To practice paramedicine or use the title of paramedic in Alberta, all Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Primary Care Paramedics (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) must hold an active practice permit from the Alberta College of Paramedics.
There are two ways to become registered with the College and to obtain your practice permit:
- New/Change of Status (for new practitioners or practitioners who are changing their level of practice)
- Labour Mobility (practitioners who are new to Alberta, but have practiced in another regulated Canadian province)
- Substantial Equivalence (practitioners who meet the equivalency requirements)
- COVID Support (for qualified practitioners who are looking to help during the COVID-19 pandemic – note: permits issued are only valid for three – six months)
If you are an international practitioner, or if you are a Canadian practitioner from an unregulated province, who is interested in moving to Alberta to practice, please consider our Substantial Equivalency Review to determine your eligibility.
The provisional register is a temporary register for applicants who have not yet completed the Provincial Registration Examination and/or the required upgrading as directed by the Registrar before they can transition to the general register. Provisionally registered members must be supervised.
The general register is for regulated members who have completed the Provincial Registration Examination and/or have met upgrading requirements. These regulated members can provide care at their practice level without supervision.
If you have any questions, please email Registration@ABparamedics.com.
Regulated members on the provisional register can only provide paramedicine care at their practice level if they are under the supervision of a regulated member who meets the following criteria:
- Currently holds general registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics at the same or a higher discipline level as the provisional member OR is a regulated member in good standing with another regulated health profession in Alberta
- Is approved by the employer to provide direct supervision
Supervision must adhere to the requirements listed in the Paramedic Professions Regulation, section 18:
A regulated member who is supervising the performance of a restricted activity:
- must be authorized to perform the restricted activity being supervised
- must not be prohibited under the regulation from supervising the restricted activity
- must provide the supervision in a manner that complies with the standards of practice respecting supervision by regulated members of persons performing restricted activities
- must be physically present while the supervised member is performing the restricted activity
- must be available for consultation and to assist in performing the restricted activity as required
- must be able to observe, promptly intervene and stop or change the actions of the supervised member without unduly interrupting the care of the person on whom the restricted activity is being performed