How do I apply for the COPR Exam?

Primary Care (PCP) and Advanced Care (ACP) applicants must contact the paramedic regulator in the province in which they would like to write the exam. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) applicants can apply via the COPR applicant portal

Where can I write the COPR Exam?

The COPR PCP and ACP Exam is currently offered in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the Country of Qatar. The EMR Exam is offered in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

I realize the COPR exam is utilized by seven provinces and I intend to apply in one of them. The website states there are test locations across Canada. I am going to be in Ontario this summer; can I write the test there?

The Exam is only offered in provinces that have adopted the COPR Exam as their entry to practice examination for the purpose of licensure. As further provinces adopt the COPR exam, more test locations will be added.

I am currently registered to write the COPR exam in Manitoba. I have noticed that COPR has alternative test locations outside Manitoba to take the exam. As I am currently living in Saskatchewan, I would like to write in a closer location if possible.

The decision to allow an out-of-province candidate to write the COPR Exam rests with the provincial regulator.  Candidates would need to ask the regulator in the province they are registered to write the exam as to whether they could write in an alternate province.

I have not completed my education but should be finished in time for the next COPR Exam. Can I apply now to ensure I get a seat to write?

Candidates may apply for the exam before they finish their course of study. Applications are due 7 weeks before the exam date.  The booking window to purchase seats opens 5 weeks prior to the exam and closes 4 weeks prior to the exam. Verification of successful completion of a course of study must be provided to the provincial regulator a minimum of 14 calendar days prior to the exam date or the seat purchase will be cancelled and COPR’s refund policy would apply.

Is there a list of protocols for drugs and call responses for candidates to review in preparation for the exam?

The COPR Exam does not focus on protocols as they vary between provinces. All exam questions link to competencies in the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP). The NOCP has an appendix with drug classifications. The NOCP can be found on the Paramedic Association of Canada website.

I become very nervous when I write exams; can I have more time to write my COPR exam?

Additional time is granted to candidates who provide evidence supporting the need for Testing Accommodation. To request an accommodation for a physical, cognitive or other special need, candidates should complete the Request for Testing Accommodation Application Form. (Note: EMR Candidates can apply for accommodation on the EMR exam application). Requests for testing accommodation are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be supported but the Examination Disability Information Form, when disability is the grounds for the accommodation request. Requests received fewer than 35 business days before the exam date will not be accepted except in unusual circumstances.

I have noticed COPR offers an exam blueprint for its exams – is this link somewhere on this website, or will it be sent out to candidates prior to taking the exam?

The high-level blueprint is available on the COPR website. Here is the direct link.

Is there a preferred textbook from which to study?

The COPR Examination Study Guide provides a list of most commonly used textbooks.

Once in the examination room will we have access to paper and pencil?

Candidates have access to a notepad feature within the online examination platform. 

When will I receive my marks?

It can take up to 4 weeks from the date you write your exam to receive your marks.  Exam marks are distributed by provincial regulators only and are done so simultaneously on a pre-set date. EMR candidates receive exam results from COPR at the same time as the regulators distribute the PCP and ACP results. 

I received a report with different colors on it.  What do the colors mean?

Each candidate is sent a report via email that indicates whether the candidate has passed or failed the exam. The report also indicates candidate performance relative to each of the competency areas as defined in the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP).  Performance will be marked as red, yellow or green and should be interpreted as follows:

  • Red –  indicates candidate performance in that competency area is considerably below the acceptable standard;
  • Yellow – indicates candidate performance in that competency area is very close to the acceptable standard; and,
  • Green – indicates candidate performance is considerably above the acceptable standard.

My results were “Yellow” in all areas. How should I focus my study for the next exam?

Candidates who receive yellow in each competency area should focus study on all competency areas.

I was not successful at the exam and plan to write it again. Do I reapply or is my information saved and I just pay again?

Candidates who are not successful in the exam would be required to contact the provincial regulator and reapply. EMR candidates can reapply via the COPR application. 

 How do I challenge a failed examination?

The COPR Examination Handbook outlines candidate recourse following a failed attempt at the exam.  There are two options open to candidates, namely, a Manual Verification of Results and an Exam Appeal. Excerpts from the Handbook are copied here:

Manual Verification of Results

Unsuccessful candidates can request a manual verification of their results whereby a manual review of the questions and responses would be conducted to confirm the exam score. The fee for this manual verification is $200.00 and is non-refundable (EMR fee is $100). Candidates can submit a request to exam@copr.ca to have this service conducted.

This option could be utilized if a candidate feels there may have been an error in the electronic scoring of his/her exam.

Exam Appeal

A candidate, who has failed the COPR Entry to Practice Examination, may request a formal review of their exam to the Chair of COPR Examination Committee. A candidate’s examination results may be reviewed only based on suspected irregularities in the examination process, and not because of alleged errors in content of the examination. The content of an examination is not subject for review at the request of the candidate either singly or as a group. A request to review the examination results based on process must present evidence that the alleged irregularity materially affected the candidate’s performance. The existence of irregularities is in itself not sufficient to reverse the results of the examination.

Candidates who wish to pursue either option should contact COPR through exam@copr.ca.

Can I see my test and answers so I could challenge the content of exam questions I got wrong?

Candidates are not permitted to review their exam. COPR uses an exam question development process guided by psychometricians that meets all professional standards as specified in the most recent edition of American Psychological Association Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

Why was my exam marked out of 180 questions instead of 200?

The Exam is marked out of 180 questions with the remaining 20 questions being newly written and introduced into the exam. These 20 questions are being tested psychometrically for reliability and validity and are not counted towards total exam marks.  This is part of the standard industry process for exam question development.

My certificate arrived from Canada Post in damaged condition.  How do I get a new certificate?

To replace a damaged certificate, individuals should email exam@copr.ca. Once your request is received, you will be asked to send the damaged certificate to COPR (an address will be provided) and your certificate will be replaced free of charge.  If you do not send in the damaged certificate, a fee of $75 will be charged for a replacement certificate.

I have lost the receipt I was issued for the exam and would like another copy. Can I get another copy of my receipt?

Candidates should email exam@copr.ca to request a replacement receipt. Instructions on how to obtain the replacement receipt will be sent to you. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for each replacement receipt.

Once I pass the exam, do I need to do anything further to work on an ambulance?

Once you have passed the exam, you still need to apply for registration/licensure/certification with the regulator in the province in which you would like to work.  Click here for more information.

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