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International Paramedic College

 

Welcome aboard!

Please take a moment to read this, as it contains crucial information about our courses.

Welcome aboard our renowned Paramedical and Emergency Care Training Programs. Embarking on this educational journey may profoundly transform your approach to emergency situations. Exceptional paramedics perceive emergencies holistically, transcending mere first aid to envisage the entire situation. This holistic perspective is a skill honed through education and experience.

Lao Tzu, the esteemed Chinese philosopher, famously stated, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” We all commence our journeys from a starting point. I invite you to learn about my beginnings and the development of our unique paramedical training philosophy. This insight may enrich your own path and provide a deeper understanding of our commitment to your education and the rationale behind our program’s structure.

In emergency scenarios, it’s common to encounter apprehension and fear. These emotions can be paralyzing, leading to a reluctance to act due to the fear of exacerbating the situation. Contrary to the Hippocratic oath’s guidance to “First, do no harm,” inaction is not a viable option. My extensive experience as a paramedic, responding to thousands of emergencies, has taught me that the pervasive question is “What if?”—What if my actions worsen the situation? What if I inflict more pain? What if I’m incorrect in my approach?

This course will demonstrate that emergency medicine is fundamentally rooted in common sense. We recognize the challenge of maintaining calm and rational thought under pressure. Our training equips paramedics not only with medical knowledge but also with strategies to manage stress and make effective decisions in critical moments.

Our objective is to transform fear and hesitation into the competence to assist others when necessary.

Why?

Is there a need for a rationale to help or care? For paramedics, caring is central to their role, and aiding others is inherently positive. Offering assistance mitigates the daunting “What if?” concern. As emergency responders, our presence at a scene may be brief, but we aim to leave without lingering doubts, equipping you with simple techniques to conquer fear.

The information on this page applies to students studying with International Paramedic College (IPC).

Key information for students

IPC has a range of policies covering details relating to:

  • Marketing and advertising
  • Enrolment, including cancellation and refunds
  • Reasonable Adjustment or learning with specific learning requirements
  • Student and Academic Codes of Conduct
  • Student assessment and work placement
  • Completion of your studies
  • Managing student complaints
  • Privacy
  • Fees of cancellations and refunds

Many of these policies can be accessed in the footer of our website or if you require further information please contact us

Language literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment tool information

An ‘ACSF Assessment Task/Tool’ or ‘LLN Assessment Task/Tool’ is a diagnostic assessment tool used to determine an individual’s language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) skill levels.

The tasks typically consist of various reading, writing, maths and oral communication questions designed to be relevant to workplace tasks.

The idea is that the tools will help gauge a person’s current LLN skill levels and identify whether they have the required LLN skills to effectively interact with information and complete tasks that would be commonplace in a certain job, and if not, where the areas of required support are.

While IPC is not involved in VET Loans, there are assessment tools and tasks provided that some students may like to use to assess LLN needs Information is available here

They can be accessed here at the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Student interviews are conducted before enrolment in our qualifications like the

  • HLT21020 Certificate II in Medical service first response
  • HLT31220 – Certificate III in Basic Health Care
  • HLT41120 Certificate IV in Healthcare
  • HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care

You can book your pre enrolment interview where any LLN issues can be discussed as well as the course content and details about assessment activities costs payment plans workplacemts etc

Please book an online zoom session time to discuss these and any other issues here with one of our paramedical trainers.

Student handbook

In addition, the Student Handbook provides a guide to studying with us

HLT51020 — Diploma of Emergency Health Care - Core Units and your clinical pathway - Please read

Core Units and your clinical pathway

Your course units will be delivered in the following sequence. We have developed this pathway to provide you with the best clinical outcome for your studies with us.

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

HLTOUT010 Communicate in complex situations to support health

HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely

HLTOUT009 Manage the scene of a major incident

PUAEME008 Provide Pain Management (Green Whistle training)

CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis (Mental Health First Aid)

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status

HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress (practical/theory components)

HLTOUT008 Manage a scene (practical and theory components)

HLTOUT005 Assess and deliver standard clinical care large clinical unit (practical and theory components)

Should you wish to add any additional units from our standard clinical pathway, you’ll have the opportunity during your practical training. Additional units will incur modest fees but provide a specialised focus on transport and occupational first aid, renewing and refreshing your qualifications. After completing your practical workshop, attend your 160-hour clinical placement. You’re responsible for organising this placement, allowing flexibility to tailor the experience to your learning needs.

You have 18 months to complete the Diploma, which should be ample time. Should you require an extension, don’t hesitate to ask.

HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care - Core Units and your clinical pathway - Please read

These units are common units in the paramedical and general health care sector training and education courses.

All our units are written by us and have a paramedic/prehospital care focus

Paramedical EMT First Responder Courses and Learning Pathway to Becoming a Paramedic

HLT21020 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response

HLT31220 Certificate III in Basic Health Care

HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport (NEPT)

HLT41120 Certificate IV in Health Care (First responder EMT Medic)

HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care (Paramedical Training)

Health & Administration Units

HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration

HLT47315 Certificate IV in Health Administration

HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Nursing & Community Services Units

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

HLT51020 Diploma of Nursing

HLT31220 — Certificate III in Basic Health Care: An Entry Point to Paramedical Education - Core Units and your clinical pathway - Please read

Core Units and your clinical pathway 11 Units in total

Your course units will be delivered in the following sequence. We have developed this pathway to provide you with the best clinical outcome for your studies with us and this simplifies the pathway to higher qualifications.

