Registration FAQs

Joining the Register

Practice

Intern Registration

Re-registration

General

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Joining the Register

What academic qualifications are required to join the PHECC Register?
In order to be eligible to join the PHECC Register you must first hold an NQEMT (National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology) at EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic level (for Intern registration, please see separate section).  

Are there any other criteria that must be met in order to join the Register?
Part of the application process to join the PHECC Register is that you sign the Declaration and Commitment (Blank Declaration and Commitment), there are a number of stipulations on this declaration which you must meet.  An overview of the commitment required is detailed here - Declaration and undertakings.

How much is Registration?

The Annual Registration Fee is €10, regardless of the point in the registration year you initially join.

How long does it take to get your Licence to Practice?
Your licence to practice will be issued (assuming all criteria is met) within 28 days of receipt of completed application form and fee.

When does my licence expire?
The expiry date of your licence is printed on both your licence card and your Registration Certificate.  12 weeks before your licence is due to expire online re-registration will be available.  Full details of re-registration dates and procedures are available here - Registration renewal.
Can I register/pay for more than one year at a time?
No, licences are issued on an annual basis for one year only (or part thereof) in line with the re-registration calendar which is available here - Registration renewal.

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Practice

How does the Triple Lock (Privileging) work?
Three things must be in place to help ensure the Patient receives the best level of care possible: 
  1. The practitioner must be licenced to practice (EMT, Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic).
  2. The practitioner must be operating under the auspice of a CPG Licenced Provider.
  3. The CPG Licenced Provider must privilege the practitioner to practice on their behalf. 


The CPG Licenced Provider I work/volunteer for has privileged me at a lower level than my licence, is this normal?

A CPG Licenced Provider may, at their discretion, limit the scope of practice of their employees/volunteers based on the organisations’ policies and procedures and the level of care they are licenced to provide, (e.g. an organisation Licenced at EMT level cannot privilege an Advanced Paramedic to practice at Advanced Paramedic level for that organisation).  

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Intern Registration

I am a trainee Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic, at what point am I entitled to apply for UNDERGRAD Intern registration?
As soon as your first block of PHECC exams are successfully completed and the Recognised Institution have informed PHECC that your intern practice will be supervised by the Institution, any complete application for an Undergrad Intern licence can be processed.

I am a trainee Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic, at what point am I entitled to apply for POSTGRAD Intern registration?
As soon as your second block of PHECC exams are successfully completed and the Recognised Institution have informed PHECC that your intern practice will be supervised by the Institution, any complete application for an Postgrad Intern licence can be processed.

As an Intern Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic, can I practice with any organisation at this level?
No, as an Intern your practice at Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic Intern level must be supervised as you are not yet fully qualified and are still in training.  Only the Recognised Institution providing your course may deploy you at Intern level.  

I’m a Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic Intern and I also practice with a voluntary/private Approved CPG Licenced organisation, what is my registered status outside the supervision of my internship?
In this situation, your scope of practice and registered status would equal the Division below the one you are currently training for, e.g. Advanced Paramedic interns scope of practice would be limited to Paramedic Practitioner, a Paramedic Intern would revert to EMT Practitioner status.  It is the responsibility of the registrant to ensure they are familiar with how this effects their scope of practice and act within that scope.  The individual must also be Privileged to practice by an organisation, only organisations with direct ties to a Recognised Institution as a training site may privilege a registrant to practice at intern level (under supervision). 

I’m a Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic Postgrad Intern for 6 months, I’ve finished my case studies, etc. can I have my Practitioner licence?
No, the Postgrad Internship is for 1 year and the time/experiential aspect is a requirement.  You must complete all elements of the Postgrad year and the Recognised Institution must inform PHECC that all elements have been completed successfully before your application (Change of Status form and Fee) can be processed.

I’m a Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic Intern, but I cannot continue my training, what are my options in relation to registration?
Assuming that you are able to meet all the requirements of Registration, you may be entitled to register in the Division below your intern licence, e.g. Paramedic interns may be eligible to join the Register in the EMT Division at Practitioner level, Advanced Paramedic interns would revert to Paramedic Division at Practitioner level. The onus is on the registrant to submit a Change of Status form and fee to the Registrar for consideration.

As a Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic Intern am I required to re-register online each year?
No, only Practitioners are required to re-register in this manner.  Changes to any intern licence (extensions, upgrades, etc.) can only be facilitated if requested via the Recognised Institution supervising the training.  Only when your Practitioner licence is issued at the end of your training will you fall into the annual re-registration loop.

