Most people start out as volunteers working alongside ambulance officers in the field. As a volunteer, you’ll go through the same training as ambulance officers.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer you will need to have a good driving record and be able to pass a police check.
Volunteer ambulance officers are also required to commit to a number of shifts in a given time frame.
Many people who become full-time ambulance officers already have the skills and experience required to take on the role, usually these have been gained by working in another ambulance service or by volunteering.
When you’re applying to be a full-time ambulance officer, the criteria you’ll need to meet includes:
Volunteer and full-time ambulance officers can achieve First Responder (Level 3) and Ambulance Practice (Level 5) qualifications while working with St John or Wellington Free Ambulance.
Paramedic degree level qualifications are also available through a number of training providers.
Ambulance New Zealand works with the sector to ensure New Zealand has safe, reliable and efficient ambulance services. They help to ensure that industry standards are developed and maintained.
In New Zealand health professions can be regulated under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act 2003 if the government thinks a particular profession has the potential to pose a risk of harm to the health and safety of the New Zealand public. It’s possible ambulance officers and New Zealand Defence Force medics could fit into this category.
For further information about Ambulance New Zealand, industry standards, or registration visit www.ambulancenz.co.nz.