioners are required by regulation to provide proof of valid CPR or ACLS certification at the time of registration and as required at time of renewal. Your certification should be kept up to date with the College at all times.

How can I check the CPR or ACLS certification I currently have on file?
It is your responsibility to verify and update your certification with the College. You can do this through the navigation portal.

What is considered a valid CPR or ACLS certification card?
A CPR card is valid for two (2) years from the date of issue; ACLS is valid for four (4) years from the date of issue. Certification must be issued by an agency providing a program recognized by the College. For more details on the policy relating to certifications, please visit the CPR and ACLS Certification page.
Fees and Refunds

What additional fees might I be responsible for paying?

Practitioners are responsible for any third-party fees that may result from their application. This may include, but is not limited to: fees associated with criminal background checks, exams, education and assessment, validation of documentation and translation services.


If I withdraw my application is it possible to get a refund?
The College charges fees associated with the processing of the application. The refund of fees will be assessed while considering the administrative cost incurred during file review and the completed phases of review and evaluation.
Currency and Ability/Suitability to Practise

What happens if I do not meet the currency in practice requirements?

Applicants who have not practised at their full scope of practice or who have graduated from a program of study more than 12 months ago may need an academic assessment and/or may require further didactic and/or practical remediation education and training in order to regain currency.


What if I have medical, physical or psychological health condition(s) that could impact my ability and suitability to practise?

If you have questions regarding your ability and suitability to practise, we suggest you contact the College to identify your perceived challenges so that we may evaluate and discuss with you potential liability or practice challenges.

It is a requirement of registration for you to notify the College of any condition that would impact your ability or suitability to practise.

Submission of Required Documentation

What documents are considered valid evidence of program completion?

For examinations, graduates of Alberta-approved programs can submit either the Confirmation of Graduation form provided by their educational institution or an official transcript or certificate/diploma of graduation.

For registration, applicants must submit either their official transcript or certificate/diploma of graduation.


Can I submit documentation in a language other than English?
All submission and application documents must be provided in the English language.

How will English language proficiency be determined?
English fluency and proficiency are required for all applicants seeking registration in Alberta. If your primary language is not English and/or your education was not conducted in English, you may be required to complete a College-approved English fluency and proficiency assessment. Further details are provided as required.

Will the college obtain documents on my behalf?
The College will not obtain documents from other agencies. You are responsible for ensuring the completeness of your submission.

I cannot provide information, course outlines, and/or my certificates from my educational program. What happens to my application?
If your documents have been damaged and/or are unavailable due to extenuating circumstances, please notify the College immediately. An alternative process will be outlined in order to provide sufficient verification to facilitate the Registrar's review.

Can I request my original documents be returned to me?
Original documentation submitted as part of an application will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided, or in some cases via cash on delivery (COD) processes. If you do not want the document to be folded, please keep in mind the size when sending your envelope.
Good Character and Reputation

What does it mean to be considered of good character and reputation?

Having "good character" requires moral and ethical strength and includes consideration for others, respect for the rule of law and legitimate authority, ability to know right from wrong, integrity, responsibility, accountability, fairness, open-mindedness, candour, honesty, truthfulness and trustworthiness. Having "good reputation" requires others to have a positive perception of you with regards to these traits.


What happens if my good character is called into question?
In such cases, your application for registration may be referred to the Registration Committee for consideration and you will be afforded the opportunity to respond and provide additional information.

I have been working for my most recent employer for less than two years; can I still use them as a character reference?
One of your character references can come from your most recent employer, regardless of how long you have been employed.

I would like to use someone who is involved in a registered profession other than those listed on the form as a character reference. Is this possible?
If someone is a registered member of a self-governing profession that is not listed, he or she may provide you with a character declaration.

Is it possible to use a family member as a character reference?
No. A family member is considered in a conflict-of-interest position.

How can I have my criminal background check performed?
All applicants are required to have a Criminal Background Check processed through the College-approved online verification service. You will receive detailed directions from the College when your application begins the audit process. DO NOT attempt to obtain the online verification yourself. Your documentation may not contain all required information if you do not follow the full process as outlined by the College.
Collection of Personal Information

How is the information collected with my application used?
The information collected by the College is used to make an accurate and complete assessment of the application and then used to create a member's file.

Will my information be shared with third parties?

Documentation is maintained and secured internally. Some information is shared with third parties as required by legislation.

Once successful registration is complete, some of your information will be added to the Provincial Registry list, which lives in the public domain. This will include first and last name, registration number and current registration status.

