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Medical Technician QL3 Training Dates

IronSpike

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Hi, Does anyone know when the next ql3 med tech course starts up? and how often they usually run a course?

Thanks
 

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2-3 English. 1-2 French per year. And they are bout 8 months long in total, and only 2 can be in house at a time.
 

Eye In The Sky

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Looking at the Anglo course start dates for FY 12/13 on the Borden CF H Svcs TC site (subject to change of course):

13 Aug 12

17 Sep 12

21 Jan 13

04 Mar 13
 

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That's a busy school, 4 courses in house at one time and RP said they can only handle 2.
 

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*shrugs*  I dunno, I just took a look at the Crse Calendar.  Those are the Anglo 3s crse's scheduled, there are a few Franco ones in there as well.
 

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Remember that it is a three phase course.

Give or take a little...

2.5 months at Borden (clinical phase)
5.5 months at JIBC in BC for Anglo candidates (primary care paramedic phase)
1 month back at Borden (field phase)

So it looks like there are lots of courses at the school at the same time, but it might not be the case due to the 5.5 month pause.

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PuckChaser said:
That's a busy school, 4 courses in house at one time and RP said they can only handle 2.
It is a very busy school, and only have two classroom areas for the Med Tech QL 3 course.

So stay in your lane, please.
 

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MedCorps said:
Remember that it is a three phase course.

Give or take a little...

2.5 months at Borden (clinical phase)
5.5 months at JIBC in BC for Anglo candidates (primary care paramedic phase)
1 month back at Borden (field phase)

So it looks like there are lots of courses at the school at the same time, but it might not be the case due to the 5.5 month pause.


Do you have any idea on how it breaks down for applicants who already have their PCP qualification? Do they just jump in on the course that's going through their 1 month field phase and graduate with that course? Or is it just a 5.5 month vacation haha (wishful thinking)

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I think you put your question in my quote above.

In an ideal world you would do the clinical phase with one course, then when that course takes off to do PCP phase in BC you would go directly to another course that is just coming back from PCP phase in BC and do the field phase with them.

It does not always work out quite as well as that and you might get stuck in PAT  (person awaiting training) cycle between your clinical phase and the next field phase. During this time you will have Training Centre duties (work as "patients" for another clinical course, work in stores or the QM, work in the canteen, work in the library, work in the kit shop, work doing memorabilia maintenance, work helping with IT, and/or going to the field as general duties staff for other courses), personal training (PT and guided studying) and if you are lucky get military driver training.  It is also possible if the gap is going to be extensive that you will get loaned out to a Canadian Forces Health Services Centre to get some real clinical experience.

No vacation between phases.  Even if you are already qualified PCP.  My recommendation if you get "stuck in the suck" make the most of it, stay motivated and physically fit, do not become an administrative burden, and pick up as much experience as you can before your field phase and first posting.

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Thanks! This has been great info by all. I just hope that I get to start soon. Currently merit listed, but hopefully I get sent to BMQ in Sept. which as I see it will put me inline for the Jan. 3's course. But until then I'll just sit, wait, and speculate...oh and do lots of PT.  :p
 

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Don't count on getting on the course in Jan.  You still have SQ ( soldier qualification ). I believe they still do this.  Only once both BMQ and SQ are completed then course loaded could be up to a year after basic.  There are many others sitting in PAT platoon waiting to be course loaded before you.
 

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Yep... SQ is a requirement pre QL3 Medic, so factor that in you time schedule. 

In fact, it is best not to have a time schedule, but rather just put your life on autopilot, give your soul to the man, and allow yourself you be sucked into one side of the training pipeline (Basic) and eventually be spit out of the the other (end of QL3 field phase).  While on autopilot you will not have a preconceived time line to reach your first unit and thus no disappointment will occur while in the training pipeline if you end up in the PAT cycle (or are sent back to re-do a phase of training, or get hurt, or....)

The good news is that the PAT list is smaller then it used to be I am told.  (at one point it was close to a year wait).

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For people who may be interested with new course dates (subjects to sudden changes and cancellation)

Ql3 Med Tech

ANGLO 04 March 13

FRANCO 26 August 13

ANGLO 16 Sept 13

ANGLO 09 JAN 14

hope it helps!  :salute:


Cheers

 

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There are currently two courses running with a third started in March.... The next one after that isn't until september when they will have a french and an english course running
 

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Thanks for the information. If posted to CFB Borden next week, what are the chances of being put on this upcoming QL3? Pretty good or is there a back log of med techs awaiting training?

 

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Ella said:
Thanks for the information. If posted to CFB Borden next week, what are the chances of being put on this upcoming QL3? Pretty good or is there a back log of med techs awaiting training?

Depends on the dates of the upcoming QL 3.  If it is in the next couple of weeks, it would likely not be happening, as the Course Loading will already have been done, and you would already have a Course Loading Message in your hand.  If it is in a month or so, there could be a possibility that you would be loaded.  In both cases, it will all depend on how many candidates are in the stream for courses.
 

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We had an OJT student at our clinic this summer, who had completed basic in April 2013 and has since done his SQ, and he was told there are a minimum of 90 medics ahead of him waiting for QL3 course loading. This is of course an ever changing number as people get sick or injured or have personal stuff happening in their lives which may change their QL3 (think court dates, family issues, etc.)
But if you figure 25-30 per course and there are usually about 4 QL3 courses per year, then you may be looking at a one year wait depending on where you fall in the training schedule.

4 years ago, when I got to Borden, there was a minimum 9 month wait at PRETC. So not too much has changed in the last 4 years, other than the demise of PRETC.
Hopefully time goes quickly for you!
 

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There is a backlog of Med Tech candidates waiting for QL3. 

There are a number of people working with coming up with a training solution to put through more courses per year to get the backlog back to down to a more reasonable number.

MC
 
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