Licence Applications

In British Columbia, you must hold a valid licence to practice as a first responder, emergency medical responder, primary care paramedic, advanced care paramedic, infant transfer team or critical care paramedic.

Licence Fees

Payment of the licence fee as set out in the Emergency Health Services Regulations is required to obtain your licence. 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 licence fees you submit, if you are unsuccessful in the evaluation process.

Licence Category

Licence Fee (if written examination is required)

Licence Fee (if practical examination is required)

Licence Fee (if both written and practical examinations are required)

Licence Renewal
Fee

Emergency Medical Responder

$ 50.00

$ 400.00

$ 450.00

$ 50.00

Primary Care Paramedic

$ 50.00

$ 400.00

$ 450.00

$ 50.00

Advanced Care Paramedic

$ 50.00

$ 500.00

$ 550.00

$ 50.00

Critical Care Paramedic

no fee

no fee

no fee

$ 50.00

Infant Transport Team

no fee

no fee

no fee

$ 50.00

There are no licence fees associated with emergency medical assistant first responder licensing, student licensing and initial licensing for applicants transferring from another province.

How to Pay your Licence Fees

Licence 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:
Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch
Ministry of Health
PO Box 9625 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9P1

Or courier to:
Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch
Ministry of Health
1405 Douglas, 5th Floor
Victoria BC V8W 2G2

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

Applying for an Emergency Medical Responder, Primary Care Paramedic or Advanced Care Paramedic Licence

Emergency medical responder, primary care paramedic and advanced care paramedic 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. Pay the applicable fees (see above).

Applying for a Critical Care Paramedic or Infant Transport Team Licence

Critical care paramedic and infant transport team 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. 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.

Reinstating an Expired Licence

If your licence has expired, you are no longer licensed to practice as an emergency medical assistant 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:

Emergency Medical Assistant First Responder Licence Category

Emergency Medical Responder, Primary Care Paramedic, Infant Transport Team, Advanced Care Paramedic, and Critical Care Paramedic 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 emergency medical assistant 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 Revoked Licence - Reapplication.

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 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).