Annual Practising Certificates
When practising as a registered paramedic, you must hold an annual practising certificate (APC). Working without a current APC is not permitted under the Act and may lead to disciplinary action.
Once you obtain your practising certificate, you will be able to confirm your practising status by going to the ‘Public Register’ located on our website.
Please note, you will not receive a physical certificate, however you may view or print your APC from your MyPMC portal.
Applications for practising certificates are always considered on an individual basis. If you have any questions about your eligibility, or whether you require a practising certificate in your current role, please contact us.
Definition of practising
The Council is required to define practising, to determine whether a paramedic has maintained the required standard of continuing competence and whether a paramedic requires a practising certificate.
Paramedic practice is using paramedic knowledge in a direct relationship with clients or working in paramedic management, paramedic administration, paramedic education, paramedic research, paramedic professional advice or paramedic policy development roles, which impact on public safety.
This means that a person who has the responsibilities of a paramedic as defined by the Paramedic Council scope of practice and is using their paramedic knowledge in a direct relationship with clients should hold a practising certificate.
If a paramedic is employed in one of the other roles set out in the definition, they may not require a practising certificate unless their role impacts on public safety.
The purpose of this definition is to ensure that paramedics who are in a direct paramedic relationship with clients or whose role impacts on public safety comply with the requirements of the Act. The Act aims to ensure that paramedics have maintained the required standard of competence to protect public safety, such as ongoing professional development.
The definition and its requirements do not extend to paramedics who no longer have paramedic responsibilities but who choose to continue working in the health care sector. The definition may include some practitioners who are working as paramedics but whose employers have not previously required them to hold practising certificates.
The date for APC renewal will be 1 April each year.
If you do not apply for renewal before your current APC expires you may be working without a current APC. As this is not permitted under the Act, you may be referred to a professional conduct committee.
To protect public safety, employers also have a responsibility to ensure that the paramedics in their workplace hold current APCs.
If you are no longer practising or do not intend to practise after your APC expires, you do not need to renew.
This could be because you are:
- currently practising overseas
- not returning to practise or on a break.