Training Options for EMS personnel

EMSPrimary Care Paramedic (PCP)

License Level: Technician Paramedic
Typically a 12-month program which educates on all aspects of patient handling and care. It includes time in various hospital settings and in the field (in an ambulance). PCPs are trained to provide a broad range of treatment including a variety of medications.

Intermediate Care Paramedic (ICP)

License Level: Technician Paramedic
ICP designation within Southern Health-Santé Sud is an internal designation for PCPs who have received an additional 12 months of advanced life support training. Paramedics at this level have extensive education in assessment and treatment of medical and traumatic emergencies. ICPs have the knowledge and skills to administer advanced cardiac, seizure, and obstetrical medications and treatment procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for an EMS position in Southern Health-Santé Sud?

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application/documentation have been received by Southern Health-Santé Sud and that the minimum qualifications have been met. If any of the documentation is missing, the application is considered incomplete and is not processed any further. Documents are not returned. Applications may be submitted by mail to the following address:

Emergency Medical Services – Administrative Assistant
Southern Health-Santé Sud
365 Reimer Avenue
Steinbach MB R5G 0R9


Required Documentation for Primary Care Paramedic
(All applicants at time of application):

  1. Covering letter and resume
  2. Application form for employment
  3. Minimum 18 years of age
  4. Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program certificate (minimum) or Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program certificate and transcript of marks.
  5. Province of Manitoba Technician-Paramedic License (minimum) or Province of Manitoba Technician-Advanced Paramedic License provided by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living.
  6. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate (Healthcare Provider Level "C")
  7. Valid Class 4 (or higher) Manitoba Driver's License (or provincial equivalent) with no alcohol related charges/convictions. Provincial equivalents are accepted, however, out of province applicants must show proof of having transferred their license to Manitoba prior to their first day of recruit training. Any infractions, offences or investigations occurring after application submission must be reported to Southern Health-Santé Sud.
  8. Driver's Abstract (original copy) from Manitoba Public Insurance (or provincial equivalent). It must be dated no more than 30 days prior to date of application. Any infractions occurring after application submission must be reported to Southern Health-Santé Sud. For more information please visit Obtaining a driver record.
  9. Driver's Safety Rating (original copy) from Manitoba Public Insurance (or provincial equivalent). It must be no more than minus four (-4) on the Driver Safety Rating scale and dated no more than thirty (30) days prior to date of application.  Any infractions occurring after application submission must be reported to Southern Health-Santé Sud. For more information please visit Driver Safety Rating.
  10. Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check (original copy) - must be dated no more than six months prior to the date of application. Any infractions occurring after application submission must be reported to Southern Health-Santé Sud.
  11. Child Abuse Registry Check (original copy) from the Government of Manitoba Child Abuse Registry Unit (or provincial equivalent) satisfactory to Southern Health-Santé Sud. It must be dated no more than six months prior to date of application. Any infractions occurring after application submission must be reported to Southern Health-Santé Sud. For more information please visit Child Abuse Registry.
  12. Adult Abuse Registry Check (original copy) from the Government of Manitoba Adult Abuse Registry Unit (or provincial equivalent) satisfactory to Southern Health-Santé Sud. It must be dated no more than six months prior to date of application. Any infractions occurring after application submission must be reported to Southern Health-Santé Sud. For more information please visit Adult Abuse Registry.
What are the minimum required qualifications?

The minimal required qualifications are listed on every posting advertised for Southern Health-Santé Sud. Please click here for current postings.

Can I apply before I have met all the minimum qualifications if I intend to complete them once you've accepted my application (i.e. EMS Training Programs, etc.)?

You must meet all the minimum qualifications as detailed in the checklist of requirements before you apply. Some documents are not required upon initial application but will be required later in the process.

How do I apply to get my Technician-Paramedic License in the Province of Manitoba?

Please visit the Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living website for information on applying for a license in the Province of Manitoba and to get information on the licensing requirements effective January 1, 2009 for EMS Personnel Licensing.

Where can I find information on becoming eligible for employment in Canada?

Please contact the Government of Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Centre or call 888-242-2100.

I do not live in Manitoba - how do I determine if my driver's license meets your province's driver license standards?

For more information please visit Obtaining a driver record.

Do I need to submit my original course certificates?

No. At the point of application, you must submit copies of your documentation.  If you are offered employment, you are required to produce all original documents.