Registration Committee

What does it mean when my application is referred to the registration committee?
It means that you do not meet the requirements for registration or that certain registration conditions may be applicable, and that your application will be reviewed by a panel of your peers.
Jurisprudence

What exactly is jurisprudence?
Jurisprudence means having an awareness of legislation, standards and regulatory policies impacting one's field of work. It also includes knowing how these principles and theories could be applied on a day-to-day basis during the performance and practice of one's work.
After Registration

How long will my registration be considered valid with the College?
Registration with the College is valid until December 31 of each year. All applicants must renew their registration between October 1 and December 31 to ensure their registration is current.

I have lost/damaged my registration card. How do I request a replacement card?

If you need a replacement card, please contact the College by phone at 780-449-3114 or by email at acp@collegeofparamedics.org. Your address information will need to be verified.

A request for card reprint will be submitted and the card will go out in the mail. Due to mail processing delays, it may take up to three (3) weeks to receive the card. If you have not received it by this time, please let us know.


Can I laminate my registration card?
Yes. We recommend laminating your registration card once you have signed the back.

How do I change my personal information with the College?
It is the responsibility of all members to ensure that their information is up to date. Changes to information such as address, phone number, and employer information can be made through the navigation portal. If you are experiencing difficulty in updating your information, please contact the College.

My legal name has changed due to marriage, divorce or legal name change. How do I change my name in your system?

In order to change your name, we require a piece of government ID (a marriage or driver's licence - something that includes the name you would like to use) faxed to us at 780-417-6911 or scanned and emailed to acp@collegeofparamedics.org.

Please include on the fax or email your registration number, clear instructions for what you would like to have done and your signature.


How can an employer verify my registration status?
The Registration List is a searchable up-to-the-minute list of all practitioners who are registered in Alberta. This list includes discipline details and a registration end date, and indicates if a practitioner has restrictions.
Complaint Process

I'm concerned that my personal contact information will be given to the person I'm making a complaint about. What exactly is provided to them?
Investigated practitioners are entitled to know the name of the complainant and the nature of the complaint made against them and are provided with a copy of the formal complaint, less the complainant's personal information such as address and telephone number.

How does a punitive decision affect my practice record in the future, after I've satisfied all the requirements of the decision?
A ruling of professional misconduct or unskilled practice will remain on the practitioner's record indefinitely. This information is accessible to employers and other regulators and should be disclosed by the practitioner upon hire and/or registration with another regulatory body.

How do I know if my concern justifies a complaint?

To file a complaint against a member of the College, the member must have demonstrated unskilled practice or professional misconduct. Examples of unskilled practice and/or professional misconduct which may involve one instance of, a pattern of behavior or repeated errors, include, but not limited to:

  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Theft
  • Practicing while Impaired
  • Practicing Outside of Scope
  • Diversion of Controlled Substances
  • Disclosing Confidential Patient Information
  • Inappropriate Access of Confidential Patient Information
  • Unethical Behavior that Impacts Profession
  • Boundary Violations
  • False or Fraudulent Documentation
  • Concerns respecting Patient Assessment/Treatment/Management, Clinical Decision-making, Medication Administration, etc

You may wish to explore other resources in the interest of resolving a concern.  In some cases, you may choose to contact the Registered Member directly and/or the employer(s) as a first step in having a concern addressed.    

If the registered member is an employee of Alberta Health Services you may wish to contact the

AHS Patient Relations Department's Central Intake as a first step.

AHS Patient Relations Department's Central Intake

Telephone: 1-855-550-2555

Fax:  1-877-871-4340

Mail:  Patient Concerns Officer and Executive Director, Patient Relations

Mail Slot #57 11111 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton AB T5K 0L4

Online feedback form:  https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/273.asp

 


How do I begin the complaint process?

Before filing a written complaint with the College, it is recommended that you review information contained on our website regarding complaints You may also contact the Complaints Director to discuss your concerns and the complaint process.


Do all complaints require a hearing?

No. Hearings are determined following the investigation phase and may not be necessary depending on the findings of an investigation.  Hearings are required when there is supporting evidence of professional misconduct or unskilled practice.


Will the Registered Member know that I am making a complaint?

Yes. The Registered Member(s) accused of any wrongdoings has the right to know both the allegations they stand accused of and the name of the complainant. Members must be given the opportunity to prepare an adequate response to accusations made against him or her.


Am I obligated to file a complaint?

If you are a Member of the Public you are under no obligation to file a complaint.

If you are a Registered Member of the College, you do have an obligation to protect the integrity of the profession. If you believe an incident has occurred that has not been resolved through other means (between crews, employer or other established channels) or is serious enough to warrant involvement of the College, you should consider a complaint to the College.


