Training to become an Ambulance Technician

Our Ambulance Technicians undertake an educational diploma programme delivered by the service which leads to a Regulated Qualification at Vocational Level 4

The programme is delivered over a minimum 16 month period during which you will spend your first six weeks at one of our regional clinical education centres undertaking classroom based training in areas such as patient assessment, clinical skills, working as part of the multidisciplinary team and patient centred care. There will be a wide range of approaches to developing your knowledge and skills to ensure that you are able to achieve the learning outcomes for the programme.

After completing this six week block you will progress on  to a four week Emergency Response Driving course which you will need to successfully pass.

After this initial 10 week period you will be assigned to an ambulance station to undertake practice placement as a student ambulance technician. This is where the skills you have developed through simulation will be honed in clinical practice. You will be allocated mentors to help provide support, guidance and feedback on your progress. You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence against all of the learning outcomes for the award, this will include observed clinical practice, professional discussions, reflective practice and written work.

There is a second block of classroom development at the end of your first year with the service.  This is where you will complete the final units of the award to enable you to qualify as a qualified ambulance technician.