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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.
The deadline for nominations for the Emergency Medical Services
Exemplary Service Medal is November 30 of each year.
Practitioners who meet the following criteria are encouraged to
get involved with a College Committee.
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.
Committee members can serve a maximum of two consecutive
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 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
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
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
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.
The College has tracked the credits of those practitioners
These credits are reflected in your Navigation Portal
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 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.
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 use) faxed to us at 780.417.6911 or scanned and
emailed to email@example.com.
You can fax
(780-417-6911), email or mail your form with attention to Kathy
Nelms. 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
What should I do once I provide my references the Character
It is the applicants responsibility to include the completed
Character Reference forms with their application. The College
will not follow up on missing forms.
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
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
AHS Patient Relations Department's Central
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?
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.
complaints require a hearing?
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
Registered Member know that I am making a complaint?
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
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
What are the possible outcomes?
What types of sanctions (penalties) would a
Hearing Tribunal order?
There are multiple issues to be
considered in arriving at an appropriate sanction. They
A number of potential mitigating and
aggravating factors must also be considered. These include but are
not limited to:
Types of sanction may
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
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
Should I be represented by legal counsel?
Legal counsel exists for your
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Your temporary registration is valid
from whichever of the following circumstances comes first:
If you have completed your education
program and require registration before you take the Provincial
Registration Examination, you can apply for a temporary
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