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Paramedic Training

Once you've been accepted into Ambulance, you will undertake a training program which qualifies you as a paramedic. Here's a snap shot of your first few years with Ambulance.

1. You become a new starter and complete induction (8 weeks of classroom based training)

You will complete an induction course studying preliminary clinical and practical skills as well as undertaking driver awareness assessments at the Ambulance Education Centre.

2. You are now a trainee paramedic (30+ weeks of on road training)

You are assigned to a training station where you commence a nine month on-road training program with an on-road clinical mentor, applying your studies to a practical environment under full-time supervision.

3. You complete your first In-service (3 weeks of classroom based training)

Following your initial 12 months on-road practicum, you return to the Ambulance Education Centre for a further three weeks of classroom study, training and assessments. This prepares you for deployment to a station as a paramedic intern.

4. You are officially an intern paramedic (46 weeks of on road training)

As a paramedic intern, you complete a further one year practical experience.

5. You complete your second in-service (3 weeks of classroom based training)

After your internship, you return to the Ambulance Education Centre to further your clinical knowledge, acquire new skills and complete a number of practical and theoretical assessments. If successful, you are awarded a Diploma in Paramedical Science Pre-Hospital Care and become a fully qualified paramedic.

6. You are now recognised as a Qualified Paramedic

After three years (or equivalent) of training and study, you receive the Diploma of Paramedical Science. As a qualified paramedic, you can apply your skills unsupervised and take on the role as clinical mentor for junior officers.


University graduates with a paramedic degree can be fast-tracked to qualified paramedic status after a one-year period completing only steps 1,2,4 and 5 (typically in less than 40 weeks).

Please note: RPL does not apply to people with this degree.

Your skill set

As a paramedic, you assess, treat and stabilise patients at the scene of emergencies and can continue medical treatment en-route during transport to hospital. Paramedics have the ability to apply many life saving skills and administer drugs to assist in a wide variety of illnesses and accidental injuries.

Skills acquired include: 

  • Establishing a drip for intravenous fluids
  • Administering pain relief medications and life saving adrenaline to severe allergic and asthmatic patients 
  • Advanced airway care with Laryngeal Mask Airway insertion.
  • Defibrillation of patients in cardiac arrest



Part of your training will include learning to use an EMR system also known as VACIS. VACIS allows paramedics to record patient information electronically.More information on VACIS can be found here.