All our units are written by us and have a paramedic/prehospital care focus

Note: Unit marked with* has a prerequisite HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

Simply do your first aid course locally and/or provide us with a copy of your current first aid certificate for a credit transfer.

PUAEME008 Provide Pain Management (Green Whistle training)*

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

HLTOUT010 Communicate in complex situations to support health

* We added the Unit PUAEME008 Provide Pain Management as an elective here, as it provides better real-world workplace outcomes for students and teaches you about the methods and checks we use in administering drugs in pre-hospital care. A green whistle training device will be required to complete the unit.

These units are common units in the paramedical and general health care sector training and education courses.

All our units are written by us and have a paramedic/prehospital care focus

Paramedical EMT First Responder Courses and Learning Pathway to Becoming a Paramedic

HLT21020 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response

HLT31220 Certificate III in Basic Health Care

HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport (NEPT)

HLT41120 Certificate IV in Health Care (First responder EMT Medic)

HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care (Paramedical Training)

Health & Administration Units

HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration

HLT47315 Certificate IV in Health Administration

HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Nursing & Community Services Units

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support

HLT51020 Diploma of Nursing

HLT31120 Certificate lll in Non-Emergency Patient Transport NEPT - Core Units and your clinical pathway - Please read

Core Units

BSBMED301

Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

HLTAAP001

Recognise healthy body systems

HLTAID011

Provide first aid

HLTINF006

Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

HLTOUT001

Implement safe access and egress

HLTOUT007

Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions

HLTOUT010

Communicate in complex situations to support health care

HLTWHS002

Follow safe work practices for direct client care

HLTWHS005

Conduct manual tasks safely

HLTWHS006

Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Electives

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically

HLTAAP002

Confirm physical health status

HLTAID005

Provide first aid in remote situations

HLTAID014

Provide advanced first aid

HLTAID015*

Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy

HLTOUT004

Assess and deliver basic clinical care

HLTOUT008

Manage a scene

HLT21020 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response - Core Units and your clinical pathway - Please read

Core Units and your clinical pathway 9 Units in total

Your course units will be delivered in the following sequence. We have developed this pathway to provide you with the best clinical outcome for your studies with us and this simplifies the pathway to higher qualifications.

All our units are written by us and have a paramedic/prehospital care focus

Note: Unit marked with* has a prerequisite HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

Simply do your first aid course locally and/or provide us with a copy of your current first aid certificate for a credit transfer.

PUAEME008 Provide Pain Management (Green Whistle training)*

* We added the Unit PUAEME008 Provide Pain Management as an elective here, as it provides better real-world workplace outcomes for students and teaches you about the methods and checks we use in administering drugs in pre-hospital care.  A green whistle training device will be required to complete the unit.

How to become a Paramedic

Important course information - Please read

Important course information — Please read

If you need to make any changes to your practical course date for CPR and First Aid type courses, a $35 admin fee will apply if you fail to provide 3 days notice by email or make multiple changes. If you are unable to attend for any reason, fees, and charges may be applied as per our Payments, refunds, and cancellation policy available here.

Any request to change your course booking, must be done by email

Course Fees and Payment Plans

The use of payment plans is covered by the autopay agreement when you sign up for a plan. Payment plans are not available to students under 18 years of age. Certificates or Statements of Attainment will not be issued until course fees are paid in full.

Our refund policy and any terms and conditions are available in the footer of our website.

Locations

Many of our courses are 100% online and self-paced. Our practical components, if applicable to your course, are held several times a week locally at our public venues. Location details and maps are provided on enrolment if practical attendance is required, for your convenience, or course location and venue information can be accessed here.

If you want training in your workplace or on-site, contact us here.

Course Requirements

Access to a computer with the internet, as well as basic computer skills access to technology assets to complete the online/ pre-course studies required for completion of this unit

Basic numeracy and literacy skills are needed to attend this course.

Access to a computer with internet access, as well as basic computer skills access to technology assets to complete the online/ pre-course studies required for completion of this unit

If you have ANY special needs (e.g., language/literacy/numeracy difficulties/ physical disabilities etc) that you think may impact on your ability to complete this training, please let us know before enrolling

Requirements for Completion

You must complete 100% of any training and satisfactorily complete all the competency-based assessment tasks in the units.

 Physical Requirements

If you suffer an allergy to latex products, please advise us. 

Practical activities involve training scenarios conducted at floor level and contact with other students/instructors. Please wear suitable clothing.

CPR, as an example, is a rigorous physical activity requiring you to compress the chest of a manikin downwards about a third of the chest depth continuously at 100 to 120 times a minute for a continuous period of 2 minutes. First aid and CPR type courses require you to perform 2 minutes of CPR on an adult manikin on the floor and two minutes of CPR on an infant on a firm surface. If you are doing a childcare type first aid course, you will be required to do an additional 2 minutes of CPR on a child manikin.  This requires a level of endurance, strength, and fitness appropriate to this task. If you have current physical injuries, medical problems or limitations, please discuss this with your trainer. You must don’t injure yourself or exacerbate an existing condition in training.

Other units of study may involve driving or moving patients, depending on the particular requirements of the unit. Please contact us before enrolment if you would like to discuss individual units.

The Assessment Process

We use a range of assessment methods to gather evidence of your knowledge and applied skills for this course. The assessment methods may include multiple choice questions, short written answers and practical activities. On enrolment in, you will be provided with access to International Paramedic College’s course learning materials; it is expected that you have read and understood the contents and completed any pre course learning before starting the assessments. Full information about the assessment requirements and course content is available below.

