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Re: high school requirements for med tech?
« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2006, 16:35:04 »
Thanks for the replies everyone!  When I dropped off my application last week I asked the recruiter about this and I was told I would be ok since my university degree was in a similar field.

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Re: high school requirements for med tech?
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2006, 12:11:53 »
You'll do fine Chris. In the Reserves, Med. A. was a blast. I'm sure it's even better in the Reg. F.

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Can Med Tech Qualifications be used for Civilian jobs?
« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2006, 16:34:59 »
I am an infantry reservist who has applied to reg force as a Med Tech.  My thinking is that the military training for medic will give me equal if not superior qualifications than a civilian college Paramedic course.  But the question that still haunts me is with Military Medical Technician Qualifications do I have a chance of getting a civilian Paramedic job? 

P.S. - Its not to late for me to cancel my application or to apply for college for next september

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Re: Can Med Tech Qualifications be used for Civilian jobs?
« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2006, 13:36:57 »
From what i understand you will be taking the Paramedic Course out of the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  This is where I was going to take my EMR and PCP.  It is a certified class. So unless i am totaly wrong once you have your EMR or PCP you care certifed though-out Canada and not just as member of the CF. I would still go to the local recutment center and ask a Med Tech there.
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Re: Can Med Tech Qualifications be used for Civilian jobs?
« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2006, 14:33:11 »
When you're done your training, whichever province you are posted to have certain things you have to do to get their provincial certification/licensure.  Some bases already have it set up for you to get your local licence/certification, others don't due to legal ramblings.  If that's the case, you apply on your own through the service provider and jump through their hoops.  As it stands, all provinces vary in how the challenges are done - check witht eh Ministry when you get to wherever you finally land.

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Re: Can Med Tech Qualifications be used for Civilian jobs?
« Reply #30 on: November 26, 2006, 15:25:56 »
Thanks for the clarification.

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Looking at joining
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2007, 20:24:15 »
Hi all, as U can tell by my user name my intent is to beocme a Med Tech with DND. from what Ive seen on this site there is LOTS of info, almost too much, information overload if you will.

Like everyone else I'll have to go the Basic Training- Lots of neat posts there some telling me to FRAEK others saying just pay ATTN-I think I'll stick to that one.

Anyway the reason why Im posting this is becasue there is sooo much info on this site can anyone point me into the right direction for my searches?

I'd like as much info as I can get not just for BMQ but for Med  Tech. To give everyone some additional insight Im currently a PCP in Ontario been one for over 2 years but things aren't going the way I had planned.
Anyone with any extra info to help me out would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Looking at joining
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2007, 20:29:47 »
You can probably find what you want on the Med stuff here.
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/board,45.0.html
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Re: Looking at joining
« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2007, 20:31:05 »
You can give the recruiting Wiki a browse:

http://air-force.ca/wiki/index.php/Recruiting

My best advice I can give you is not to stress it too much. The recruiters will be able to give you all the specific answers you're looking for and many people have been down the same path before so it's not something unobtainable or out of reach. Not everyone had the internet to give them all the details of their transition from civilian to military life after all :D Just work hard, stay focused and don't give up and everything will come along swimmingly, I'm sure.

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Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2007, 19:17:34 »
Hello all,

  I have been around this site for about a year. I have learned a tremendous amount from reading posts and doing searches. I am currently in the application process for Med-Tech and direct entry SAR-TECH.

  I am very curious to know of any experiences from civilian qualified Paramedics, PCP or ACP who have gone through the prior learning assessment for REG-Force Med-Tech.

  Specifically,

  What rank or level were you granted after BMQ?

  What is the actual take home pay of a Private 3, and of a new Corporal
 Med-Tech? (trying to do some budgeting... :))

  What were your experiences like after BMQ in trade?

  I have personally been an ACP in a high volume EMS system for 7 years. Going through the PLAR now.

  Thanks.

