Types of Licences
SCoP issues practicing, non-practicing, and restricted licences for each licence level, and all licences must be renewed before December 1 each year.
Requirements for initial registration are different for each type of applicant:
A practicing licence without restrictions allows members to work as a paramedic, unsupervised, at full scope. The payment amount for a practicing licence is prorated throughout the year. See practicing fees »
New licences may be restricted for one of two reasons:
- Applicants who are licensed in another province may have an educational deficiency to make up through gap training. Members are not allowed to perform the particular skills that are restricted until they complete the additional training and apply to have the restriction removed. There is no charge for this gap training restriction.
- A new graduate may be waiting to pass their licensing exam. In this case, the member must work under direct supervision. Direct supervision is defined as no more than an arms length away at all times while providing patient care. $100 is charged for the restriction, on top of the practicing fee , and members have 6 months to pass the licensing exam. An additional 6 months can be requested if needed.
Current members requesting a restricted licence at time of renewal, to allow time to recertify, does not affect scope of practice. Members can still work at full scope without supervision. This restriction costs $100 on top of the practicing fee.
All restricted licences expire 6 months after the restriction is applied, unless an extension has been requested and granted, so it's important for members to work towards having restrictions removed.
If you are not planning to work as a paramedic in the immediate future, you can choose a non-practicing licence instead for $50. You cannot work or volunteer with a non-practicing licence, and certificates, skills, or CME credits do not have to be submitted at time of renewal.
You can remain non-practicing for up to 2 years without consequence (you do have to renew your non-practicing licence for $50 each year), as long as you are not working or volunteering as a paramedic. To change your status back to practicing, submit a Change of Status form with your certificates, skills, and CME, pay the practicing fee, and the $50 change of status fee.
Non-practicing licences are a great option for anyone on maternity leave, paternity leave, medical leave, and those who are leaving the profession or the province (in case you change your mind).
- After 2 years of non-practicing, you can renew as a practicing member on the third year by submitting your skills and CME credits. If you choose non-practicing for a third year, you will be required to complete a refresher course to become a practicing member again.
- After 5 years, you will be required to complete the entire training program again.
If you do not renew your licence and choose to let it lapse, you will need to go through reinstatement if you would like to be licensed again. Reinstatement costs $275 plus the licence fee of $490 for 2018. If you have never written a licencing exam, you will also be responsible for writing and passing the exam at a cost of $500 for EMR members, and $695.50 for PCP and ACP members. A licence officially lapses on February 1. More info about reinstatement >
Late fees are collected on any licence renewals that are not submitted in full by December 1. All mandatory certificates, skills and CME credits must be submitted with the licence fee before midnight on December 1. Anything received after the deadline will incur late fees. Late fees begin at $50 on the very first day and go up by $25 each week to a maximum of $250.
If you cannot meet your licence requirements for renewal, consider choosing a non-practicing or restricted licence rather than incurring weeks of late fees.