As you would imagine, a large number of the people we employ are front line clinical staff. These A&E crews respond to a huge variety of incidents, in a wide variety of situations.

To become a Paramedic you must first apply to join the Service as an Ambulance Technician. If successful you will undertake our bespoke vocational qualification, which will enable you to practice as a Technician and to work alongside qualified Paramedics.

The training takes anything from 16 months to 2 years and is delivered through a mixture of classroom and on the job learning.

Download an applicant pack with all the information you will need on becoming an Ambulance Technician

Minimum Entry Criteria

All candidates will be required to satisfy the following recruitment and entry requirements:

  • Minimum SCQF Level 4 in a Mathematic and English language qualification. Typically this is National 4 or Standard Grade Level 4 or above.Download a detailed guide of the qualifications we accept and their equivalents.
  • Full driving licence with no more than three penalty points
  • Occupational Fitness Test
  • Occupational Health Screening
  • Satisfactory application to the PVG (Disclosure)
  • Reference process

Whilst not an essential criterion, previous experience in a caring environment would be an advantage, but equally, volunteer work or working with your community would be beneficial.

Unlike many training schemes, you will be employed from day one and will have a permanent role with the Service with all the benefits that brings. Once qualified you can then choose to either remain as a Technician or to go on to apply to become a fully qualified Paramedic.

Further Information

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