On enrolment, you will be provided with a login to our student portal to access online assessment tasks. We understand that this may not suit everybody. If you have particular requirements, please contact us. It is expected that you have read and understood the learning materials to develop your responses to the assessment tasks, and completed any assessment tasks as per the student instructions and with the learning materials for that module. The use of AI or software to generate answers to assessment takes is covered in our plagiarism and the use of AI policy available on our student information page or in the footer of our website.

Our express delivery option requires you to complete pre-course learning before attendance.

Learner Support

International Paramedic College is aware of the need to identify the individual support needs of learners and to provide access to educational and wellbeing support services to enable them to meet the requirements of the training product in which they are enrolled. Learner support includes any educational and support services that a learner may need to assist them in their training.

We will provide wellbeing support in the form of services and resources to assist with learners’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This may be provided through one-on-one support by a designated staff member or through referral to appropriate external services where the individual’s needs are out with our professional abilities and expertise.

We need to identify any particular requirements such as literacy, numeracy, English language or physical capabilities that learners would have to complete each course, and develop strategies to make support available where gaps are identified.

You will be asked at course registration to identify any support need you may need. This will be flagged to your trainer/assessor so they are aware and can provide appropriate support.

You should contact us to discuss any particular support requirements you may have before enrolment, and to understand the physical requirements of CPR training as an example.

Reasonable Adjustment – Learning difficulties

Enrolment in this training requires participants to provide details on any learning or physical difficulties which may impact on their training outcomes. This may include any language, literacy, or numeracy issues.

Students may also discuss any special needs with your assessor, who may be able to make any required, reasonable adjustment to the assessments to meet these needs. Please note the requirements under physical activity below.

Reasonable adjustment may include access to paper-based assessments due to technical or access issues to online assessment systems in a particular workplace. Additional time, fees, or charges may apply for this standard delivery option.

Please note, to be deemed competent in any unit requiring CPR or first aid you must be physically able to perform the following (these requirements cannot be changed):

Uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult manikin placed on the floor

Uninterrupted CPR infant manikin placed on a firm surface.

Additionally, childcare first aid students must perform uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult manikin placed on the floor

Please speak with us before enrolment assessment if you have any concerns.

Students must have reasonable English language skills, as all units are assessed in English and access to a computer and the internet.

If you have particular requirements or well-being needs, please contact us to discuss your situation before enrolment

Language Literacy numeracy

Please notify us before enrolment if you have any Language Literacy or Numeracy issue. All assessments are conducted in English.

Language literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment tool information

An 'ACSF Assessment Task/Tool' or 'LLN Assessment Task/Tool' is a diagnostic assessment tool used to determine an individual's language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) skill levels.

The tasks typically consist of various reading, writing, maths and oral communication questions designed to be relevant to workplace tasks.

The idea is that the tools will help gauge a person's current LLN skill levels and identify whether they have the required LLN skills to effectively interact with information and complete tasks that would be commonplace in a certain job, and if not, where the areas of required support are.

While IPC is not involved in VET Loans, there are assessment tools and tasks provided that some students may like to use to assess LLN needs Information is available here

They can be accessed here at the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Student interviews are conducted before enrolment in our qualifications like the

  • HLT21020 Certificate II in Medical service first response
  • HLT31220 – Certificate III in Basic Health Care
  • HLT41120 Certificate IV in Healthcare
  • HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care

You can book your pre enrolment interview where any LLN issues can be discussed as well as the course content and details about assessment activities costs payment plans workplacemts etc

Please book an online zoom session time to discuss these and any other issues here with one of our paramedical trainers.

Student handbook

In addition, the Student Handbook provides a guide to studying with us

Requirements for Completion

You must complete 100% of the training course and satisfactorily complete all the competency-based assessment tasks. If you feel you may need some support to complete the learning or assessment tasks, either because of a literacy issue, a learning difficulty or a physical disability, please let us know. We may be able to make adjustments to our learning and assessment processes. Information concerning reasonable adjustment and the type of student support services we supply can be found in our Student Handbook.

Entry Requirements — Pre requisites

You will be notified of any prerequisites before enrolment for any particular course. While there are no prerequisites for the majority of our courses, you will need to have sufficient English language skills to complete the competency-based and online training.

You will need access to the internet and certain basic computer skills to complete the online learning modules.

A driver's licence will be required for any transport units

The unit PUAEME008 Provide pain management and HLTAID015 Advanced resuscitation both have a current first aid course (HLTAID011) as a prerequisite, and you will require a green whistle training device or old stock of the device to simulate administration of the pain management drug. Full details are available here.

Students must have reasonable English language skills as all units are assessed in English

A current photo ID is required to identify you in video submissions

Under 18

Participants under the age of 18 are required to provide a consent form completed by their legal guardian when they attend training.

Students under the age of 14 may complete non-accredited training with a parent or guardian present at the time of training and for the duration of the non-accredited course. A consent form is required.

Unique Student Identifier Number (USI)

From 1 January 2015, anyone undertakes nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you have not yet applied for a USI, you will have to do so before attending training with us.

Finding your USI Number

If you have undertaken any registered training since 2015, you may already have a USI.

If you don’t have one, applying is easy.

Click here to find your USI

If you require help in obtaining one, please contact the office. If you are unable or choose not to provide a USI, or have an exemption granted under the Student Identifiers Act 2014. Then your training outcome will not be recorded on your USI account and will not be available in future years as part of the authenticated USI transcript service. More information is available about USI numbers on our website here.

Recognition of Prior Learning — Credit transfer

We offer recognition of existing skills and knowledge, please refer to our Student Handbook or website here for more information.

If students have units with the same code number in qualifications they are completing with IPC they can apply for credit transfer. Please send the certificates or Statements of Attainments and transcripts so we can confirm those credit transfers with the issuing RTO.

