An Ontario paramedic, of any level, must hold Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) qualifications or training and qualifications recognized as equivalent.
AEMCA qualifications are acquired by first completing a paramedic program from an approved college. Upon completion, you must pass a provincial examination (AEMCA) set by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to receive certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant. Then you must pass a Written Exam, Practical Exam and Interview at your chosen EMS Service.
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