Will I be financially compensated if my complaint is upheld?

No. The legislative mandate of the Hearing Tribunal allows for the levy of fines and costs, as well as other remedial or punitive steps. It does not allow for punitive awards to the complainant.


How long does the complaint process take?

The complaint process varies based on the nature of the charges, investigation, availability of witnesses and a number of other factors. The College attempts to complete the process in a timely manner.

The following timeline is a general guideline. Actual amount of time required for each step in the process may exceed the timelines below and vary depending on the circumstances of the case. 

College Receipt/Review of Decision and determine required action 30 days
Investigation Process 3-6 months
Discipline Hearing Process 6 months - 1 year

Is there a time limit to filing a complaint?

No. However, the longer a situation exists prior to a complaint being filed, the more difficult it may become to gather evidence, locate and interview witnesses and access registered member(s) involved for statements. In addition, in cases where the member may be acting in a manner dangerous to the public, delaying a complaint may have a harmful outcome to future patients.


Is there a time limit for the College to act on a complaint?

If a member of the College has been suspended or cancelled and a complaint is lodged against them, the College may only initiate complaint proceedings if the complaint was made within five years following the date of cancellation or suspension. See section 28(3) of the Health Disciplines Act.


What are the possible outcomes?

  • The complaint may be dismissed due to lack of evidence;
  • The complaint may be referred to hearing;
  • On referral to hearing, a Hearing Tribunal may find the registered member guilty of professional misconduct and/or unskilled practice.

What types of sanctions (penalties) would a Hearing Tribunal order?



There are multiple issues to be considered in arriving at an appropriate sanction. They include:

  • specific deterrence of the registered member from further acts of misconduct or unskilled practice (or both)
  • general deterrence for registered members of the profession
  • rehabilitation of the registered member (including education as to expected standards) the need to maintain the confidence of the public and registered members in the profession's ability to properly supervise the conduct of its registered members.

A number of potential mitigating and aggravating factors must also be considered. These include but are not limited to:

  • recognizing that his or her own conduct was inappropriate
  • the inability to meet expected standards
  • accepting responsibility for his or her actions
  • first offence
  • premeditated conduct
  • attempts to conceal the misconduct
  • the negative impact on the public's confidence in the profession

Types of sanction may include:

  • reprimand
  • remedial training
  • costs/fines
  • practice limitations
  • publication
  • suspension

Refer to Sanction Guidelines for complete information.


Is the decision of the Hearing Tribunal final?

The decision of the Hearing Tribunal is final if an appeal is not filed within 30 days of the release of the decision. There are two avenues of appeal following a decision of the Hearing Tribunal - an appeal of a decision from the Hearing Tribunal can be made to the Health Disciplines Board.  Decisions of the Health Disciplines Board may be appealed to the Court of Appeal.    


Are Hearing decisions published?

The Hearing Tribunal has the authority to order the publication of decisions. Publication is usually based on whether the Member is deemed to be a danger to the public and/or profession or whether the case itself had a learning benefit to the Membership. In many cases, names of the participants are withheld.


Should I be represented by legal counsel?

Legal counsel exists for your protection.

Used by both the College and the Hearing Tribunal, legal counsel is vital to understanding both our legal obligations and limitations. Representation by trained counsel, although not mandatory, will ensure that all avenues of best defence have been explored and brought forward for consideration.

The Complaint process is an administrative process of peer review, in which your actions are evaluated by other Members of your professional body, themselves subject to the same set of rules, standards and expectations.

Provincial Registration Examination

Can I reserve a spot for the exam before I have graduated from my program?
No. You must provide proof of completion of your education program PRIOR to the application deadline date of the exam you wish to write in order to reserve a spot.

Does the College have an exam study guide?

The College does not publish an exam study guide.

We recommend that exam candidates familiarize themselves with the Alberta Occupational Competency Profile (AOCP). The AOCP defines the scope of practice for practitioners in Alberta. It is a complete description of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgements expected of practitioners ranging from entry to practice to mastery.


I have passed the written portion of the EMR exam and am retesting the practical. If I pass, can I apply for registration right away or do I have to wait until I receive my confirmation letter in the mail?
If you pass your practical you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics. You will not need to wait for your confirmation letter to arrive in the mail.

I just graduated from an approved program. What are my next steps?

You have one year from the date you graduated from your education program to successfully complete the Provincial Registration Exam and apply for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

The Provincial Registration Exam is offered a few times per year for each designation level. See the Provincial Registration Examination page for full details. For further information on registration with the College, visit the New Registration section.

