Paramedic Licensing in Prince Edward Island

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board of PEI is responsible for licensing paramedics under the Emergency Medical Technicians Act and Regulations.

Prince Edward Island registers paramedics at the following levels:

  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP/EMT-I)
  • Intermediate Care Paramedic (ICP/EMT-II) - renewals only
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP/EMT-III)

Island EMS is the primary employer of paramedics in PEI. While paramedics must be registered/licensed with the EMS Board to practice in PEI, employment-specific questions should be directed to the Human Resource Manager (HR@islandems.ca) at Island EMS.

Applying for your paramedic license in PEI

The Application Checklist provides details on what information and supporting documentation you should prepare prior to submitting your application.

  • Applications/supporting documentation are accepted online only, with a non-refundable $100.00 application fee paid by credit card at the time of submission.
  • In exceptional circumstances, applicants may request a hardcopy application package and pay by money order (no cash or cheques accepted). Contact emergency@gov.pe.ca for details.
  • Hardcopy applications received, without the applicant contacting emergency@gov.pe.ca first, will not be processed.

Applicant types

Entry to Practice and New Graduates: Those who graduated within the last two years from an accredited Canadian PCP or ACP program and have not yet registered in another jurisdiction may apply. Two application pathways are available to new graduates:

  • Provisional licence
    • Submit an application package upon program completion, minus COPR entry-to-practice exam results, and be granted a provisional license for the purpose of beginning work in PEI.
    • Paramedics who exercise this option have one year from the date of license issue to submit evidence of successful COPR exam completion to the EMS Board.
    • If successful results are not submitted within a year, the provisional license will be revoked but the applicant has one more year to submit full requirements post-graduation.
  • Full (non-provisional) license
    • Submit an application package, including successful COPR entry-to-practice exam results, within two years of graduation.
    • The graduate may not practice paramedicine or be employed as a paramedic until all licensing requirements are submitted and the EMS Board confirms their registration.

Renewal: Paramedics currently registered in good standing with the EMS Board of PEI must renew their license every two years. Licenses issued during the current cycle expire on March 31, 2023.

Labour Mobility: Paramedics currently registered, in good standing, with another Canadian paramedic regulator may apply under Labour Mobility. Such applicants do not need to provide evidence of continuing education or clinical practice with their application package, as these are assumed due to their active registration elsewhere.

International: Prior to applying, international applicants must complete the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) International Assessment process.  COPR will forward the assessment results to the EMS Board for review, at the applicant’s request, and the Board will then reach out directly to the applicant to explain next steps for applying.

Lapsed License: By legislation, paramedics who allow their license to lapse have a period of three years to apply for renewal before their license expires. There are additional requirements to renew a lapsed license and questions should be directed to emergency@gov.pe.ca prior to applying.

Application checklist (printable version)

Unless otherwise noted:

  • Requirements below apply to all applicant types and paramedic levels.
  • All supporting documentation must be uploaded with the online application.

Requirements:

  • Online application form, including criminal history declaration statement.
  • $100.00 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.
  • Current Advanced Life Support (ACLS) Certification – ICP and ACP only.
  • Driver’s abstract, dated within the last 3 months.
  • Request a PEI driver’s abstract.
  • Copy of photo ID (driver’s license or passport photo).
  • Submit as a .jpg or .png file by email to emergency@gov.pe.ca.
  • Verification of Registration (VoR) for all other Canadian jurisdictions where the applicant is currently or has previously been registered:
    • Applicant completes Section A, then sends to other regulator(s) for completion of Section B. The other regulator(s) then send the form directly to the EMS Board of PEI.
  • Copy of diploma or letter of completion from registrar’s office – new graduates only.
  • Evidence of successful COPR entry-to-practice exam results – new PCP and ACP graduates only.
  • Emergency Calloutsrenewal applicants only:
    • Provide references to at least ten Code 1 calls in which the applicant provided patient care between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2023:
    • Individuals who work in alternate settings and cannot provide “PCR” references should contact emergency@gov.pe.ca to discuss alternative means to demonstrate currency of clinical practice.
    • Individuals who became licensed after April 1, 2021 should contact emergency@gov.pe.ca about proration of this requirement.
  • Continuing Education Units - renewal applicants only:
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca