For the public

For the public

The Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP) exists to protect the public. SCoP regulates the paramedic profession by setting standards for paramedic education and practice.  The College ensures that those who practice as Paramedics or Emergency Medical Responders are qualified and competent.

The College supports its 2,000 licensed members in meeting the Code of Conduct and standards of practice and takes action when these are not met.

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Paramedics in Canada number more than 30,000 and in addition to providing prehospital care, they commonly work in areas such as industry, community health and health promotion. Paramedics are strongly integrated with other emergency response agencies as partners in public safety. 

Paramedic Levels*

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
Critical Care Paramedic (CCP)

The levels are characterized as follows:

The EMR has successfully completed a recognized training program in emergency patient care and transportation. Historically, EMRs have been the medical first responder in rural and remote communities. They are often associated with volunteer emergency services organizations, and may be the sole provider of emergency medical services in some communities. EMRs may be responsible for initial assessments, the provision of safe and prudent care, and the transport of a patient to the most appropriate health care facility. 

The PCP has successfully completed a recognized education program in paramedicine at the primary care paramedic level. PCPs may be volunteer or career paramedics associated with remote, rural, suburban, urban, industrial, air ambulance and military services. PCPs constitute the largest group of paramedics in Canada. Controlled or delegated medical acts in the PCP competency profile include intravenous cannulation and the administration of certain medications. 

The ACP has successfully completed a recognized education program in paramedicine at the advanced care paramedic level. An ACP education program may require prior certification at the PCP level (or equivalent). ACPs are often employed in rural, suburban, urban, industrial, and air ambulance services. ACP education builds upon the PCP competencies, and ACPs apply their added knowledge and skills to provide enhanced levels of assessment and care. Controlled or delegated medical acts in the ACP competency profile include advanced techniques to manage life-threatening problems affecting patient airway, breathing and circulation. ACPs may implement treatment measures that are invasive and/or pharmacological in nature.

The CCP has successfully completed a recognized education program in paramedicine at the critical care paramedic level. This is currently the highest level of paramedic certification available. CCPs are often employed in suburban, urban, and air ambulance services. CCP education builds upon the ACP competencies, and CCPs apply their added knowledge and skills to provide enhanced levels of assessment and care. Controlled or delegated medical acts in the CCP competency profile include advanced techniques, including invasive hemodynamic monitoring devices to manage life-threatening problems affecting patient airway, breathing and circulation. CCPs may implement treatment measures that are invasive and/or pharmacological in nature. 

The paramedic levels are integrated, in that each successive level incorporates and exceeds the competencies of the previous level. 

The requirements for paramedic licensure are determined by the provincial regulatory bodies. The paramedic levels utilized by each province, and the respective terminology, currently vary somewhat across the country. 

Through COPR, the provincial regulators are collaborating in the development and administration of national registration examinations at the PCP and ACP levels. COPR has incorporated the NOCP’s Specific Competencies for the PCP and ACP into the Blueprints for these examinations.

*Information reprinted from National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics, Copyright 2011 Paramedic Association of Canada


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