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.
The College has three registers:
- Provisional: 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.
- General: 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.
- Courtesy: This is a limited-time register for applicants who need to practice in the province for up to six months. This is not an ongoing membership or practice permit, but is an option for those who are helping out on a temporary basis, e.g. COVID-19 Support.
With a provisional registration, regulated members can 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 practitioner 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
In accordance, with the College’s Registration Policies, 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.