First Responder Licensing

Important Notice: Criminal Record Check Feedback Period

On July 16, 2019, the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Board (EMALB) notified Emergency Medical Assistants (EMAs) and their employers of an upcoming policy change.  Effective September 1, 2019 for initial and reinstatement licenses, and October 1, 2019 for license renewals, all EMAs will be required to complete a criminal record check.

Since then, the EMALB has received feedback from several stakeholders expressing concerns about the policy.

In order to provide a greater opportunity to receive and consider this and other potential stakeholder feedback, the EMALB has placed on hold implementation of this policy while it undertakes a 90 day feedback period ending November 24th, 2019. For further context, a draft policy has also been posted.

Following the conclusion of the feedback period, the EMALB will consider the full range of feedback received and make a final decision on the implementation of the policy.

Written feedback may be sent to emalbfeedback@gov.bc.ca (Subject Line: CRC Consultation) or by mail to:

EMA Licensing Branch

Attention: Amanda Saville – CRC Consultation

PO BOX 9625 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria BC  V8W 9P1

 

In British Columbia, you must hold a valid licence to practice as a first responder.

Applying for an Initial 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. Successfully complete a recognized training program and the Board exams.
  2. 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.

First Responder Licence Renewals

First responder licences are valid for three years. Please see the First Responder Licence Renewal FAQ for more information.

  1. Successfully complete the EMA Licensing Board online EMA FR written exam.
    • A licensee has 3 attempts to successfully complete online written exam.
    • After the exam is complete, If an EMA FR did not successfully complete the online exam in the three attempts provided, the licensee must then successfully complete an EMA FR recognized training program and the Board approved exams to renew their licence.
  2. Complete and electronically submit an Application for Licence Form.

Applying for an Online Examination

1. How to obtain a BCeID

  • A BCeID is required to access the online exam system. If you do not already have a BCeID, click on the link and register for a Basic BCeID. Please use only lowercase characters in your BCeID username. (If you already have a BCeID and password you may skip this step.)

2. How to Request your exam

  • Once you have obtained your BCeID, you need to Request Access to the exam system by logging in using your BCeID, and creating an account for the exam system.
    • To create an account, please fill out the account form on the right-hand side of the screen and submit. A request for access will then be emailed to the branch for review and a copy will be sent to you for your records.

The exam coordinator will review your information and grant you access to the exam within two weeks of the request.

Licence Extensions

The licensing board may, prior to the date that an EMA's licence expires, extend the EMA's licence for a period not longer than 60 days, if satisfied that special circumstances exist such that the EMA will be unable, before the licence expires, to complete any requirement necessary for the renewal of the EMA's licence. As per the regulations, an EMA FR licence may not be extended for the purpose of completing re-certification training.

If you are unable to complete the necessary relicensing requirements prior to your licence expiring, you may apply for a 60-day extension of your licence if

  • Special circumstances exist, and
  • You make a request before your licence expires.

To request an extension, submit the Request for Extension form (PDF, 280KB) to firstres@gov.bc.ca.

EMA First Responder Policy

All EMA Licensing Board policy can be found on our policy page. Policy that is specific to first responders can also be found below.

Exams

EMALB 2011-01 Candidate Code of Conduct (PDF, 287KB)

EMALB 2016-15 EMA First Responder Licensing Examinations – Roles for Proctors and Examiners (PDF 487KB)

EMALB 2015-05 Glucogel Administration to Unconscious Patients (PDF, 298KB)

EMALB 2016-07 Adult CPR Chest Compressions (PDF, 290KB)

Licensing

EMALB 2013-01 Minimum Age Requirement (PDF, 282KB)

EMALB 2016-05  EMA FR Initial Renewal and Reinstatement Licensing Requirements (PDF, 334KB)

EMALB 2016-16 EMA's Duty to Report (PDF, 414KB)

EMALB 2017-03 Emergency Childbirth (PDF, 315KB)

EMALB 2018-02 Licence Endorsements (PDF, 298KB)

Complaints

EMALB 2016-17 Authorization of Representative in EMA Complaints Process (PDF, 279KB)