On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Council of the Alberta College of Paramedics (College) voted unanimously to approve the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) examinations as the approved registration examinations required of applicants applying to the general register of the College under the Health Professions Act part 2, 28(2)(a)(iii) and the Paramedics Profession Regulation section 3(b).
The COPR examinations now take the place of the former Provincial Registration Examination (that used to be offered in a two-part format).
The COPR examinations are currently issued in all three currently recognized designations in Alberta:
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
- Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
The clinical assessment is suspended indefinitely. The College was considering how to capture a clinical assessment element for new practitioners; however, as we continued to look at the opportunities available to us, we have realized it is simply not feasible at this time.
If in the future, COPR and the other regulators in Canada decide to implement a clinical component to their examinations, we may be able to once again offer a clinical assessment as part of the registration examination. This means that if you do change your designation in the future, you may be required to comply with that requirement at that time.
As you know, when Council determined to suspend the clinical assessment portion of the registration examination, the College was still considering how to capture a clinical assessment element for new practitioners. This is why we originally stated we would put a condition placed on new practice permits that required new members to complete a skills assessment at a later date.
Despite our best efforts, and given the instability of the current environment, we simply cannot implement this condition without being able to clearly identify a solid process for condition removal.
Therefore, the decision to apply a clinical assessment condition on newly registered practitioners was reversed. At this time and until further developments, exam candidates are only required to successfully complete the COPR exam or registration on the general registry with no further expectation of you to complete a clinical assessment at your current designation.