Student Services Information and Policies

We have a student services webpage that provides information for students here

Our student handbook, refunds, payment plans, terms, and conditions and our policies on are available in the footer of this website. Students can access these at any time. Information for students is provided in the student handbook.

Review the student handbook provided by your IPC, which includes policies, procedures, and support services available to you.

Important Assessment information - Please read

Important course information — Please read

Every effort has been made to ensure the contents of assessment packages, learning materials and College documents are free from errors or omissions. However, you should conduct your own enquiries and seek professional advice where necessary before relying on the facts, statements, or materials contained in this assessment pack. International Paramedic College is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage resulting from material included in or omitted from this assessment pack resource.
Information in our training and assessment packages is current at the time of publication.
Our courses may have a world-wide audience and emergency laws and regulations vary from state to state and country to country, so this course cannot be definitive on all legal issues for your workplace or location. This information is not legal advice and is for guidance only. When in doubt, always seek legal counsel.
All workers, regardless of their field or profession, operate within a legal and ethical framework. This simply means that we all work within the boundaries defined by applicable laws and ethical standards. This study guide aims to provide the healthcare worker with a sound introduction to the legal aspects of working within an ambulance environment.
As a healthcare worker, you have legal obligations to yourself, your patients, the organisation in which you work and your co-workers. To meet these obligations, it is important to know the laws that relate to your work and ensure you carry out your work role in accordance with those laws.

The Assessment Process – An Introduction

You will have been provided with access to International Paramedic College’s (IPC) course learning materials, and it is expected that you have read and understood the content prior to starting the assessments. You will have been advised of any specific learning materials or resources required for your assessment.

We use a range of assessment methods to gather evidence of your knowledge and applied skills for a unit or qualification.

What is Competency-Based Assessment?

Competency-based assessment is the process of gathering evidence to confirm that participants can perform the required skills and knowledge for the unit or course they are enrolled in. To complete a unit of competency, participants are required to successfully demonstrate their skills and knowledge in all the activities within this assessment. Rather than using a marking scale, competency-based assessment determines competency as either 'competent' or 'not yet competent'.
You are required to successfully demonstrate competence in all the activities in this assessment. If you are unable to answer a question, your answer is deemed not satisfactory. For any of the assessment activities where you are unable to satisfactorily demonstrate competence, your assessor will work with you to identify opportunities for further training if required and arrange re-assessment when you are ready or at the end of the session.
If you are unable to demonstrate your ability in any area of the assessment, you will be re-assessed. Re-assessment may include demonstrating a skill, answering questions, or providing further information. All participants are given two opportunities to be reassessed without further payment required. On occasions where participants are unable to demonstrate competency after two re-assessment attempts, they will be required to re-enrol in the unit(s) or directed back to the learning materials to review before any reassessment.

Effective assessment must follow the principles of assessment

The Australian Government Quality Skills Authority requires training organisations to follow the principles of assessment it has stated as:

Fairness

  • The individual learner’s needs are considered in the assessment process.
  • Where appropriate, reasonable adjustments are applied by the RTO to take into account the individual learner’s needs.
  • The RTO informs the learner about the assessment process and provides the learner with the opportunity to challenge the result of the assessment and be reassessed if necessary.

Flexibility

Assessment is flexible to the individual learner by:

  • reflecting the learner’s needs
  • assessing competencies held by the learner, no matter how or where they have been acquired
  • drawing from a range of assessment methods and using those that are appropriate to the context, the unit of competency and associated assessment requirements, and the individual.

Validity

Any assessment decision of the RTO is justified, based on the evidence of performance of the individual learner.

Validity requires:

  • assessment against the unit/s of competency and the associated assessment requirements covers the broad range of skills and knowledge that are essential to competent performance
  • assessment of knowledge and skills is integrated with their practical application
  • assessment to be based on evidence that demonstrates that a learner could demonstrate these skills and knowledge in other similar situations
  • judgement of competence is based on evidence of learner performance that is aligned to the unit/s of competency and associated assessment requirements.

Reliability

Evidence presented for assessment is consistently interpreted, and assessment results are comparable irrespective of the assessor conducting the assessment.

The rules of evidence

Students and assessors are reminded that the rules of evidence in assessment are that the assessment evidence provided by the student for the assessment tasks have

Validity

The assessor is assured that the learner has the skills, knowledge and attributes as described in the module or unit of competency and associated assessment requirements.

Sufficiency

The assessor is assured that the quality, quantity, and relevance of the assessment evidence enables a judgement to be made of a learner’s competency.

Authenticity

The assessor is assured that the evidence presented for assessment is the learner’s own work.

Currency

The assessor is assured that the assessment evidence demonstrates current competency. This requires the assessment evidence to be from the present or the very recent past.

Questions & Answers

Depending on the question style, where appropriate, students are required to answer questions in their own words to demonstrate understanding. Questions can also be completed orally. You can answer the questions verbally with an assessor or another support person, such as a supervisor or mentor. When undertaking an oral assessment, you are required to answer the questions in your own words, and your assessor or support person is required to document your answers.

Learner Support

Learner support includes any educational and support services that a learner may need to assist them in their training.

We need to identify any particular requirements such as literacy, numeracy, English language or physical capabilities that learners would need to complete each course, and develop strategies to make support available where gaps are identified.

You will be asked at course registration to identify any support need you may need. This will be flagged to your trainer/assessor so they are aware and can provide appropriate support.

You should contact us to discuss any particular support requirements you may have before enrolment and to understand the physical requirements of CPR training as an example.

