College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia
Initial Registrant - Absent from Practice in Excess of One Year Application Form

This application process has between eight (8) and thirteen (13) parts to complete depending upon the level of review this is required. The thirteen (13) steps are:

Part 1   - Information/Data (Member Profile)
Part 2   - Review of the Practice of Paramedicine in Nova Scotia 
Part 3   - Jurisprudence Declarations about Practice of Paramedicine 
Part 4   - Documentation   Upload Requirements
Part 5   - Acknowledgements and Declarations 
Part 6   - Payment of Fees
Part 7   - Review of Application and supporting documentation by College Staff 
Part 8   - Review of Application and supporting documentation by the Registrar, if required
Part 9   - Review by Registration Committee, with a request for additional information if required 
Part 10 - Appeal to Registration Appeal Committee, with a request for additional information, if required 
Part 11 - Status and Outcome of the Application Review Process 
Part 12 - Applicant Confirmation of Intent to License
Part 13 - Entry to Paramedic Register and Appropriate Roster

Introduction:

The College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia Initial Registrant - Absent from Practice in Excess of One Year Application is for any person who previously held a license in another jurisdiction in Canada, other than Nova Scotia and did not renew their license in over one year.  This application is not for international applicants.
 
Please read this information in its entirety before beginning the application process. Applicants who fail to be self-informed about the application process will experience delays in the application process. Any application that is deficient of any required documentation or fee payment will be deemed incomplete and will not be reviewed until the deficiencies are corrected.

Prior to completing the application form, you must review several documents to become familiar with the practice of paramedicine in Nova Scotia. The documents you must review include: The Paramedics Act, the Paramedics Regulations, the Paramedics Regulation Definitions, the College’s Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice, as well as the Essential Competence Profile for the class of license you are applying for.

All information provided by the applicant must be true and valid. If an applicant provides any inaccurate, false, or misleading information, omits required information or submits any documents during the application process that have been altered, tampered with or forged will have their application assessment immediately cancelled and will be prohibited from applying to the College in the future. This rule applies to all information/documents received during the application process, including written
correspondence from the applicant.

An applicant who possess documentation that is not presented in the English Language must have the documentation translated to English by a certified translator. Then, the certified translator is to submit the documentation directly to the College. Any costs associated with the translation and submission of documents is the responsibility of the applicant.

The College requires applicants to pay the registration and licensure fee of $450 upon making an application to the College. If an applicant is not successful in the application process, the College will retain a $100 non-refundable fee from the original $450 paid by the applicant. The applicant will receive a refund cheque of $350, if they; withdraw their application, fail to complete the application process within 6 months of their original application submission date, or are denied registration and licensing.

Documentation Requirements:

The applicant must ensure they review the complete list of documentation requirements below, to become familiar with the information that will be required for their application.

An application will not be considered complete until all documentation is received, this includes any additional information that may be requested by the Registrar, Registration Committee and/or Registration Appeals Committee, when the applicant file is being assessed for completion.

The documentation requirements include:

    1. A completed Initial Registrant – Absent from Practice in Excess of One Year Application, which includes all requisite documentation.
    2. Proof of legal name, which may be in the form of a Government issued birth certificate, marriage license, or legal affidavit.
    3. Proof of identification, which may be in the form of a copy of their drivers license or passport, or other government issued photo identification.
    4. Evidence of Canadian Citizenship or Legal Entitlement to live and work in Canada, which may be in the form of a Canadian Birth Certificate or documentation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
    5. Proof of English language proficiency if no equivalent language proficiency requirement was imposed on and satisfied by the applicant for any licensing jurisdiction.
    6. Provide a certificate of standing, also known as a verification of registration (VoR) from each jurisdiction where they held a paramedic practicing license, to demonstrate they have no outstanding complaints, prohibitions, conditions or restrictions against them in that jurisdiction.
    7. If applicable, provide a certificate of standing, also known as a verification of registration (VoR) for each regulated profession where the applicant was last licensed to practice demonstrating they have no outstanding complaints, prohibitions, conditions or restrictions against them in that jurisdiction.
    8. Criminal Record Search with Vulnerable Record Check or International Criminal Record Search with Vulnerable Record Check
    9. Drivers abstracts
    10. Any other evidence requested by the Registrar to support the applicant’s current capacity, competence, and character to safely and ethically practice paramedicine.
    11. Identification of the Medical Practitioner, licensed in NS, providing direct or indirect supervision of the applicants practice – Please note, if an applicant cannot fulfill this requirement, they can only receive a Restricted Practicing license with conditions.
    12. Proof of Professional Liability Insurance that at all times provides a minimum of $5,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $5,000,000 coverage per year, excluding legal or court costs. Please note, if an applicant cannot fulfill this requirement, they can only receive a Restricted Practicing license with conditions.
    13. Resume detailing their experiences in any regulated profession.
    14. Evidence of continuing competence development
    15. Evidence of completing a competence assessment, if required.
    16. Completion of the College’s judicial examination once if it completed.
    17. Electronic copy of the Initial Registrant – Absent from Practice in Excess of One Year Application form, which is generated automatically once the form is completed.
    18. Any additional information required by the Registrar, Registration Committee or Registration Appeals Committee, when the applicants file is being assessed for completion.

A person who disagrees with the Registrar’s requirement for a competence assessment may, no later than 30 days after the date of the Registrar’s decision, request that the decision be referred to the Registration Committee, who may choose to uphold the Registrar’s decision. If the Registration Committee upholds the Registrar’s decision the applicant may appeal that decision to the Registration Appeals Committee.


Part 1   - Information Section of the Application Form

This portion of the application form must be completed by all applicants who have not previously registered with the College and have been absent from practice more than one-year. The applicant will provide the details regarding the type of application they are completing, personal & contact information and educational information. They will also be required to respond to several judicial questions and read the Paramedics Act & Regulations, as well as the College Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and Essential Competence Profiles before proceeding to uploading documents to the College’s portal.

College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia
380 Bedford Highway, Suite 315
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2L4
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