Qualifications for registration

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Note: The Board is assessing qualifications and training under grandparenting pathways (including adequate qualifications) and lists will be updated on the website, once endorsed.

The details of qualifications for general registration are available below.


Approved qualifications

An online search of approved programs of study across all professions includes the approved qualifications for general registration as a paramedic.

The Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) has approved the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) accredited programs of study as providing a qualification for the purposes of general registration under section 310 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in every state and territory (the National Law)1.


Substantially equivalent qualifications 

If you hold a qualification that the Board considers to be substantially equivalent, or based on similar competencies to an approved qualification, you will be qualified for general registration in paramedicine2.

The Board has determined the following qualifications are substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies, to an approved qualification.

  • Auckland University of Technology New Zealand – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
  • Whitireia New Zealand – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)


Accepted qualifications 

If you hold one of the following qualifications issued by the Ambulance Service of New South Wales, you are qualified for general registration in paramedicine3.

  • a Diploma of Paramedical Science
  • a Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) or an Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) 
  • a Diploma in Paramedical Science (Pre-Hospital Care) or an Advanced Diploma Paramedical Sciences (Pre-Hospital care)  


Qualifications for general registration under grandparenting 

The Registration standard: Grandparenting sets out the Board’s requirements for an application in general registration when you do not hold an approved, substantially equivalent or accepted qualification and wish to apply under section 311 of the National Law that provides for alternative ways of proving you may be qualified for general registration as a paramedic.

The Board will publish and maintain lists on its website of qualifications or training it has assessed as meeting the criteria outlined in the grandparenting provisions of the National Law

The first tranche of qualifications that the Board considers adequate for the purposes of practising the profession are below. Qualifications will be added as they are endorsed.

Section 311(1)(a) pathway - list of "adequate" qualifications

Education provider Program - qualification name
Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Health Science (Pre-Hospital Care)
Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Health Science (Pre-Hospital Care) - conversion course
Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) (Major: Paramedical Science)
Edith Cowan University Graduate Diploma of Paramedical Science
Flinders University Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic)
La Trobe University Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Paramedic Practice
Monash University Bachelor of Paramedic Studies
Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Health Science (Emergency Health Services)
Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
The University of Queensland Bachelor of Paramedic Science
The University of Queensland Bachelor of Paramedicine
University of Ballarat Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine
University of Southern Queensland Bachelor of Paramedic Science
University of Southern Queensland Bachelor of Paramedical Science
University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
Whitireia Community Polytechnic Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Auckland University of Technology Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

The Board will also publish qualifications that meet the criteria for registration under the section 311(1)( b) pathway.

If you wish to apply for general registration as a paramedic before participation day4, but you do not hold a qualification listed on the Board’s website, you may be required to provide:

  • a brief practice history
  • evidence of adequate 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.

Check whether you are eligible for registration.


1Under s310 of the National Law, the Board has until participation day to approve or refuse to approve, a Council of Ambulance Authorities’ (CAA) accredited program of study, as published on the CAA’s website.
2Under section 53(b) of the National Law.
3Under section 312 of the National Law.
4The day prescribed by regulation after which an individual may be registered in paramedicine under the National Law.

 
 
Page reviewed 15/08/2018