Plagiarism and the use of artificial intelligence programs (AI)

International Paramedic College (IPC) is committed to fostering a positive learning environment and nurturing strong relationships with our students. We aim for clarity regarding tasks and behavioural expectations to mitigate anxiety and prevent academic misconduct.

Authentic assessments are designed for students to undertake tasks that reflect real-world challenges, thereby demonstrating the practical application of essential knowledge and skills. Such tasks mirror those encountered in actual workplace settings, allowing for the use of diverse reference materials, expert consultations, and supervisory guidance (Sridharan & Mustard, 2015, p.4).

Plagiarism is taking and using someone else’s thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own. Plagiarism is a serious act and may result in a participant’s exclusion from a module unit or a course. When you have any doubts about including the work of other authors in your assessments, please consult with your trainer or IPC administration team.

The following list outlines some of the actions for which a participant can be accused of plagiarism:

  • Presenting any work by another individual as one’s own unintentionally
  • Handing in assessments markedly similar to or copied from another student
  • Presenting the work of another individual or group as their own work.
  • Handing in assessments without the adequate acknowledgement or referencing of sources used, including assessments taken totally or in part from the internet or AI programs.
  • Using artificial intelligence (AI) generated responses in assessment tasks without explicit instruction to do so.

As part of IPC’s policies, students may be asked to affirm that they will not utilise AI platforms, tools, or homework help websites for completing assessment tasks, acknowledging that such actions contravene IPC’s plagiarism policy.

Furthermore, students are prohibited from sharing assessment answers or any intellectual property with others or on any AI platform, tool, or homework help website, as this constitutes a breach of our policy.

By adhering to these guidelines, IPC students maintain the integrity of their educational journey, ensuring that their learning experience is both authentic and reflective of IPC’s commitment to excellence in paramedic education.

Procedures and Guidance for Students

Students should be guided by the learning materials and course textbooks when seeking to answer assessment tasks. Students short answer assessment tasks should be in “their own words” except when specifically asked for example to “list 5 causes of …….” As an example.

Students' answers to questions should be of sufficient depth to show an understanding of the question. Submissions may be returned to students asking for more depth and clarity in response to a question or questions

Reviews of student’s assessments submissions will be made and if the use of AI type programs or references that appear outside the learning materials and textbooks, we may ask that students resubmit work to us or reference their sources appropriately.

If an assessor has concerns that this plagiarism and AI policy has been breached, then the submitted assessment will be referred to the training manager for review.

The student may be asked to review their submission or provide evidence that the submission matches the rules of evidence, that the submission is the students own work. That may require re submission of the assessment with appropriate references or adjustments.

For online courses where a video is submitted as evidence, a photo ID may be requested from the assessor to confirm that it is the student performing the assessment tasks.

Students may be asked to follow a particular pathway progression through programs to enhance practical training and deliver optimal learning outcomes by building knowledge sequentially

Reviews of students’ assessments submissions will be made and if the use of AI type programs or references that appear outside the learning materials and textbooks, we may ask that students resubmit work to us or reference their sources.

Access to our Plagiarism and the use of AI Policy is available here

Individual workplaces

We are aware that the answers, information and projects completed will differ from one student to another depending on their workplace, Scope of practice, clinical practice guidelines and/or experience. We encourage you, wherever possible, to apply the requirements of your assessments to your workplace. We will use generic examples of Clinical Practice Guidelines as an industry basis for applying treatment modalities in accordance with current industry standards.

We are not assessing your ability against anyone else, and we do not compare your work to that of other students to determine if you are competent or not. We only assess your evidence to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of the unit.

Where appropriate, your assessor will work with you and your supervisor, if employed, at the beginning of the unit to identify appropriate activities and/or projects that you can use when completing the assessment activities.  If your workplace does not have the required documents, resources, and/or equipment to undertake the training and assessment activities in a unit, we will provide access to generic examples of these for you.

You will find that if you are required to provide work samples, the activity asks you to use your workplaces template, forms, checklists, and policies. If your workplace does not have these, we will provide examples that you can work with.

Work Samples

Where they are required, work samples are documents which have been created in the workplace or in the same style and manner which is appropriate to the workplace. With all work samples it is essential that you maintain confidentially of all parties including the employer, clients, and any other person.

If you are submitting real workplace documents, you must gain permission from all relevant personnel (this must be written) and submit the approval with the documents.

Evidence can take many forms and be gathered from many sources
Indirect evidence or using other parties to collect supplemental evidence if required must be done in accordance with the required standards. This fact sheet provides information about clause 1.8 of the Standards for RTOs 2015. For further information on assessment and clause 1.8 requirements, please refer to the Users’ Guide to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

Alternative assessment and adjustments to assessment activities

If you are unable to complete a particular activity or have a suggestion of a relevant workplace activity that would meet the requirements of a unit, we encourage you to discuss this with your Assessor or the IPC team.

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills are embedded in the assessment tasks, this means that the language, literacy, numeracy, and employment skills you are required to demonstrate during your participation are assessed at the same time as the other required skills and knowledge for the unit.

Competency Completion

You must successfully complete all assessment activities to be deemed competent.
Results
1. Individual assessment tasks will be marked as:
Satisfactory (S) Not yet Satisfactory (NYS)
2. On the completion of all assessment tasks a final result will be given as:
Competent (C) Not yet competent (NYC)

You will be given the results to knowledge-based assessment activities automatically online or at the beginning of your face to face/practical session and you will be given the opportunity to re-sit any tasks you did not satisfactorily complete at the end of the session.

Your assessor will give you feedback as you complete the practical assessment activities and, again, if you are not given a satisfactory outcome on the first attempt you will have the opportunity to re-sit these tasks at the end of the session or contact the administration team to make alternative arrangements.

