Information and Application Process

COPR administers three (3) entry to practice examinations:

  • The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) examination is used as the EMR entry to practice examination in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) examinations are used as the PCP and ACP entry to practice examinations in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Review all examination dates and application deadlines

COPR Examination Handbook

The COPR Entry to Practice Examination Handbook offers candidates detailed information regarding the examination application process. Information provided includes:

  • eligibility requirements;
  • what to expect when applying for the exam;
  • what happens after a candidate applies for the exam;
  • what happens on exam day; and,
  • what to expect following the exam.

COPR Virtual Proctoring Quick Reference Guide

The COPR Virtual Proctoring Quick Reference Guide provides a summary of steps to complete in preparation for Examination day. 

Examination Application Information

Carefully review the eligibility and application information provided below. To start or return to an existing application, click the “Apply for an Examination” button. 

Eligibility to write the examination requires successful completion of a provincially approved education program at the relevant practice level, or provincially deemed equivalent, and attempting the examination within 12 months of completing the educational program, unless approval is granted by a provincial regulator. It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide regulator authorization to extend past the 12-month eligibility requirement. If you exceed the 12-month criteria and intend to register/license/certify in the province of Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, review and complete this Examination Eligibility Letter. (Download and save the letter prior to entering your information).

A candidate is permitted to take a maximum of three attempts at the COPR Entry to Practice Examination. If not successful after the third attempt, it will be necessary to submit evidence to COPR of completing provincially approved remedial education before being permitted further attempt(s).

A candidate who is required by the provincial regulator (e.g., license reinstatement) to write a COPR examination may also submit an application and provide a letter from the regulator in lieu of proof of education program completion.

Candidates who falsify documents will not be allowed to write the Examination. If falsification is discovered after the Examination has been taken, the Examination results will be null and void.

The application for a COPR examination is a two-step process. The application process must be completed for each COPR examination attempt.

Steps to apply for the Examination

Deadline to complete application activity

1.     Apply for the COPR examination using the COPR Applicant Portal. Instructions.  

Applicant portal questions? Review the troubleshooting guide.

Approximately seven (7) weeks prior to the examination. To view the application deadlines, refer to the examination dates page.

2.      Meazure Learning will email the candidate instructions on how to book an examination start time.

The candidate booking window opens five (5) weeks prior to the examination and closes four (4) weeks prior to the examination.

Candidates are not required to have successfully completed their course of study to apply for the examination. Proof of successful completion of an education program must be provided to COPR before the deadline of fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the examination date. Candidates are responsible to submit a transcript, certificate or letter from the educational institution to the applicant portal. COPR does not receive transcripts directly from educational institutions.

COPR examination items are linked to a competency in the  2011 National Occupation Competency Profile (NOCP).

When appropriate, alternative accessible arrangements may be available to candidates who require testing accommodation.

To request a testing accommodation for a physical, cognitive or other protected characteristic, complete the accommodation request section of the online examination application. Ensure the Examination Disability Information Form is completed by a qualified Regulated Health Care Professional and upload it to your application.

The online examination application can be saved until you have the required documentation to submit. Requests for testing accommodations are to be submitted with the online application by the application deadline.

Note:  Requests for accommodation received by COPR fewer than 35 business days before the examination will not be considered, except in unusual circumstances, such as a recent injury.

Approved accommodations are valid for one examination session only. You must submit a new request for any future examination session by submitting the request with the online examination application.

Click here to view COPR’s Testing Accommodation Policy.

The fee for each attempt is $650.00 (PCP & ACP) or $550.00 (EMR) plus applicable taxes. Payment can be made online using a credit card at the time of application. An official tax receipt is available to download from the applicant portal.

Refunds will be provided to candidates who cancel their COPR Examination application or who have not satisfied the registration pre-requisites based on the following:

  • 28+ calendar days before the examination: 100% refund
  • 22 – 27 calendar days before the examination: 75% refund
  • 15 – 21 calendar days before the examination: 50% refund
  • 14 days before the examination: No Refund

Application cancellations must be submitted via the Applicant Portal.

Failure to take the Examination

A refund will not be provided to a candidate who does not take the examination at the scheduled date/time (no show) unless the failure to take the examination is due to:

  1. Death in the immediate family; or
  2. Sudden incapacitating illness or injury; or
  3. Other circumstance deemed by COPR to be commensurate to (1) or (2)

Click here to view the COPR Examination Purchase Refund Policy.

Examination results are released 3 – 4 weeks after the examination date. Email notification with instructions on how to view results in the COPR Applicant Portal is sent to candidates. Please do not contact the testing agency or COPR for examination results. Results are distributed by COPR across the country simultaneously. 

Note: The November 2021 PCP and ACP examination results will be distributed by the provincial regulators. The above process will be used starting in 2022. 

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 (+tax) and is non-refundable. An application for manual verification of results may be made to COPR within forty-five (45) calendar days from the date of receipt of the examination results. Candidates can submit a request by emailing the COPR Examination Manager at exam@copr.ca to have this service conducted.

Formal Review

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. An application for Formal Review may be made to COPR within forty-five (45) calendar days from the date of receipt of the examination results. Candidates can submit a request by emailing the COPR Examination Manager at exam@copr.ca.

Formal Appeal

Following receipt of the decision of the Chair of the COPR Examination Committee, if the candidate still feels his/her situation was not accorded due consideration, the candidate can choose to submit an appeal to the COPR Board of Directors. This appeal must be sent by registered mail, accompanied by a payment of $200.00 (+ tax). An appeal of the formal review decision must be received by COPR within thirty (30) days of the candidate’s receipt of the Chair’s formal review decision.

COPR will forward the appeal request and the supporting documents to COPR’s Board of Directors for its consideration and the Board of Directors will respond in writing to the candidate’s appeal, with its decision, within forty-five (45) days of receipt by the COPR of the appeal letter.

The COPR Board of Directors will render one of the following decisions:

  • confirm that the policies and procedures pertinent to the situation were followed and uphold the decision of the Chair of the COPR Examination Committee;
  • determine that the policies and procedures pertinent to the situation were either inadequate or not followed completely and refer the matter back to the Chair for a decision based on reviewing or following the policies and procedures completely.
  • take whatever action the Board of Directors considers appropriate that is not inconsistent with the generally accepted principles of the Chair.

Click here to view the COPR Examination Review Policy.

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