What happens if I can't make my scheduled exam and have to cancel?
All exam cancellations or transfers after the application deadline date are subject to a 50 per cent cancellation fee. If you are registered, but do not attend the exam without informing the College prior to the exam, you will forfeit all fees paid. If extenuating circumstances arise (eg. medical issues, accident, etc.), please contact the College.

What can I expect at the exam? Also, when will I know if I've passed or not?

Written exam results are mailed to candidates within four weeks of the exam date and practical exam results are announced to each candidate at the end of the required scenario(s).

The following are some things you should know before coming to write your exam. 

  • For the written exam: you should arrive at your exam at least 60-90 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
  • For the practical exam: you must sign-in at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
  • You will need to bring:
    • Government-issued picture ID (driver's licence or passport) OR two of the following: SIN card, AHCIP card, birth certificate or school identification.
    • Two HB pencils and a white eraser.
  • EMR exams are 2 hours. EMT and EMT-P exams are 3.5 hours.
  • Written exams consist of:
    • EMR: 100 multiple choice questions.
    • EMT & EMT-P: 200 multiple choice question
  • Practical exams can take between 3 to 5 hours. Please consider this when making travel arrangements.
  • Practical exams consist of:
    • EMR: one scenario (medical OR trauma)
    • EMT & EMT-P: two scenarios (one medical AND one trauma)
  • Please adhere to the Provincial Registration Examination dress code.

 


I have just finished my EMR program. How long do I have to pass the Provincial Registration Examination?
You have one year from the date you graduated from your program to meet the registration requirements, one of which is satisfactory completion of the Provincial Registration Examination. Within that year, you may attempt the exam a maximum of three times. If you fail the exam on the third attempt you would be required to repeat your education program before you can attempt the exam again.

What if I only attempt the exam twice in the year after I graduate and fail both times? Can I attempt a third time in the second year after graduation?
No. Once in your second year, you must enroll in a refresher program before you can attempt the exam again. Once you've completed your refresher program, you would have the remainder of that year and only one more attempt to pass the exam. If you fail this third attempt, you would be required to repeat your full program of study before you can attempt the exam again.

If I only fail the written component, does that count as a fail?
Yes. Failing either the written or practical component constitutes a failed attempt at the exam.
NOTE: If you pass the written portion but fail your practical on the Saturday, you will be invited to retest the practical component on Sunday. If you pass the practical that is considered one attempt and one pass. If you fail on the Sunday, it would be considered a failed attempt and counts as one of the three exam attempts.

Is the reference date for my three attempts from the day I graduated?
Yes. Candidates are given one calendar year from the date you graduated. Due to the timing of the registration exam cutoff dates, not all applicants will be able to attempt three exams in one year.
Scope of Practice

What are the Alberta Occupational Competency Profiles?
The Alberta Occupational Competency Profiles (AOCPs) list the scope of practice for practitioners at each designation level. The AOCPs specify exactly what EMRs, EMTs, and EMT-Ps can do in their work practice. Practitioners cannot perform skills not listed in their AOCP.

How do the AOCPs relate and/or differ from the NOCPs?
The AOCPs (Alberta Occupational Competency Profiles) define the scope of practice for all Alberta practitioners. They were developed in Alberta by regulated Alberta practitioners. The NOCPs (National Occupational Competency Profiles) are competence documents that identify the nationally-accepted scope within four distinct levels of practice. The NOCPs were developed by interprovincial teams and give us a sense of what is happening nationally within the profession as it relates to scope of practice.

If I'm in a situation at work that I'm not sure is in my scope, what should I do?
If you are in a work situation where you are uncertain as to your scope, you should consult with someone who is knowledgeable about your designation level's scope of practice, such as the Alberta College of Paramedics. All practitioners are obligated to be knowledgeable as to their scope of practice and may access the AOCPs on the college website at any time. If you are uncertain as to whether a skill is in scope or are not confident that you can deliver it competently, you should not perform it.

What is the difference between the full competency profiles and the profiles that are ranked (Mandatory, Recommended and Variable)?
As a practitioner, you are required to be competent to your full scope of practice on entry-to-practice. The full AOCPs reflect the complete description of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgments expected of practitioners at each designation level when they begin to practice. For the purposes of the Continuing Competence Program, the AOCPs have been ranked mandatory (directly affects patient care), recommended (necessary to support patient care) and variable (enhance triage, treatment and transport but vary in situation, service and patient). See the Continuing Competence section for full details.




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