Call (1-877-503-2237), or

Email heartsafebc@firstaidforbc.com for more information or to apply.


Becoming a Paramedic

Start your Paramedic training with HeartSafe EMS - complete the three-week Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course to begin your career as a Paramedic.

In taking the HeartSafe EMS three-week EMR course you will also have your WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid Level (OFA) 3 certificate, which is required for the industrial sector, such as mining, forestry, oil and gas, in BC.

The HeartSafe EMS EMR course is recognized by Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing (Province of BC), which enables you to do the EMA Licensing exams at the EMR level.

Our EMR course also includes the Canadian Red Cross CPR C / AED course. Certificates will be issued.

Career / Jobs

The BC Ambulance Service hires EMR Attendants as part-time Paramedics in BC, and the Alberta Health Services does the same in Alberta. Students who would like to apply to the BC Ambulance Service need to be 19 years of age and have a Class 4 Drivers License.

As an Emergency Medical Responder you may find job opportunities in the military, at mine sites, and at industrial manufacturing, milling and processing sites.

There is currently a demand for Paramedics as Industrial Medics in the oil and gas sector in both BC and Alberta.

Websites such as Indeed.ca list opportunities for EMR Paramedics.

We can help you with the search for employment in this booming industry. Check out the listing we have assembled for you. Want more details about these companies? Give us a call.

EMR Course Prerequisites

Minimum of 16 years of age. A prospective BC Ambulance Service employee must be 19 years of age or older.

Must complete a WorkSafe BC Statement of Fitness.

Must complete the free online Anatomy and Physiology course as supplied by HeartSafe EMS.

Why Should I Take...

  • Can apply directly to the BC Ambulance Service for employment once all of the EMA Licensing requirements are completed
  • Course will always run with 8 or more students
  • Long-time professional Instructors
  • The most up to date program that meets all the required National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) as published by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC)
  • Course written by a long-term BCAS ACP Bob Mackie (retired) and updated by ACP / ITT Paramedic – Mike Billingham (Creative Paramedical Education founder) www.creativeparamedicaleducation.com/
  • Course recognized and approved by EMA Licensing of BC

What Agency Licenses...

The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board is responsible for examining, registering and licensing all emergency medical assistants (EMAs) in B.C., including first responders.

HeartSafe EMS will issue a EMR certificate once a student has successfully completed the course having met all of the requirements. Students must then take their EMR certificate to EMA Licensing and apply to do the EMA Licensing written and practical exams at the EMR level. On successful completion of these exams and payment of the required fees, students will be issued an EMR License from EMA Licensing, Province of BC.

Students must have an EMA License to apply for a Paramedic position with BCAS.

Students must complete the EMA Licensing exams, within 12 months of the issue date of the EMR certificate from HeartSafe EMS.

www.health.gov.bc.ca/ema/

Candidate Examination Handbook

EMA Guide to Examinations Handbook

Transferring a BC license to Alberta

Generally the provincial and private / industrial Ambulance services in Alberta require Paramedics to be licensed through the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).

A licensed BC Paramedic can apply to ACP for an Alberta license without exam but the Alberta license may be ‘restricted’ due to differences in the EMR Course protocols taught in BC and Alberta. Application, jurisprudence and annual fees payable to ACP will apply.

Some training agencies in Alberta may offer ‘gap’ training, which will assist the BC licensed Paramedic to get an unrestricted Alberta EMR license. Application, jurisprudence and annual fees payable to ACP will apply.

The private training agencies in Alberta will also charge a fee for this ‘gap’ training.

Annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are required in both BC and Alberta. Minimum annual Patient contacts are required in BC.

Alberta College of Paramedics: collegeofparamedics.org

Gap Training in Alberta (Edmonton): chstltd.ca

Summary of Fees / Costs

EMR Course tuition for full three-week course $1735.00

  • Includes the WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid Level 3 course
  • Includes the course textbooks
  • Includes CPR C course and certificate

EMR Course – OFA 3 to EMR Bridging course $1085.00

  • Includes the course textbooks
  • Includes CPR C course and certificate

Students must have a valid WorkSafe BC OFA Level 3 certificate as a prerequisite for the 6-day OFA 3 Bridging to EMR course.

EMA Licensing (fees not included in tuition paid to HeartSafe EMS)

  • Written and Practical Exam (includes jurisprudence exam) fee $450.00
  • Annual maintenance of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and CPR Certification

Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) (Fees payable only if registration is sought as a Paramedic in Alberta)

  • Application / Annual Registration Fee $425.00
  • Labour Mobility Fee (if required) $200.00
  • Written and Practical Exam fees (EMT = PCP) $747.00. Only offered in Alberta with limited dates available
  • Jurisprudence exam fees (if required)
  • Annual maintenance of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and CPR Certification

Alberta ‘Gap’ Training (Fees payable only if registration is sought as a Paramedic in Alberta)

  • Gap Training fees (includes applicable modules and hands-on competency assessments) $500.00
  • Travel costs to Alberta for actual ‘Hands-on Review of Competencies’

All course / Licensing/ Application fees etc. are current as of August 2015. Subject to change at any time and without notice by the company/agency as noted above.

HeartSafe EMS recommends, if you are interested in a Paramedic license for both BC and Alberta, the following course of action.

Complete the HeartSafe EMS combined WorkSafe BC OFA Level 3 / EMR course over three weeks.

Do the EMA Licensing exams at the EMR Level in BC.

Do the appropriate ‘Gap’ Training with a Training Agency in Alberta. This Agency will forward a letter, from their Medical Director, directly to the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) outlining that the prospective candidate has done the required gap training in order to get an unrestricted license with ACP.

Make application to the ACP and do the required Jurisprudence exam and pay the Application and Annual Registration fees.

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Course Dates

OFA 3 including EMR

Victoria - November 6th to 25th - 2017

Victoria - January 15th to February 2nd - 2018

Victoria - March 12th to 29th - 2018

OFA 3 Bridging Only (requires OFA3)

Victoria - November 20th to 24th - 2017

Victoria - January 29th to February 2nd - 2018

Victoria - March 25th (Sunday) to March 29th (Thursday) - 2018 (due to Easter weekend)

Call (1-877-503-2237), or

Email heartsafebc@firstaidforbc.com to apply.