Reasonable Adjustment — Learning difficulties

Enrolment in our training requires participants to provide details on any learning or physical difficulties which may impact on their training outcomes. This may include any language, literacy, or numeracy issues.

Students may also discuss any special needs with your assessor, who may be able to make any required, reasonable adjustment to the assessments to meet these needs. Please note the requirements under physical activity below.

Reasonable adjustment may include access to paper-based assessments due to technical or access issues to online assessment systems in a particular workplace. Additional time, fees, or charges may apply for this standard delivery option.

Please note, to be deemed competent in any unit requiring CPR or first aid you must be physically able to perform the following (these requirements cannot be changed):

Uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult manikin placed on the floor

Uninterrupted CPR infant manikin placed on a firm surface.

Additionally, childcare first aid students must perform uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult manikin placed on the floor

Please speak with us before enrolment assessment if you have any concerns.

Students must have reasonable English language skills, as all units are assessed in English and access to a computer and the internet.

If you have particular requirements or well-being needs, please contact us to discuss your situation before enrolment

Language Literacy Numeracy

Please notify us before enrolment if you have any Language Literacy or Numeracy issue. All assessments are conducted in English.

Language literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment tool information

An 'ACSF Assessment Task/Tool' or 'LLN Assessment Task/Tool' is a diagnostic assessment tool used to determine an individual's language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) skill levels.

The tasks typically consist of various reading, writing, maths and oral communication questions designed to be relevant to workplace tasks.

The idea is that the tools will help gauge a person's current LLN skill levels and identify whether they have the required LLN skills to effectively interact with information and complete tasks that would be commonplace in a certain job, and if not, where the areas of required support are.

While IPC is not involved in VET Loans, there are assessment tools and tasks provided that some students may like to use to assess LLN needs Information is available here

They can be accessed here at the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Student interviews are conducted before enrolment in our qualifications like the

  • HLT21020 Certificate II in Medical service first response
  • HLT31220 – Certificate III in Basic Health Care
  • HLT41120 Certificate IV in Healthcare
  • HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care

You can book your pre-enrolment interview where any LLN issues can be discussed as well as the course content and details about assessment activities costs payment plans workplacemts etc

Please book an online zoom session time to discuss these and any other issues here with one of our paramedical trainers.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgement of competencies obtained through formal training, work experience and life experience. If you feel you are entitled to recognition, please discuss with your assessor who will explain the process in detail.

We offer recognition of existing skills and knowledge, please refer to our Student Handbook or website here for more information.

If students have units with the same code number in qualifications, they are completing with IPC they can apply for credit transfer. Please send the certificates or Statements of Attainments and transcripts so we can confirm those credit transfers with the issuing RTO.

Assessment Appeals

If you are unhappy with the result of an assessment, talk to your assessor first to see if can resolve the issue. However, if you are still not happy, we have an Assessment Appeals Process, this can be accessed in our Student Handbook via a link in the footer of our website.

Further Information

In addition, the Student Handbook provides a guide to studying with us

Further information relevant to our assessment processes can be found in the Student Handbook or you can contact the office or your trainer for a hard copy. Topics include:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Credit Transfer (CT)
  • Student Support
  • Student Rights and Responsibility
  • Reasonable adjustment
  • Complaints and Assessment Appeals Procedure and Forms
  • Issuing Certificates and Statements of Attainment
  • Assessment Outcomes
  • Reasonable Adjustment
  • Submission of Assessments
  • Authenticity of work
  • Foundation Skills
  • COVID-19 Adaptive measures

You can visit the student information page on our website here

Specific Unit or Course Information

Complete details of the unit or course can be found at online at The Australian Government Department of Skills and Employment website here at https://training.gov.au/.

Unique Student Identifier Number (USI)

From 1 January 2015, anyone undertakes nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you have not yet applied for a USI, you will have to do so before attending training with us.

Finding your USI Number

From 1 January 2015 anyone undertaking nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you have not yet applied for a USI, you will need to do so prior to attending training with us. To apply or to check if you already have a USI number is a very quick and painless online process at the Australian Government website www.usi.gov.au. Follow the prompts as a student. Click here to apply on-line or check your USI number.

If you require help in obtaining one, please contact the office. If you are unable or choose not to provide an USI, or have an exemption granted under the Student Identifiers Act 2014, then your training outcome will not be recorded on your USI account and will not be available in future years as part of the authenticated USI transcript service.

The USI transcript service is provided by the Australian Government, not by International Paramedic College. They request we provide student information to them annually in January. We do not add that information to their register, they do it. Please read the information they provide on their site titled "When will my training appear".
https://www.usi.gov.au/documents/your-usi-transcript
If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have undertaken any registered training since 2015, you may already have a USI.

If you don’t have one, applying is easy.

Click here to find your USI

If you require help in obtaining one, please contact the office. If you are unable or choose not to provide a USI, or have an exemption granted under the Student Identifiers Act 2014. Then your training outcome will not be recorded on your USI account and will not be available in future years as part of the authenticated USI transcript service. More information is available about USI numbers on our website here.

Submission of answers

Complete the online assessment activities and upload any written documents outlining the skills and knowledge asked for. They will be marked, and any feedback provided to you by the system or at the practical session from your assessor.

If students you do not get a question(s) correct, you will have the opportunity to discuss the topic in class with your trainer and re-answer the question(s) at the end of class. Your trainer will give you another answer sheet if it is required or may submit your corrections online via our SMS. This can be done by the trainer asking you verbally for any corrections.

