Council Policy on NQEMT examinations

Patient safety and quality are at the heart of the delivery of healthcare. For every patient, carer, family member and health professional, safety is pivotal to diagnosis, treatment and care.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s there was no educational requirement to work in the ambulance service. All that was required was a grade D driving licence which indicated that the person could drive a heavy goods vehicle. Today education in pre-hospital emergency care is available across many levels – from responder right through to advanced paramedic level.

One of the functions of PHECC is to conduct examinations and award certificates at practitioner and responder level. The revised examination policy at practitioner level for national qualification in emergency medical technology (NQEMT) was approved by Council in March. The principal differences you will see between this new policy and the previous one are a) a more comprehensive policy laid out in an easier to read format, b) revision to circumstances in which an exam appeal can be made and c) additional viewing and recheck guidelines.  For details of the policy please click here

How can I apply for an NQEMT exam?

Applicants for the NQEMT examinations must complete the relevant practitioner level course at a recognised institution during which they apply to PHECC to sit the EMT or Paramedic examination and to NASC/UCD to sit the advanced paramedic examination, since the devolvement of the advanced paramedic NQEMT examination in 2012.
The NQEMT examination consists of theory and practical components. It assesses knowledge, behaviour and skills based on the current education and training standards and clinical practice guidelines.

For details of the paramedic education and training standard please click here

For details of the EMT education and training standard please click here

The test item writing group (TIW) author examinations questions which are approved by the examination quality group. For further details click here

Viewing and rechecks of examination scripts at EMT and paramedic level examinations

Unsuccessful candidates can view their scripts for educational purposes. Students should read the viewing and recheck rules before they initiate the process.  Further details are contained in the Council policy for NQEMT examinations.

The NQEMT examination appeals will only be considered in the event of:
  • Examination procedures not suitably employed during the conduct of the exam
  • Extenuating circumstances, supported by documentary evidence affected the candidate at the time of the exam

Further details are contained in Council policy and procedures for appeals.