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #35 on: November 23, 2007, 08:30:02 »
To answer your question, you will be a private level 2 with you background.  I am currently at the medical school, I was not a direct paramedic entry like yourself as I was a remuster from the infantry but I know many people that were in your spot.  You will not get Cpl, sorry to break it to you bud.
You might even have to do the PCP phase here, they are currently making new recruits who have PCP and ACP go to JIBC to redo their course
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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #36 on: November 23, 2007, 14:08:19 »
Thanks.

That's not what I'm hearing from the Recruiter at all. I have been told everything from acting Cpl. with a $40.000 signing bonus to Private 3, but not exactly what you said. I was initially contacted during a recruiting display at a Paramedic conference and told the above. Apparently the bonus was to attract trained and experienced Civillian Paramedics to the CF and to help with the wage transition. Currently
ACP's in southern Ontario are making $80.000 +. Things changed a bit once I got into a CFRC.

Hey, for me it's not the money. I certainly don't expect a signing bonus. It's simply something I really really want to do. I just don't want to be put through another civilian PCP course. I will jump through any hoops the CF wants me too, but I will have trouble taking a fraction of salary to do another year or two of college the exact same as what I already have done and teach at a similar Community College.

This doesn't happen with some other semiskilled trades in the CF where an applicant has already completed a similar civilian diploma. Why PCP?

My interview is on Monday and I will have a lot of questions.

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #37 on: November 23, 2007, 14:28:37 »
Sorry, to further disappoint you, but I serious doubt the validity of "direct entry" to SAR Tech. You will be able to apply only after you have completed your QL5 course, which will be at a minimum of 2 years after joining. Furthermore, you will have to go through the application process, interviews, physical test, etc..., just like everyone else applying. You may want to confirm with your recruiter to make sure you are getting all the correct information. Best of luck, we're also looking for good medics!

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2007, 14:42:46 »
i]This doesn't happen with some other semiskilled trades in the CF where an applicant has already completed a similar civilian diploma. [/i]

Semi-skilled means that an applicant meets some of the initial course requirements for the trade not all of them and there may be a requirement for that applicant, once they are enrolled, to take further training to meet the initial course requirements of the trade.  PCP does not equal qualified and ready to go Med Tech in the CF.

$40.000 signing bonus

Find that hard to believe since there has never been a problem recruiting Med Techs and I can't find anything on the website.

but I will have trouble taking a fraction of salary to do another year or two of college

No one has said anything about year(s) of additional training.  Can't remember the exact length of training at JIBC but believe it is around 30-45 days long.

My interview is on Monday and I will have a lot of questions.

Also ask the Med Tech or PA during the medical.  Good Luck.

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2007, 15:00:30 »
Southern Boy, there was a recent trial of direct entry SAR for civi Paramedics...I don't know how it's going (I suspect the first class are still in tng) but I do know offers were made to several BCAS BLS and ALS paramedics.  I don't know of any who accepted the offer (the pay cut and posting options were the big reasons for at least people I know) from BC.

The DND PCP at JIBC is still about 13 weeks long, it is a certificate program versus the Ontario Diploma program, it meets CMA and NOCP requirements.  I agree it's absolutely asinine to expect working EMS members to go back and do it again...if they've got the qualifications there is no reason for DND to pay for the same qualification again.
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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2007, 15:05:06 »
Thanks for the update Para Med Tech.  Noted.

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2007, 15:37:11 »
I really appreciate all this advice...Thanks!!

I do want to join the CF for many reasons one of them being further education and training that I just wont get on Civvy street. So I guess the more courses the better.

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« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2008, 20:37:14 »
     I applied to the Canadain Forces as a Med Tech quite a few months ago through their Semi Skilled entry plan,as i'm already a PCP with a number of years of experience and am still waiting for my PLAR(prior learning assessment review)to be approved.The DND site states that the CF will only take PCP's from the following provences:SK,NS,ON and BC,they will also take EMT-P's from AB and P1's from PEI.I took my PCP in one of the first four provinces listed,but still haven't heard back from them with a start date.My hiring process went very smoothly and i even scored Commisioned scores on my CFAT and start to wonder how long i can wait on this.When i applied for Med Tech,to top it off,it was on the urgent list and yet i still wait.

