Becoming a Paramedic in South Africa

If you are considering becoming a Paramedic in South Africa, or you have finally completed your studies and training in Paramedics you need to make sure you are well equipped with the leadership and problem-solving skills needed to be a Paramedic.

As a Paramedic, your life might seem as normal as any other, but on a daily basis you will have to be on standby for the many emergencies that occur on a daily basis, including accidents

It is a very respectable job that requires patience and the ability to work under pressure. In South Africa, the typical working hours for a paramedic are from 7am to 7pm, and 7pm to 7am for the nightshift Paramedic.

Paramedics should be highly regarded because they are the type of individuals who are at the front line when it comes to situations of life and death. They deal with car accidents, brawls, shootings and many more.

As a Paramedic you need to be able to think fast, be calm and handle the situation in a way that people feel at ease with and know that you will do everything it takes to save their lives. It is a very tough job, sometimes your emotions are tested, but there are also great times like when you bring a life into the world.

Moments such as the birth of a child, make it worthwhile to be a Paramedic. You get a chance to save lives and give hope.

If you are considering becoming a Paramedic, according to ER24 you need the following qualifications to become a Paramedic:

  • Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) / Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA) / Intermediate Life Support (ILS)
  • Critical Care Assistant (CCA) / Advanced Life Support (ALS)
  • National Diploma. Emergency Medical Care / Advanced Life Support (ALS) Course now changed to BTech. Emergency Medical Care
  • Bachelor of Technology in Emergency Medical Care / Advanced Life Support (ALS)
  • Other Emergency Medical Care qualifications registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.

You will also need training, for training as a Paramedic you can join the ER24 Training Academy.

With the personality and qualifications, the only thing left for you as a Paramedic is for you to love your job. Loving your job is very important, especially if you want to become the best Paramedic there is. It is a requirement that will make your job much simpler.

For Paramedic jobs and other medical jobs, visit the Job Mail website where you can find your dream job.

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20 Responses

  1. Makgati isaac molema says:

    I am desperately looking for any academy of paramedic training especially in Gauteng Province. I’m determined,faithful even willing to train as soon as i get the right information, I could be reached through these number: 0713140885 / 0733923101 as well as e-mail. I’m kindly awaiting to hear from you soonest.

  2. Sandile Zulu says:

    I wish to become a paramedic but I never studied for it, my question is: Can I get help in this site maybe for studying for paramedic or getting a job as paramedic because I have grade 12 with Mathematics, Biology and Physical Science? I will be glad to get this chance or a direction on which step can I take. Thank you.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Sandile – You need to have proper training to be a paramedic, read this article on the ER24 website:

  3. I want to know where can someone study towards to become a paramedic and how long does it take? Please reply on the above email. Thank you in advance.

  4. violet says:

    Hi, my brother is looking for paramedic job he has studied for it. Got the BAA

  5. thobani tshabalala says:

    Hi am looking for paramedics baa..i have drivers licence with prdp..matric my number is 0767352693….i can relocate anywhere in a country..

  6. Tengani Victoria Ndlovu says:

    I’m looking for a BAA paramedic job,i have code c1 driver’s license with PDP registered with HPCSA.

  7. Muhammad Jamal says:

    Are there any physical requirements? Like a minimum weight?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Muhammad – Your best bet would be to check with the companies hiring paramedics in the industry.

  8. Benjy says:

    Hi, are there opportunities (in South Africa) to become a paramedic that specializes in outdoor emergencies, in particular situations involving hiking, biking, climbing accidents and rural area emergencies (snake bites, poisoning, heatstroke, hypothermia, drowning, fractures, joint reductions, eye injuries, search and rescue, animal attacks, diving emergencies, tropical/bush diseases, altitude sickness, spinal injuries, other typical emergencies that are more probable in the outdoors and rural wilderness ). Are these courses internationally accepted. Thank you.

  9. Nomasonto says:

    I want to be a paramedic please help, what
    can I do?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Read the article above and to get more info contact companies that employ paramedics like ER 24, etc

  10. Nthabiseng says:

    hi l am looking for Basic ambulance assistant job I have code 10 drivers licence plus PDP registered with HPCSA.I am willing to relocate anywhere in South number is 0730410522 .

  11. zimbili says:

    m looking for job m a BAA m already registered to hpcsa but iwant 2 do my hours (volunteer)0629328770

  12. Hawa says:

    Hi, I am very much in need of a job, or volunteering position, I currently completed the BAA course, and willing to put my learning into practice. And i would like to ask if i can I still go for training even if I did BAA? Thank you.

  13. Hawa says:

    I would be very Happy if I could receive a positive answer.

  14. Yolande Briel says:

    I am a newly registered Emergency Care Practitioner and I am struggling to find a job, If anyone knows of any positions (preferably in South Africa), please let me know.

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