If you have any learning or physical needs that make reading or writing the answers to the questions difficult, please contact our office prior to class and we will discuss any reasonable adjustments we can make to facilitate you completing this task.

If students would like to ask any questions or be provided with additional feedback, our student management system allows you to summit and enquiry

Student Information

Important course information about your enrolment with International Paramedic College and our policies is always available on the student information page of our website here.

https://www.internationalparamediccollege.com.au/student-information/

We have a student services webpage that provides information for students here

Our student handbook, refunds, payment plans, terms, and conditions and our policies on are available in the footer of this website. Students can access these at any time. Information for students is provided in the student handbook or our FAQ page.

Review the student handbook provided by your IPC, which includes policies, procedures, and support services available to you.

Textbooks Required for CERT IV and Diploma Courses:

Our curriculum integrates a variety of learning materials, including essential textbooks, to establish a solid clinical foundation for our students.

“Clinical Skills for Paramedic Practice”
&
Paramedic Principles and Practice

It’s also strongly recommended you visit Micheal Eburns blog, who answers questions from emergency workers.

 

The Clinical Pathway Approach

We’ve designed a clinical pathway through the course units to build a foundational knowledge, upon which we expand to deepen your understanding of the human body and its functions, culminating in the development of critical clinical skills, particularly in patient assessment and communication—key elements in emergency patient management.

Please adhere to the recommended pathway to ensure a seamless online learning experience, aligned with the structure of your chosen qualification.

1. BSBMED301 Interpret and Apply Medical Terminology Appropriately

Dive into the essentials of medical terminology, pivotal for pre-hospital care. We integrate the latest ambulance protocols and clinical guidelines to equip you with the language critical for drafting case reports and communicating effectively with healthcare professionals. While it’s an introduction, you’ll acquire a foundational understanding which will be expanded upon throughout your training and career.

2. CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People

This vital unit focuses on developing cultural competence within paramedical practices. Understanding, respecting, and appropriately responding to the diverse values, beliefs, and attitudes encountered in emergency settings is crucial. Drawing from academic research on paramedic interactions in Victoria, this module addresses the nuanced challenges of servicing culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, emphasising the importance of clear communication and non-judgmental patient care to prevent adverse outcomes.

3. CHCLEG001 Work Legally and Ethically

Paramedics are often faced with challenging decisions under pressure. This unit explores the balance between clinical, ethical, and legal considerations in paramedic practice, emphasising the importance of professional integrity. It discusses the regulatory frameworks guiding healthcare professionals, underscoring the critical nature of ethical and legal responsibilities in patient care and public safety.

4. HLTINF006 Apply Basic Principles and Practices of Infection Prevention and Control

In light of recent global health crises, infection prevention and control have never been more relevant. This unit offers practical instruction on handwashing techniques, highlighting the ease of cross-contamination through engaging visual aids. It’s a fundamental aspect of healthcare that ensures the safety of both patients and practitioners.

5. CHCCCS020 Respond Effectively to Behaviours of Concern

Paramedics frequently encounter patients with challenging behaviours. This unit introduces strategies for de-escalation and effective adaptation, essential skills for managing diverse patient reactions in high-stress environments.

6. HLTWHS002 Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care

Focusing on Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) requirements, this unit provides straightforward guidance on safe practice in direct client care. Tailored with a paramedic perspective, it covers the essential principles of WHS, reinforcing the importance of safety in healthcare settings.

7. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety

Highlighting the significant health disparities faced by Indigenous Australians, this unit fosters an understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. It emphasises the importance of culturally safe practices in healthcare, advocating for respectful and non-judgmental patient interactions.

8. HLTWHS006 Manage Personal Stressors in the Work Environment

Paramedics face immense stress, necessitating effective self-care strategies. This unit encourages self-reflection and the utilisation of support systems to maintain a healthy and balanced professional life, crucial for long-term career sustainability in emergency care.

9. HLTOUT010 Communicate in Complex Situations to Support Health

Effective communication is key to successful scene management. This unit delves into the challenges of communication in emergency situations, emphasising the importance of clear, concise, and considerate exchanges between paramedics, patients, and bystanders to ensure optimal patient care and safety.

10. HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

Addressing the high incidence of back injuries among healthcare workers, this unit focuses on safe manual handling techniques. It advocates for patient and practitioner safety, introducing practical approaches to prevent injury during patient transfer and care.

11. HLTOUT009 Manage the Scene of a Major Incident

Beyond clinical care, paramedics play a crucial role in managing resources during major incidents. This unit explores the principles of triage and resource allocation, preparing you to make critical decisions that maximise positive outcomes in mass casualty events.

12. PUAEME008 Provide Pain Management

Introducing pharmacological pain management, this unit covers the essentials of drug administration, including indications, contraindications, and monitoring for adverse effects. It prepares you for informed decision-making in administering pain relief, an important aspect of patient care.

Medication Tips for Paramedics

In a coroner’s court, expect a savvy barrister to query, “Did you check the contraindications before administering this medication to my now-deceased client?” A confident “Yes, and it’s documented on the case sheet that the patient denied any history of contraindications,” supports your credibility. But, be prepared; the follow-up question often probes deeper: “What are the contraindications for this medication?” Failing to recall these details can significantly undermine your testimony and professional reliability. Learn to write them into your case reports.

My extensive experience in coroner’s courts has taught me the importance of thorough documentation. Recording contraindications on the case sheet not only safeguards you against potential oversight but also exemplifies the best clinical practice.

