How to apply for recognition of qualifications obtained outside Ireland?

Note there are 3 divisions on the PHECC register: EMT, paramedic and advanced paramedic. To learn more about the different scopes of practice you should view the clinical practice guidelines 

  • Review Council policy and relevant Education and Training Standards  - EMT, paramedic or advanced paramedic  
  • Read the application form and guidelines for the assessment of qualifications and information bulletin.
  • Complete Form A (testimony of training and education) and forward to your training institute for verification.
  • Forward Form Form B to your professional employer for completion.
  • Obtain and submit the certified copies of evidence outlined in the application form and guidelines.
  • Complete and sign the application form.
  • Review the checklist and ensure your application is completed correctly.
  • Pay the fee via Electronic Payment System or by euro cheque, bank draft or postal order drawn on an Irish bank or post office. Cash will not be accepted.
  • Forward your application electronically in one attachment to
Please note that the process usually takes 3 months. This period may be extended due to the volume of applications. Do not send original documents - only certified copies will be accepted. PHECC will not be held liable for loss or damage to original documents. Incomplete applications, missing documents or omitted fees will result in your application being returned.
If you have any further queries regarding recognition of overseas qualifications please contact us at


Qualifications obtained in Ireland 

If you are seeking recognition of pre-hospital emergency care training in Ireland from institutions other than PHECC Recognised Institutions (RI) or prior to PHECC’s establishment you must apply directly to a RI for recognition of prior learning (RPL) and NQEMT assessment. The level of RPL available will be in accordance with the RI own policy and procedures.
There is no need to apply or pay fees to PHECC. 

Full details are set out in Council policy (POL004 V2).


Applicants can appeal a decision made following the recognition of professional qualifications obtained outside Ireland.

 Full details are set out in Council's Appeals policy