If you are a paramedic practitioner registered in another Canadian province, you may be eligible to submit an application for equivalency recognition and registration. See the following criteria:
- You have passed the registration examination in the Canadian province where you completed your program of study.
- You are current and fit to practice and registered with a recognized provincial paramedicine regulator in another Canadian province.
- You meet all the Alberta College of Paramedics registration requirements.
Note: The Ontario Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant (AEMCA) is a certification exam in isolation; therefore, we require validation of employment within the Base Hospital system. The regulatory authorities are provided through the Base Hospital system and is considered to be equitable in registry status for purposes of Labour Mobility. Should you not be employed through the Base Hospital system in Ontario, but hold your AEMCA certification, you can be considered for equivalency. Please review the Substantial Equivalency webpage for further information.
The registration process for out-of-province applicants has multiple processes including registration submission, completion of requirements, validation of education, employment and references. The timeline for completion may be up to 90 days.
As a registered practitioner of the profession, you will be subject to continuing competence and registration renewal requirements. You are also required to abide by all legislative and College requirements, policies and standards. Practitioners found to have contravened College policy are subject to review, investigation, and potentially, discipline.
Applicants who gain registration in Alberta through the Labour Mobility process will have additional conditions on their practice permit. These conditions may be under Restricted Activities, Practice Settings or Practice. These conditions will support your transition into Alberta, reduce risk to Albertans and provide out-of-province applicants with the necessary experience in the health services.
As part of the jurisprudence (practical) process applicants will have “no independent practice” as a condition on their practice permit. This condition is to help facilitate familiarization with paramedicine operations in Alberta. You will be given a document that upon completion you will submit to the College. Upon receipt of the documentation the condition will be removed.
Elements to complete this jurisprudence (practical) process are the following:
- Practitioner must successfully complete an employment orientation within ten days of employment and provide validation to the College from the employer.
- Practitioner must successfully participate in a partner arrangement. The partner must be a registered member in good standing with the College and hold a general practice permit at the equivalent designation or higher approved by the Registrar’s designate.
Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP’s) will have the additional Practice condition:
- Facilitation and maintenance of intubation using paralytic pharmacological agents – (RSI)
- Medication administration via umbilical vein
Restricted activities will be designation specific and listed on your Practice Permit.
Emergency Medical Responders (EMR’s) will have:
- Platelet Inhibitor (ASA)
- Sympathomimetic (Epinephrine)
- Bronchodilator (Salbutamol)
- Anticholinergic (Ipratropium Bromide)
Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP’s) will have:
- Administer blood and/or blood products
Note: Restricted activities and some Practice conditions (specifically RSI) can only be removed through a College approved education program. This process is part of the Health Professions Act transition and will take some time to achieve. Until the education is in place, the College is limiting the scope of practice through conditions on a practice permit. The College will communicate with you when the program is in place.
As a registered practitioner of the profession intending to practice in Alberta, you are required to demonstrate 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 in accordance with its English Language Proficiency Policy.