Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions regarding licensing, schooling, obtaining class 4 license etc. If you have a question about anything. Feel free to leave me a message here (click reply below) and I will reply either on this thread or email you back.
Below are some questions others have asked, which you may find useful (last updated May 18, 2011):
Q: I did have a few q’s about licensing though; I’ve sent it all my forms and payment and it’s been received, I’ve also sent in the booking forms. How long did it take you to get a reply? I knew it would be a long process from EMR cert. to getting hired by BCAS but man… it’s starting to get frustrating waiting! I want to get some actual hands on experience, I think you understand where I’m coming from here haha. Many thanks for the help! Greatly appreciated.
A: About the licensing, it shouldn’t take too long to hear a reply via email. Although I can’t remember now exactly how long it took for me to get a reply. I just knew that the jurisprudence exam took quite a while, and I had to call in and bug them, saying I’m having my interview soon and I’m told there’s a position waiting for me and that I need to get that done. After some bugging, they sent me the link the next day. Don’t be afraid to give them a call to follow up with things. Also don’t let the frustration get to you, because there are a ton more hoops to jump through…in fact, after you get hired, there are still more hoops. Good luck!
Q: I was just wondering how you applied for licensing. I find it very confusing and the lack of information is not helping. I filled out the application and I guess I just send it in… somewhere? Any help would be pretty cool.P.S. I like your blog tons of cool stories.
A: Yes the whole EMALB’s website isn’t the easiest to navigate through.What you need to do is first pay the fees required for licensing. You also need to take a photo of yourself (for the ID once you pass) the requirements is waist up according to the website. Then you send in your application form along with the money and photo to the EMA Licensing Board in Victoria: EMA Licensing| Ministry of Health Services | Ph: 250 952-1199; Fx: 250 952-1222 | PO Box 9625 Stn Prov Govt. Victoria BC V8W 3C8|
Once you do that, then you will get a confirmation email sent to you from the licensing board providing instructions on how to book the written, practical, and jurisprudence exam. All of which are booked online.Note that the jurisprudence exam takes time even after you’ve submitted the application form. It took me about 2 weeks before I got the link and password to write it. The written exam takes the longest to process (about 3 weeks).You can also contact them via email:
EMALB@victoria1.gov.bc.ca Let me know if you need anymore help.
Note (May 18, 2011): Update on EMA licensing email, as of Aug 30/11 the email listed above will be modified. The following emails would enable you to contact EMA licensing: For Examinations and Initial Licensure: email@example.com
For Maintenance of Licensure/Continuing Competence: firstname.lastname@example.org
For General Inquiries: email@example.com
Q: For the JIBC PCP application… where did you take your physical CPAFLA testing? I am back and forth from the islands to the Lower Mainland quite often so info on the mainland would be useful!
A: There are many places where you can do your CPAFLA testing…I believe on the CSEP website you can find a link to all the people who are registered to do the testing for you. The price range varies per company. For example, Maple Ridge charges $75, UBC is cheap too charging $80, while Peak Center for Human Performance charges $120 + Tax. So basically, you’ll have to do some price comparing yourself. Anyways check this link out and find whoever is the closest to you: http://www.csephealthfitnessbc.ca/member_directory_revised4.php?name=&city=¶medic=yes&certification=&specialty=