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:
- Provisional (for those who are 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)
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 for practitioners who have not completed the Provincial Registration Examination and/or the required upgrading as directed by the Registrar.
Practitioners 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 (not provisional or restricted 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
- Is able to directly supervise the practice and be able to immediately and physically intervene with no delay in patient care
Regulated members who supervise must be authorized in any restricted activity they are required to supervise as per the Paramedics Profession Regulation.
On the other side, the general register is for practitioners who have completed the Provincial Registration Examination and/or have met upgrading requirements. These regulated members can provide care at their practice level unsupervised.
If you have any questions, please email Registration@abparamedics.com.
Training and supervision
18(1) A student who is enrolled in a program approved by the Council or by the council of another regulated profession and who, in the course of that program, is receiving training in the performance of a restricted activity referred to in section 16(1), (2) or (3) is permitted to perform the restricted activity under the direct supervision, in accordance with subsection (2), of a regulated member who has expressly consented to supervise the restricted activity.
(2) A regulated member who is supervising a student in the performance of a restricted activity under subsection (1)
(a) must be authorized to perform the restricted activity being supervised,
(b) must not be prohibited under this Regulation from supervising the restricted activity,
(c) must be authorized by the Council to supervise the restricted activity within the program in which the student is enrolled,
(d) must provide the supervision in a manner that complies with the standards of practice respecting supervision by regulated members of persons performing restricted activities,
(e) must be physically present with the student while the student is performing the restricted activity,
(f) must be available for consultation and to assist the student in performing the restricted activity as required, and
(g) must be able to observe, promptly intervene and stop or change the actions of the student being supervised without unduly interrupting the care of the person on whom the restricted activity is being performed.