1. Who is the authority for the practice of paramedics in PEI?
All paramedics in PEI must be “registered” and/or “licensed.” This means that to work in PEI, you need to be officially registered and/or licensed with a “regulatory body”. In PEI the regulatory body is the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board. The EMS Board makes sure that all individuals working in the paramedic profession meets the provincial standards and ensures all paramedics are competent to practice. When you are a registered or licensed paramedic in PEI, it means that the EMS Board has assessed or judged that you meet the provincial standards and can perform safely and effectively.
2. What are the regulations for paramedics?
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in Prince Edward Island are governed by the Emergency Medical Services Board (EMS Board), given authority as a body corporate by the Emergency Medical Technicians Act, RSPEI 1988, c E-8.11 and the Regulations.
There are two levels of paramedics in PEI that you can apply for:3. What are different levels of paramedics in PEI?
- Emergency Medical Technician 1 (Primary Care Paramedic)
- Emergency Medical Technician 3 (Advanced Care Paramedic)
4. When should I apply to become a registered paramedic in PEI?
You should complete and application form once you are reasonably satisfied that you can perform at a level comparable to a paramedic in PEI.
5. How do I know what my level of practice in PEI will be?
There is a self assessment tool to help you determine if your skills, knowledge and experience are relevant to the work requirements of paramedics in PEI. While no one expects you to be able to perform all of the work responsibilities described in the Self Assessment Tool you should feel confident performing most of the Competencies and have the necessary work experience and credentials, you may stand a good chance at being accepted. Once accepted, this means you will be eligible to undergo the rigorous assessment and mentoring processes required for registration and licensing.
6. Will I need to write an examination to become licensed to practice in PEI?
Yes, you will need to undergo the rigorous assessment and mentoring processes required for registration and licensing.
7. Is there any recommended preparation course before I have to take the required exams?
For up to date information regarding the COPR Entry to Practice Examinations, please visit: http://www.copr.ca/index.php/exams
8. What language do I need to know in order to become a registered paramedic?
Before meeting all of the relevant practice requirements in PEI, you will need to prove your ability to speak and read in English. If you need to improve your language skills, it’s best to start well before you come to Canada.
9. Can I move to another Canadian Province to work as a paramedic?
Each of Canada’s 10 provinces has its own requirements and assessment processes to help individuals become registered or licensed. The regulatory organization or licensing board in each province develops, administers, and monitors these processes. You can learn about labour mobility between the Provinces by going to the Canadian Organization of Paramedics website www.copr.ca .
10. Where do paramedics work in PEI?
Paramedics work both in city and rural settings throughout PEI.
11. Who do they work for?
Island EMS is the sole employer of paramedics in PEI. They have a contract with the government of PEI to provide Emergency Medical Services to PEI.
12. What are the employment prospects in PEI?
Please contact Island EMS directly to determine the possibility of employment.
13. Where are paramedics educated in PEI?
Holland College is the only paramedic school in PEI.