What are the fees for applying for Paramedic/Advanced Paramedic Intern licences?
The fee for this is €10, in some instances this fee may be covered by the Recognised Institution, which is a matter for you and the institution, however, no applications will be processed without receipt of the appropriate form and fee (regardless of who pays the fee).  

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Re-registration

I didn’t receive an email notification to re-register, does that mean I don’t have to?
No.  The notification emails we send are a reminder only.  Each Division of the Register at Practitioner level has a particular expiry date, this is printed on your licence and your registration documentation.   We will send an email notification to the email address you provided but cannot guarantee delivery of this email.  The onus is on each Registrant to ensure they are correctly licenced, the dates for renewal are the same each year and are detailed here - Registration renewal.

The Registration system says I’m paid up until next year, does this mean I don’t have to re-register?
You MUST re-register each year at Practitioner level, payment may have been received, but the application must be submitted in order for this to be processed.

I’m due for re-registration, but I’m not sure if I have to pay a fee, how do I know?
When you log in to complete the online re-registration process, the Paid Through or Paid Until date will detail when your current credit expires or runs out (date licence issued against that payment expires).  If you are due to make a payment, you will be prompted to do so during the re-registration process.

I have completed the online re-registration application, but I opted to pay by PayPal, Cheque, Postal Order or Bank Draft, when I submitted the application nothing came up about PayPal?
If you choose this option, you must submit the online application and then, separately, make the payment, whether by post for a cheque, postal order or bank draft or via the PayPal system on the Online Shopping link on our home page.  Until this payment is received, your application is deemed as incomplete.  Late Fees will be applied on the closing date for any incomplete applications.

What do I do if I can’t log in or forget my username and/or password?
The default settings for both username and password are detailed on the login screen (just under the login boxes).  Please read this carefully and try again.  If you have changed your credentials (which you may do at any time via your Profile), you may need to contact the Registration Officer to have the account reset to the default.

I’ve locked my account due to too many failed logins, how can I fix this?
You must contact PHECC in order to have your account unlocked.  The usual procedure for this is that PHECC will reset the account to the defaults as per the instructions on screen.  Once logged in, the Registrant may update or change these details via their Profile.

How do I access my PHECC profile?
Once logged into the PHECC website, your name will be displayed on the top left of the screen, by clicking on your name you can gain access to your profile.  From here you can update/change your contact details, check qualification numbers and dates, print receipts for Registration Payments, change your password, etc.

My licence expired, while I’m rectifying this can I practice?
If your licence to practice is not current (in date, not expired) you are not licenced to practice or administer medications at EMT, Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic level.  Unless you hold a current licence to practice and are practicing with a Licenced CPG Service Provider who have Privileged you to practice at EMT, Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic level (appropriate to your licence or below) your scope of practice is limited to EFR. 

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General

How do I go about getting a receipt for any Registration payments I have made?
Receipts can be viewed/printed from within your Profile on the PHECC website.  Once logged in, click your name on the top left of the screen.  By clicking the Receipts tab you can gain access to any recent payments made regarding Registration.  An option to print the receipts is also available.

I’m on the PHECC Register, I have a current licence and I have been asked to provide care at local/school events, can I do this?
Three things must be in place in order for a Registrant to be able to operate at EMT, Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic level:
  • You must hold a current licence to practice
  • The organisation you are practicing with/for are a Licenced CPG Service Provider
  • The organisation has Privileged you to practice at your licenced level or below
Full details are available here - Terminology_Change.
Outside of this, your scope of practice is limited to EFR.

As a Registrant, I encounter an accident/person in difficulty while off duty, what help can I give?
If you come across an accident or a person in difficulty outside your normal duty, you may render what assistance you can and using your skills and knowledge in a safe manner.  The use of skills and medications restricted to Registered Practitioners would be covered under the ‘Good Samaritan’ Act.  This Act assumes that you had no intention to practice during this time and that you acted as a Good Samaritan, assisting until the Emergency Services arrive on scene and you can hand over.  The full Act can be accessed here - Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 - (Good Samaritans).

I’m a Registered Advanced Paramedic Practitioner, but an organisation I practice with has only Privileged me to practice at EMT level while practicing with them, can they do this to me?
Each Approved CPG Licenced Organisation is approved to a specific level and can only deploy registrants at that level or lower, e.g. an organisation may have EMT CPG approval, which will mean that they can only deploy at EMT level.  Being privileged at EMT level as an Advanced Paramedic or Paramedic is not a reflection on the practitioner but rather that the organisation is not licenced to provide care at that level.

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