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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.
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 current reflective practice approach
in CIMS is not robust enough to ensure maintenance of competence.
The reflective practice review approach, where registrants document
their perceived strengths and deficiencies, needs to better reflect
a newer, more 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
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 Continuing Competence Committee will be
inviting your input on the redesigned program in the fall, prior to
presentations to Council and the Health Disciplines
Each registrant's continuing competence data has been securely
backed up, including on-site at the College's office. Council, the
Continuing Competence Committee, the Interim CEO/Registrar and
staff acknowledge the significant time and effort you have spent to
maintain your competencies in the past four years. Registrants may
still access their own CIMS records, to update their employee file,
look at their previously entered learning plans, etc.
Everything contained within those online learning plans should
also have been retained by you as evidence. This is clearly stated
within the CIMS handbook and on our website.
The College only tracks review of the Professionalism Module and
completion of the online evaluation. For all other credit-approved
learning activities, please keep a personal record of
completion dates and any certificates received for your
professional portfolio. In the New Year, the College expects to
launch an improved system for which practitioners will track earned
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 give 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.
There are 3 possible reasons why you can't login to CIMS:
As a practitioner, you should always have current copies of
CPR-C and ACLS certifications on file with the College. You MUST
have a current copy of your certifications on file with the College
to be eligible to renew your registration.
Please send copies via fax to 780-417-6911 or scan and email to
Please ensure that you include your name and registration number on
the fax or email. Allow two business days for updates to
certifications. You can check to see if your certifications are
up-to-date by logging into CIMS and clicking on the 'Registration Info'
tab. At the top of this section you will see the start and end
dates of your CPR or ACLS certifications.
As per legislation, CPR certification is valid for two years
from the date of issue and ACLS certification
is valid for four years from the date of
The College recognizes a late renewal period each year (posted
on the website during the renewal period) when you can renew your
registration with an additional $175 added to the renewal
If you don't renew during the late renewal period, your
registration will be cancelled. If you choose to practice at a
later date, you will be required to reinstate your registration.
You do not have to review the
Professionalism Module and complete the evaluation if your
attendance was recorded at the Professionalism Seminar. By
attending the seminar, practitioners demonstrated learning of
professionalism content, earned 30 Continuing Education credits and
fulfilled one of two requirements to become eligible for
However, the College encourages each practitioner to review the
module and provide feedback via the online evaluation as your
comments will help guide the future learning activities produced by
the College. Plus, reviewing the module and completing the
evaluation is an easy way to get 30 Continuing Education
credits that a practitioner can use toward the 120 needed
before December 31, 2014.
The first thing to be aware of is that if you let your
registration lapse (more than 12 months since you had current
registration) and choose to practice again in Alberta at a later
date, you must reinstate your registration. Reinstating
is a different process than renewing and may involve additional
training and/or fees.
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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