Training Programs - For Students

The Training Program Recognition policy, describes the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board’s authority to recognize training programs  and the process by which the board will exercise that authority.

Training Program Recognition for Students

Student Licensing

Student licences are required for the practicum component of the Primary Care Paramedic, Advanced Care Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic and Infant Transport Team 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 Emergency Medical Assistants 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:

Please note:

  • When a licensed emergency medical assistant 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  • The student licence is no longer valid upon expiry, program completion or program withdrawal, at this time the branch will automatically reinstate the licence held prior to the student licence being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.
  • Emergency medical assistants 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 Emergency Medical Assistants 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

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).

Endorsement Additions and Restriction Removals

In B.C., an emergency medical assistant may also be endorsed to provide the services listed in Schedule 2 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation. There are some approved methods below for adding endorsements to your licence. If there is training that you would like to have recognized for an endorsement, please contact the branch at

In order to have an endorsement added to, or a restriction removed from your licence, successful completion of Board recognized training is required. Please see the Board recognized training programs document for information regarding Board Recognized training.

In most cases your proof of successful completion of training will be submitted to the branch by your recognized training institution. However, if your training institution does not submit the proof of successful completion of training, you may submit your standalone certificate to to request the endorsement addition or restriction removal.

Exemption from training is granted only for medication endorsements and restrictions. If you are seeking a medication endorsement addition or a medication restriction removal, you may complete a research paper. To submit a research paper please follow the directions below:

  • Complete a research paper following the guidelines (PDF, 384KB)
  • Submit the research paper with your full name (as it appears on your licence), licence number and medication name on the research paper and in the email subject line to for review.