I have a Technician-Paramedic License from another province, how do I apply to get my Technician-Paramedic License in the Province of Manitoba?

Provincial equivalents are accepted.  Out of province applicants must show proof of having transferred their license to Manitoba prior to their first day of recruit training. Contact Manitoba Health, Active Living and Seniors directly at the Personnel Licensing, Manitoba Health, Emergency Medical Services, 1680 Ellice Avenue, Unit 7. Call 204-945-5300 or visit their website at EMS Personnel Licensing for more information.

My Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check take several weeks and I won't have them before the posting closes, what can I do?

You may submit your receipt as proof of application and submit the original record checks on receipt.

How do I know if I have all the required documentation?

Each job posting includes a checklist with the required documentation. Make sure that you have completed the checklist and have attached all required documentation before you send in your application.

I applied within the current year but failed the testing, can I apply again?

Anyone may apply at any time to a posted position, however, it is highly encouraged that you participate in additional training/education and/or experience to improve your skills and the probability of passing the re-test.

What happens after you've received my application?

Your application package is assessed for compliance and completeness. A review of your file is conducted to determine your eligibility. You will be advised if you are advanced to the next stage of recruitment or of your eligibility to re-apply.

It has been some time since I submitted my application. If I haven't heard anything does this mean I am not being considered?

You will be notified as to our decision regarding your application. Our typical method of notification is by email.

  • There are many steps involved in our pre-screening process. This course of action can take some time to complete and your patience is appreciated.
  • If you haven't heard anything for a while, it may be that your package was incomplete or there is important information missing or requiring clarification. If this is the case, it will result in a delay in the processing of your application and our response back to you.
  • You may wish to pro-actively think back to the information and documents that you submitted to try and identify what is missing and if possible, produce additional required items to rectify any deficiencies.
  • In compliance with provincial and municipal legislation, we will only provide a status update to the applicant. In the interest of protecting the privacy of the individual, we cannot release this information to family, friends or associations to the applicant.
If I am chosen to go in for testing, how long should I expect to be at the test site?

Assessments are 1 to 2 hours each in duration. You are expected to be on site and prepared to test at your scheduled time. Once the test begins, no late arrivals are permitted.

What should I bring with me to the test?

All the material you require for the test will be provided. Applicants may wish to bring a snack, beverage, etc.

Where can I take the Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation?

Evaluations will be scheduled by the region with the University of Manitoba Physical Education Department. This evaluation is a pass or fail and applicants are given only one attempt per visit. Evaluation must be current and have been completed within the previous six months.

Do you accept the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)?

No.  All applicants must successfully complete the testing administered by the University of Manitoba.

If I qualify for an interview, what should I bring?

When your interview has been scheduled, we will send you an email outlining the items you are expected to bring.

What if I cannot come up with an answer to an interview question?

You can ask for time to gather your thoughts or to defer the question and request to return to it later. If you cannot recall a specific experience to share, try to reflect back on any volunteer experiences or situations that you have dealt with involving your family or friends.

How long is the selection process?

There isn't an established time frame for the selection process.  Many factors influence the process.  You may be asked to participate in one or more tests in a short period of time or you may need to wait a period of time between tests.

How often should I expect to hear from the recruitment personnel?

Our intent is to keep you informed and updated with information with the status of your file. It is your responsibility to keep us informed if you have a change in contact information or if you will be unavailable for a period of time (for example if you will be on vacation, out of the country, etc).

Do you accept out-of town applicants?

Yes.  You will be required to travel within Manitoba to participate in the different tests, sometimes with little advance notice. Any costs associated with travel and/or relocation expenses are your own responsibility.

I have completed additional professional certifications. Do I have an advantage?

Not necessarily. All applicants who meet the requirements as posted are reviewed within the recruitment process. We assess applicants' files based on individual skills and experiences against required qualifications. Applicants are measured on their ability to meet / exceed our standards rather than how they compare to other candidates.

Can you recommend courses to take to better my chances of being selected?

Due to the competitive nature of the assessment process, we do not counsel or provide recommendations to potential applicants on how to increase their competitiveness. For a list of Primary Care Paramedic training institutions which are accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), please visit CMA.

Will I be notified if I am determined to be ineligible for the next step in the recruitment process?

Yes. We notify all applicants of their standing in the process by email or mail. It is our intent to notify all candidates as soon as they are disqualified, however, you may not receive any communication until the recruitment process is complete.