The County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) Department is a team of dedicated, qualified and motivated staff, devoted to providing the highest quality of care in a pre-hospital environment. The County typically engages in a Paramedic Recruitment Process at least once each calendar year.
For more information on our recruitment process such as how to apply, what are the steps of the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, and what documentation is required, please go to the main Careers Page of the County of Simcoe website where updated information will be provided once a job posting becomes available.
How do I become a paramedic?
To begin your education towards becoming a paramedic, you must graduate from high school with 30 general level credits, including grade 12 English and Math at general level, grade 11 or 12 Biology at general level, and grade 11 or 12 chemistry at general level. You must also have first aid/ CPR training, a class F driver's license (some leeway may be granted for students not old enough to get a class F upon entry to college), as well as maintain certain immunizations.
You can achieve your Paramedic diploma of a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) level by completing the Paramedic Program at any accredited Ontario College. In the later stages of the Paramedic Program, the students are required to complete a preceptorship, which is where they work along-side a certified paramedic to gain real life experience. The
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services provides preceptorships opportunities to
Paramedic Program College students through a structured preceptorship
program. Preceptorship inquiries should be directed to your College
liaison. Once you have graduated from an accredited Post Secondary Paramedic Program, you must pass a 6 hour provincial standards exam called Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA). Once you have passed your AEMCA and have been offered employment with a Paramedic service, you will be required to pass Base Hospital Certification.
Additional requirements are defined in the Regulation 257/00 of the Ambulance Act
Paramedic 2020 Recruitment
This is an employment posting pre-alert. The County of Simcoe Paramedic Service will be accepting employment applications for part-time positions as Primary Care Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedics. The job postings will be opened in late January 2020. Please review the information below in order to prepare for the recruitment process.
The recruitment process will consist of two streams. Stream one, for those certified by an Ontario Base Hospital and stream two for those that are either AEMCA-Pending or not currently certified by on Ontario Base Hospital. Please review the information below to determine the steps required for each particular stream. Candidates will move along in the recruitment process based on successful completion of each of the phases, with consideration of the number of spots available in each phase.
Stream 1 – Paramedics Currently Certified by an Ontario Base Hospital
1. On the County of Simcoe website, apply for the job posting:
Paramedics currently certified by an Ontario Base Hospital
2. Physical Testing (see details below)
3. Skills Testing
4. Multi-mini Interviews
5. Documentation Collection
6. Base Hospital Orientation
7. Base Hospital Cross Certification
8. Service Orientation
Stream 2 – Paramedics NOT Currently Certified by an Ontario Base Hospital / AEMCA Pending (including ACPs that have not completed ACP certification with an Ontario Base Hospital)
1. On the County of Simcoe website, apply for the job posting:
Paramedics not currently certified by an Ontario Base Hospital / AEMCA pending and ACPs that have not completed an ACP certification with an Ontario Base Hospital
2. Written Exam (see details below)
3. Physical Testing (see details below)
4. Skills Testing
5. Multi-mini Interviews
6. Documentation Collection
7. Base Hospital Orientation
8. Base Hospital OSCE (certification testing)
Applications will be accepted from AEMCA-pending candidates who will have graduated from a Paramedic Program by the end of April 2020 and who will be writing the AEMCA exam during the spring/summer of 2020 offering.
Those candidates in stream 2 (not currently certified by an Ontario Base Hospital) selected to participate in the initial phase of the recruitment process will be required to attend a written exam in February 2020. The exam will consist of multiple choice questions and will focus on the following areas: critical thinking, decision making, medical-legal, pharmacology, pathophysiology, EKGs, provincial symptom relief medical directives and will include written scenarios. Candidates must attain 70% or higher on the written exam to be eligible to attend the next phases of the recruitment process.
The successful completion of a Paramedic Physical Assessment (PPA) will be required as a condition of employment with the County of Simcoe. This testing is conducted by a third party organization on behalf of the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. This is a pass/fail component. You may begin booking PPAs as soon as you have been notified by email of your success in moving onto the next recruitment phase following the written testing (if required). This notification and the information on how and where to book your PPA will come from the County of Simcoe HR Department by email February 11-20, 2020. Physical testing will be open from February 24 - March 13, 2020 and test slots will be done through an online booking system only. There will be a fee of $125.00 plus applicable taxes at the time of booking.
- If you were previously unsuccessful in the PPA, you may only book your PPA three months after your last test date.
- A successful result is valid for six months from the test date and must be current as of March 16, 2020,
During your PPA, you will be asked to perform a variety of movements and tasks including:
- Functional Movement Testing
- Base Strength and Balance Testing
- Grip strength
- Push-ups (age/gender specific)
- Bent arm hang
- Performance Based Testing: Completion of a series of lifts and carries specific to paramedic requirements
- Deficit barbell deadlift of 52kg (115lbs)
- Prowler sled push-pull 68kg (150 lbs) 40 feet
- Farmer lift and carry, 20kg (44lb) in each hand and walk 32 feet navigating around cones
- Suitcase lift and carry, 20kg weight 32ft navigating around cones, done on both right and left sides
- Sand bag lift to height, 20kg bag lifted to 30inch platform, 12kg bag lifted to 48 inch platform
You will have 45 minutes to complete your PPA.
Only those candidates who have a successful PPA and have applied to the correct job posting and have been successful in the written exam (if required) are eligible for consideration to attend the skills and MMI portion of the recruitment.