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Paramedic Services Recruitment

 

Halton Region employs both primary care and advanced care paramedics. Learn about how to become a paramedic, where to receive training, the recruitment process and more.

Halton Region employs primary care and advanced care paramedics. Visit Halton Region's employment opportunities to view current postings.

Becoming a paramedic

To become a paramedic, you must:

  • Complete an Ontario Ministry of Health approved Primary Care Paramedic course
  • Undergo a certification process administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)

Candidates from outside Ontario who do not have their Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) designation must enter an equivalency process with MOHLTC to establish their qualifications to work in Ontario. Information on the equivalency process can be found below:

Recruitment process

All components of the recruitment process are specific to Halton Region.

Qualifying advanced care paramedic applicants must participate in a separate hiring competition, which includes:

  • A written exam
  • An interview (at a later date)
  • A physical assessment

Casper test

To assist with the selection process, all applicants are required to complete the CASPer® (external link) test. It is an online test that assesses personal and professional characteristics that are important for successful candidates of our program.

Please visit takeCASPer.com (external link) to create an account and to reserve a time to take the test. Sign up for the Professional Paramedic Services CSP-20212 20212 test and reserve a test using a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a list of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select Halton Paramedic Services for distribution before the posted distribution deadline.

For more information about the CASPer test, please view this video (video).

Exam

Written Exam

Registration for the written exam will take place:

  • December 9 to 18, 2019

There are limited spots available for each sitting; scheduling is based on a first come, first served basis. Candidates will receive a confirmation of application as of December 9, 2019. A link in the letter will allow candidates to register for one of five different exam times; the link will go live on December 9, 2019 and will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on December 18, 2019. Please ensure you check all email inboxes, including junk mail.

Written exams will consist of 100 multiple choice questions over a two-hour period. Exams will be conducted during the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020: one sitting at 9 a.m. and one sitting at 1 p.m.
  • Friday, January 10, 2020: one sitting at 9 a.m. and one sitting at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9 a.m.

All exams are located at:

Photo ID - valid class F Ontario driver’s licence (out of province licences will not be accepted without documentation proving equivalency – it is the applicants responsibility to obtain this) Candidates must arrive 1 hour prior to scheduled time for documentation verification. You must provide the following ORIGINAL documentation (NO PHOTOCOPIES) to gain access to the written exam (failure to provide ALL required documentation will result in denial of access):

  • One of the following:
    • Current college student ID card
    • College diploma from approved program
    • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ID card
    • AEMCA certificate
    • Ministry of Healthy and Long-Term Care equivalency letter

All candidates for the written exam will be required to sign a Code of Conduct waiver (available on site). Only successful candidates will be contacted to move on to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Practical exam/drive test

All successful candidates who receive an email to continue the recruitment process will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of their practical evaluation. Dates for the practical exam have been scheduled for February 10 to March 2, 2020. Candidates must provide the following on the date of testing:

  • A valid PAA from OPPAT (external link) will only be accepted this year.
  • A valid class F Ontario driver's licence

Failure to provide this documentation on the day of testing will result in candidate's immediate removal from the recruitment process.

The practical exam will consist of simulated patient care scenarios.

  • Simulation mannequin and/or live persons will be used as patients for the scenarios.
  • Patient care might involve trauma or medical situations based on the most current published provincial BLS/ALS Patient Care Standards.
  • Any reference material that candidates want to bring into the scenario will be permitted.

These will be completed at:

Only successful candidates will be contacted to move onto the next stage of the recruitment process.

Interviews

All successful candidates who receive an email to continue the recruitment process will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of their interview.

Candidates must provide:

  • An updated resume
  • Three professional references related to the emergency medical services field (current preceptor must be one of the references)

Scheduled date

March and April 2020

Location

Halton Region Paramedic Services Headquarters
(Woodlands Operations Centre)
1179 Bronte Road, Oakville (Google Map link)

Successful candidates who receive an email to continue the recruitment process will be directed to confirm the date, time and location of their pre-employment psychological screening. Dates for the screening have been scheduled 1 week prior to the candidate’s interview.

Candidates will complete standardized, empirically validated self-report measures. The assessment will measure:

  • Personality traits
  • Resilience
  • Coping styles

After the measures have been scored, an interview will take place between the candidate and a psychologist.

Job offers

All successful candidates will be contacted by phone in March and April 2020. They will receive further instructions on how the process will continue at that time.

Orientation

Orientation will take place:

Job postings

Job postings are now available for the 2020 recruitment process. Resumes must be submitted electronically to be considered to register for the written exam.

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