Out-of-Province Applicants

In order to transfer to B.C. as an Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA), you must be licensed or registered as an EMA or equivalent in your current jurisdiction. The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board does not accept applications from applicants transferring to B.C. based on training, employment and/or examinations only.

Canadian Applicants

If you hold a valid Emergency Medical Assistant licence in one or more province of Canada, you can get a licence in B.C.. The following links show which endorsements apply to each licence category:

Please Note: Not all licence levels will transfer to B.C. with all the endorsements listed in Schedule 2 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation. Please see Endorsement Applications for more information on how to get an endorsement.

Applying for a Licence in British Columbia

To apply for a licence in B.C., follow these steps:

  • Complete and electronically submit the Application for Licence form.
  • Provide us with a colour photo that is less than one year old. You can attach a digital colour photo to the application for licence form or printed photos can be mailed to our office.
  • Complete Part A of the Verification of Paramedic Registration (PDF, 269KB) form for each province you are currently and/or previously registered in and send it to your regulating body(s). The regulating body will complete Part B and send it directly to our office.
    Note: For Ontario applicants the form must be completed by the Ministry of Health and long-term care (base hospitals are not considered a regulating body).

Once our office has received all of your documentation, you will be advised of your eligibility for licensing in B.C. and your exam requirements.

International Applicants

If you are licensed or registered outside of Canada and want to get an Emergency Medical Assistant licence in B.C., you must have your training and experience reviewed by the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch.

To request a review of your training and experience, follow these steps:

Once our office has received all of your documentation, a clinical advisor will review your file to determine your equivalent emergency medical assistant level in British Columbia. We will then advise you of your eligibility for licensing in B.C. and your exam requirements.

Note: There are fees associated with the licensing process when a written and/or practical exam is required.

Transferring from B.C.

To transfer from B.C. to another jurisdiction, you will need to verify your B.C. registration. The verification process is as follows:

  • Get the Verification of Paramedic Registration from the jurisdiction you want to transfer to.
  • Complete Part A of the form and send by email to speciallicenses@gov.bc.ca.
    Note: You can mail the original to our office if the jurisdiction you want to transfer to requires an original.
  • Our office will fill out Part B of the Verification or Paramedic Registration form and then mail the form directly to the regulating body of that jurisdiction.

Useful Links

Canadian Emergency Medical Assistant Regulators