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Job Description:

Administers first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in pre-hospital setting.

Career Pathway:

For relevant information on becoming a Paramedic visit the website for Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) ( PHECC is an independent statutory body that sets the standards for education and training for pre hospital care in Ireland. The council publish clinical practice guidelines and recognise institutions to provide pre hospital emergency care training and education. On their website they list the different skills, courses and a list of recognised institutions and courses.

Ambulance personnel are qualified in accordance with the approved Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council standards (PHECC) – the Irish Emergency Medical Service (EMS) regulator.

PHECC maintain a statutory register of pre-hospital emergency care practitioners. To be eligible to join the register you must hold the National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology (NQEMT) as awarded by PHECC. There are three divisions on the PHECC register: EMT, Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic. Each level has specific qualification requirements and continuous professional development requirements.


The paramedic programme for HSE Paramedic students consists of an eight month training period, leading to the completion of the National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology exams, at paramedic level. Following successful completion of these exams candidates enter a one year operational internship, at a location assigned by the Ambulance Service. Successful completion of the internship requires in the field assessments and completion of project work and specific training modules.

There is also an on-going focus on maintaining clinical skills and in line with this the Ambulance Service has a dedicated full time School that provides appropriate training and education programmes.

Continuous professional development (CPD) is a process through which registered practitioners are required to perform a given number of interventions and attend a given number of seminars in order to maintain their position on the register. Each level has a distinct requirement of CPD points.

Tips for applications

Successful applicants tend to be more mature than school leavers. It is possible to undergo training in First Aid and EMT procedures at a private college or recognised training centre beforehand, which may put candidates at an advantage during the recruitment process. Experience in a relevant field such as first aid or social care is an advantage. Join related voluntary organisations such as the Order of Malta or Red Cross. First aid certificates as evidence of your interest can be useful.

Visit your local National Ambulance Service base and talk with Lead EMT officers regarding current and future developments of the ambulance service to gain as much understanding as possible regarding the roles.

Further Information:

Professional bodies

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)

Abbeymoat House, Abbey Street, Naas, Co. Kildare Phone:(045) 882 070


National Ambulance Service College, Dublin        Phone – 01 6161900

Dublin City Ambulance Service Dublin Fire Brigade Headquarters, 165-169 Townsend Street, Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 673 4000 Email: