• 3rd Sep 2018

Registration Ready Checklist

This checklist is provided as a summary or quick reference of the process to registration, and should not be used as a replacement to the comprehensive details on the AHPRA and Paramedicine Board of Australia (ParaBA) website here http://www.paramedicineboard.gov.au/Registration

Check if you need to register

Anyone who works as or will be using the title 'paramedic' (including people in non-clinical roles) must register. Students, medics, volunteer ambulance officers and EMTs do not need to apply for registration.

Prepare to apply for registration

If you haven’t already, read the information provided by the ParaBA about the eligibility requirements for registration to make sure you will meet the requirements. You need to be qualified and suitable for registration.

You will need a number of documents, for evidence, to upload with your application. This includes proof of identity (3 forms of identity such as birth certificate, passport and drivers license – one with current residential address), your qualifications, transcripts, 5 years of paramedic employment history (employer, place of practice, dates of employment) and other evidence as required depending on your pathway. Applicants do not need to provide certified copies of documents in the application, unless requested by AHPRA and the ParaBA.

There are different ways to demonstrate your education – you can see the different degree and diploma qualifications and whether they are approved, accepted, substantially equivalent or used under grandparenting via this link https://www.paramedicineboard.gov.au/education/qualifications.aspx.

You will need to demonstrate by supplying evidence that you:

  • Hold an approved qualification. These are compiled in a list determined by the ParaBA. These are generally current degree programs offered by Universities.
  • Hold an accepted qualification. This is a Diploma qualification issued by the NSW Ambulance Service.
  • Have a substantially equivalent qualification. These will be primarily overseas qualifications that the Board considers to be substantially equivalent to an approved qualification.

If you do not hold one of these qualifications you will need to:

Prove you are qualified or competentthrough the grandparenting pathways to be registered. This includes holding:

  • an adequate qualification; these includes some older degree courses no longer provided such as the first Australian Paramedic degree, the Bachelor of Health Science (Pre-Hospital Care), or
  • a diploma or advanced diploma that the Board has assessed as meeting the required hours of supervised practice (qualification and practice), or a Diploma or higher and have passed a Board-approved assessment, or
  • competence to practice in the profession by demonstrating 5 years’ practice a paramedic in the past 10 years and a portfolio that demonstrates your competence as a paramedic

Many of the known qualifications will be listed on the online application form and you will need to select the qualifications you have, and upload evidence. If you don’t have any of the qualifications listed, you will need to provide additional evidence to prove you meet the grandparenting pathways.

You may need to request a copy of a qualification, transcript or employment documents from relevant institutions to upload to support your application if you don’t already have these. You should do this now if you need to, as there will be a large volume of requests for these documents.

If you wish to apply for general registration as a paramedic but you do not hold an approved, substantially equivalent, accepted qualification, or one of the diplomas/advanced diplomas listed on the Board’s website, you may be required to provide; evidence of other qualification(s) obtained, and/or evidence of training or further study undertaken, and/or evidence of supervised practice completed, and/or a statement of service, and/or position descriptions, and/or a detailed practice history, and/or other evidence of your practice, employment or experience to support your qualification.

Create an account and apply online

From 3 September 2018, you can create an AHPRA online services login. This allows you to view the application form, identify what you need, and also to save your partially completed application and complete it later when you have more information or documents. Enrol early to give yourself plenty of time to find out what you need, gather any documents and complete your application before regulation begins in late 2018.

Upload the required documents and make payment

Depending on your background, you may need to upload supporting documents, like copies of qualifications or letters from employers, or other supporting evidence mentioned above. Details of what these may need to be depending on your background are covered in section 2 above.

All uploaded files must: be in colour, clear and legible, be clearly titled in English (no special characters), be in one of the following formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, or TIFF, be unencrypted, be an uncompressed file, have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and have a file size less than 10MB.

To finish your application, you will need to make a payment by credit card. The ParaBA listed the fees as a one-time application fee of $190 and an annual registration fee of $275.

Wait for email updates about your registration

You’ll get an email from the Board and AHPRA to let you know the outcome of your registration application or if they need more information from you. According to their website you can call yourself a ‘paramedic’ while your registration application is being considered as long as you submit the complete application before participation day (the day regulation of paramedicine takes effect). It is, however, an offence under the National Law (and penalties may apply) if you call yourself a ‘paramedic’ and have not submitted a complete application before participation day, or if your registration application has been considered and you have not been granted registration.

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