Licence Applications

In British Columbia, you must hold a valid licence to practice as a First Responder (FR), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP), Infant Transfer Team (ITT) or Critical Care Paramedic (CCP).

Fees

Payment of the fee as set out in the Emergency Health Services Regulations is required to obtain your licence. Fees are required when you have successfully completed all examinations, but can be paid at any time throughout the application process. In order to speed up the licensing process, you may also complete all the licensing requirements at any time during your evaluation process. You may request a refund in writing for any fees you submit, if you are unsuccessful in the evaluation process.

  • EMR/PCP                                                              $450 (includes written, practical, jurisprudence)
  • ACP                                                                        $550 (includes written, practical, jurisprudence)
  • CCP/ITT                                                                 no fee (initial licence)
  • First Responder (initial and renewal)            no fee
  • Licence for Student                                            no fee
  • Licence Renewal                                                 $50

How to Pay your Fees

Fees can be paid using the following methods:

  • Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, or American Express,
  • Cheque or Money order made payable to the Minister of Finance, including your full name, licence level and current mailing address.

Regular mail to:
EMA Licensing Branch
Ministry of Health
PO Box 9625 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9P1

Or courier to:
EMA Licensing Branch
Ministry of Health
1515 Blanshard Street,1st Floor
Victoria BC V8W 3C8

  • Cash, in person at the EMA Licensing Branch only (do not mail cash).

Applying for an EMR, PCP or ACP Licence

EMR, PCP and ACP licences are valid for five years and require yearly continuing competence submissions.

You are eligible for a licence when you have successfully completed all exams for your licence level.

To apply for your licence, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and electronically submit an Application for Licence.
  2. Submit a digital colour photo that is less than one year old by attaching it to the application for licence form or by emailing it to getalicense@gov.bc.ca with your full name in the subject line. Printed photos can be mailed to the EMA Licensing Branch office to one of the addresses below.
  3. Pay the applicable fees (see above)

Applying for a CCP or ITT Licence

CCP and ITT licences are valid for five years and require yearly continuing competence submissions.

To apply for your licence, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and electronically submit an Application for Licence.
  2. Submit a digital colour photo that is less than one year old by attaching it to the application for licence form or by emailing it to getalicense@gov.bc.ca with your full name in the subject line. Printed photos can be mailed to the EMA Licensing Branch office.
  3. Send proof of successful completion of training (certificate or transcript).

Applying for a First Responder Licence

A first responder licence is valid for three years. There are no fees required for a first responder licence.

To apply for your licence, follow these steps:

  1. Take a recognized training program.
  2. Successfully complete the board’s examinations. Once training and exams are complete, your evaluator submits your course results to the EMA Licensing Branch and your training agency.
  3. Complete and electronically submit an Application for Licence form. If you would like a photo on your licence, you can submit a digital colour photo that is less than one year old by attaching it to the application for licence form or by emailing it to firstres@gov.bc.cawith your full name in the subject line. Printed photos can be mailed to the EMA Licensing Branch office.

Reinstating an Expired Licence

If your licence has expired, you are no longer licensed to practice as an EMA in British Columbia. You may be reinstated if it would not be an undue risk to public health or safety. For information on how to have your licence reinstated, please see the policy for your licence category:

EMA First Responder Licence Category

EMR, PCP, ITT, ACP, and CCP Licence Category

Reinstating a Licence that has been Revoked by the Board

If your licence has been revoked by the board, you are no longer licensed to practice as an EMA in British Columbia. You may be reinstated if it would not be an undue risk to public health or safety. For information on how to have your licence reinstated, please see the policy for Reinstatement of a Revoked Licence.

Student Licensing

Student licences are required for the practicum component of the PCP, ACP, CCP and ITT programs.

Student licences include terms and conditions permitting practice of skills in real-life situations under the direct supervision of qualified instructors, preceptors and other approved clinical supervisors in the training environment.

Licensing Process

Important Information

  • One year licence term (can be extended for up to one additional year).
  • Fees are not required for short-term licences for students.
  • Student licences can be extended for up to 180 days at a time (total licence time cannot exceed 2 years)

The EMA Licensing Branch must receive the following documentation at least 14 days prior to the first clinical or practical placement start date.

Applicant’s Checklist

Applicants are responsible for the following:

  • Complete and electronically submit the Application for Licence form.
  • Submit a digital colour photo that is less than one year old; photo can be attached to the “Application for Licence” form, or emailed to speciallicenses@gov.bc.ca with your full name in the subject line. Printed photos may be mailed to the EMA Licensing Branch.

Please note:

  • When a licensed EMA is granted a student licence at a higher level, they can still perform all services listed in their previous level licence without supervision, while licensed as a student.
  • The student licence is no longer valid upon expiry, program completion or program withdrawal, at this time the branch will automatically reinstate the licence held prior to the student licence being issued.
  • EMAs licensed as students are exempt from continuing competence requirements for the reporting period(s) the student licence is valid.

Training Agency Checklist

Training agencies are responsible for sending completed Licence for Student Request forms to the EMA Licensing Branch at the beginning of each class session or at least 14 days prior to when the licences are required. Forms can be emailed to speciallicenses@gov.bc.ca or faxed to 250-952-1222.

If an extension is required, the training agency can submit a Licence for Student Request form at least 14 days prior to requiring the licence (check the extension box on the form).

Replacement Licences

If your licence has been lost, stolen etc., you can request a replacement licence by completing the Replacement Licence Form.

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