Update – COPR Council made a motion for COPR to invest in developing and administering an EMR Entry to Practice Examination. The target go-live for the first exam administration is Spring of 2021. (Cost and dates have not been determined) – November 20, 2020
As our members know, the Council of the Alberta College of Paramedics approved the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) as the official entrance to practice exam for Alberta. Approving the COPR examination also provides significant opportunities for Alberta to be a collaborative, forward-thinking leader in the paramedic profession at the national level. We thought it was important to share some of the amazing work that COPR does and some background information of how they got started.
The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) was founded in 2009 and is comprised of nine constituent members from the ten regulated jurisdictions of the paramedic profession across Canada. They were first established to resolve labour mobility considerations for paramedics, as well as provide a professional forum for communication and collaboration amongst Canada’s paramedic regulators. They now administer the paramedic entry to practice examination for seven regulatory jurisdictions in Canada and serve as the single point of entry and body responsible for the preliminary assessment of credentials for internationally educated paramedics.
COPR’s mission is to use a progressive approach to promote and advance effective paramedic regulation. They strive to influence and progressively advance best practices in paramedic regulation.
The COPR Examination Work Group consists of paramedics from across Canada (all provinces except NB). Under psychometric direction, the EWG subject matter experts work throughout the year increasing the examination data banks and ensuring all questions remain current as standards are revised.
Some interesting history
- There have been over 20 different names to define/describe paramedic practice
- A charter group was formed with representation and expertise from every Canadian jurisdiction
- This Charter group oversaw the creation of COPR, its first mission, its vision and goal statements and the development of the Entry-to-Practice Examinations
- Examination was developed with expertise of paramedic professionals from across Canada
- First examination held in June 2012
COPR Council made a motion for COPR to invest in developing and administering an EMR Entry to Practice Examination to be comprised of 100 questions, delivered six times per year, with an examination fee of $400/candidate. The target go-live for the first exam administration is Spring of 2021.