     Does anyone know how many Med Techs they are taking in 2008?Is there still goin to be a job for me by the time they get this PLAR done?I notice Med Tech is no longer on the Urgent list and grow concerned as time goes on.I would also like to know if you still need to reach SGT to take your PA because i had heard it was moving to entry as a Master Corporal.

     Any feedback is appreciated.

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Re: Canadian Force Med Techs
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2008, 22:02:38 »
I would also like to know if you still need to reach SGT to take your PA because i had heard it was moving to entry as a Master Corporal.


The answer as of today is yes, you need to be a Sgt, 2 years in rank to be nominated for the PA course. Even if you come in as a MCpl, you will still need to  complete your QL5/QL 6 and PLQ courses before being eligible for promotion to WO which happens at the end of course.
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Re: Canadian Force Med Techs
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2008, 23:18:49 »
     Thanks for your quick response.I won't be coming in as Master Corporal on enrollment,but was told i would most likely recieve my Corporal rank on completion of BMQ.I did speak with a PA who told me that when he took it,you did have to be a SGT,but had heard that it was being changed to Master Corporals being able to take it due to shortages;he said he wasn't sure on this but had heard that.Thanks for the clarification.

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2008, 22:56:05 »
Southern Boy, there was a recent trial of direct entry SAR for civi Paramedics...I don't know how it's going (I suspect the first class are still in tng) but I do know offers were made to several BCAS BLS and ALS paramedics.  I don't know of any who accepted the offer (the pay cut and posting options were the big reasons for at least people I know) from BC.

As a new PCP graduate, and the decrease in jobs throughout Ontario this thread intriques me. Is there any further information on the direct entry recruitment into SAR out there/ how the recent trial went? As an ex reservist and new PCP medic in ontario, this looks like a possible career option I'd like to pursue. Guess I'll get on the horn with the recruiter tomorrow, but any other information would help.

P.S. That $40,000 signing bonus would help with student loans  ;)

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2008, 23:00:19 »
As a new PCP graduate, and the decrease in jobs throughout Ontario this thread intriques me. Is there any further information on the direct entry recruitment into SAR out there/ how the recent trial went? As an ex reservist and new PCP medic in ontario, this looks like a possible career option I'd like to pursue. Guess I'll get on the horn with the recruiter tomorrow, but any other information would help.

P.S. That $40,000 signing bonus would help with student loans  ;)

Thanks,
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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2008, 23:12:52 »
Just want to throw in my two cents:

For those of you who work or want to work civy-side paramedic, being in the military as a Med tech is not at all the same. Med Techs do and are expected to know so much more.

Paramedic level algorithm based medicine is one of the basics to being a military Med Tech.

If you want more info, go read the medical threats.
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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2008, 09:46:18 »
If you want more info, go read the medical threats.

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Re: Civillian Paramedic into Med-Tech. PLAR
« Reply #49 on: March 18, 2008, 10:00:46 »
I have to agree with St. Michaels Medical Team. After being a Paramedic for 10 years. ACP for 8, Educator, ER medic etc....general keener.... ;D I must say that civillian EMS is just that. Algorithm based care. Very very true in many ways.

The attractive thing about being a Med-Tech to me anyway is that is is different and provides an opportunity to do so much more.

As well it allows me to fulfill a personal goal of joining the CF for so many reasons.

In saying that Im still waiting for my PLAR to through. Hoping to get something for my experience though and assist with the wage transition from 87K to ?? It's a personal choice to do something to better myself and to serve. Money isnt everything and honestly I have researched this to death and I truly think if your keen enough and work hard enough that the Med-Tech option offers so much more long term career options and opportunities for advancement than your going to get working EMS in Ontario.

As far as SAR-TECH goes I think youll find they want your BMQ to start for that in the fall.

Call the CFRC.