Whenever you document a patient’s medications, take the opportunity to research them later. This practice deepens your understanding of various drugs, their potential adverse effects, contraindications, and clinical signs to watch for, such as the ECG changes associated with Lanoxin toxicity. Remember, patients may not always understand why they’re prescribed certain medications. Unravelling the therapeutic intent behind their prescriptions can provide valuable insights into their health history. Always verify information directly with the patient, acknowledging that medications can serve multiple clinical purposes.

This method fosters a comprehensive learning framework in your mind, significantly enhancing your ability to connect and recall medicinal information. It’s an effective strategy for adult learning and professional development in paramedic practice. Embracing this approach will not only improve your clinical skills but also equip you with a deeper knowledge base to support patient care effectively.

13. CHCCCS019 Recognise and Respond to Crisis Situations

Focusing on mental health first aid, this unit is pivotal for early career paramedics. Understanding mental health crisis signs and triggers is essential for providing compassionate care and for personal well-being, highlighting the importance of mental health literacy in paramedical practice.

14. HLTAAP002 Confirm Physical Health Status

This unit offers a deep dive into anatomy and physiology (A&P), tailored for paramedic needs. Focusing on critical systems and pathophysiology, it equips you with the knowledge to perform focused patient assessments and make informed clinical decisions, essential for effective emergency care.

15. HLTOUT001 Implement Safe Access and Egress

Practical and focused, this unit trains you in safe practices for entering and exiting emergency scenes. It balances the need for swift action with safety considerations, ensuring patient and paramedic well-being during critical interventions.

16. HLTOUT008 Manage a Scene

Scene management is crucial in emergency care. This unit prioritises patient assessment as a fundamental skill, setting the stage for effective and efficient emergency response and care delivery.

17. HLTOUT005 Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care

As the capstone unit, this comprehensive module reinforces patient assessment techniques and standard clinical care delivery. Through detailed and repeated exercises, it solidifies the assessment framework in your mind, preparing you for confident and competent practice in the field.

Practical Training

Becoming a proficient paramedic transcends the realm of textbook learning, no matter the excellence of the material or the sharpness of one’s memory. Indeed, each scenario a paramedic faces demands a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. However, the essence of effective emergency medical practice also lies in interpreting diverse individuals and situations accurately. Examinations might test your ability to confidently recall information, yet clinical practice often presents scenarios where neither facts nor outcomes are clear-cut. To operate safely in the field, a paramedic must adeptly gather and assess information from patients, who may vary widely in gender, age, social background, and health conditions. The critical task then becomes to identify relevant data and integrate this with your comprehensive knowledge and skills to formulate an accurate diagnosis.

Mastering clinical reasoning is arguably the most challenging aspect for medical students. While individuals with a strong memory may find it easier to memorise facts about anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, true understanding and application of these disciplines come with time and practice. This begs the question: How does one apply this vast knowledge base in real-time patient care?

Our approach to practical training, followed by placement, is designed to immerse you in real-world clinical problem-solving. This method addresses a pivotal clinical inquiry: “How do you manage a condition without prior detailed knowledge of the disease responsible?”

Clinical reasoning remains a dynamic and intricate challenge. Traditional educational methodologies provide the foundational clues for solving clinical conundrums. However, paramedics in the field must prioritise and analyze these clues to make informed decisions swiftly.

To equip you with this essential skill, we offer a comprehensive series of webinars/videos alongside a practical primer package, to be completed in preparation for your practical course attendance.

We are keen to hear from you after your training. Your feedback on whether this training has catalysed a significant shift in your clinical reasoning and practice is invaluable to us.

Equipment Training

Mastering the operation of diverse medical equipment is a straightforward process, though it’s crucial to acknowledge that medical technology and apparatus are ever-evolving. Over my four decades in the field, I’ve witnessed countless updates and modifications to leg splints, monitors, and other essential tools. Thus, the key skill is not just in knowing how to use a specific piece of equipment at a given time, but understanding when and why to use it. This adaptability and the ability to interpret the functionality and application of various medical devices are fundamental. For a more in-depth insight into our approach to paramedic training and the importance of equipment proficiency within it, further information is available on our philosophy of paramedic training page.

The one constant in emergency medicine is change

In emergency medicine, adaptability is key due to the constant evolution of equipment and practices. Training as a medic focuses on acquiring a versatile skill set and applying a consistent approach across various scenarios, rather than just learning to use specific equipment. This adaptability is crucial, as evidence-based practice and technological advancements continually reshape emergency medicine. Our program builds a foundational knowledge base, then introduces a systematic approach to patient management that prepares you for change.

Before practical training, we provide extensive pre-course materials on medical protocols, procedures, and pharmacology to ensure familiarity with essential medications. Additionally, we offer online webinars and live Q&A sessions with experienced paramedics to enhance your learning experience at no extra cost. This preparation aims to equip you with a methodical strategy for managing any emergency, emphasising the importance of routine mastery.

Key areas covered include:

Skills Stations/Equipment

Patient Assessment

Trauma Cases

Medical Cases

Environmental Cases

Pharmacology relevant to your scope of practice

Clinical placements offer hands-on experience, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world settings. This comprehensive training, combining theory and practice, prepares you for a career in paramedical and pre-hospital care. We also provide opportunities for international placements, requiring a minimum of 160 hours of workplace attendance.

Keep updated with the latest information on placements and practical training opportunities through our student news section.

Student Training & Education Legal Issues

Students must note that the ability to perform specific skills, protocols, or procedures outlined in your training program hinges on the authorisation granted by clinicians affiliated with the organisation. It is the employers, not the training entities, who define the scope of practice or clinical guidelines shaping your clinical activities in the workplace.

The curriculum, including information and learning materials, focuses on general pre-hospital care principles and guidelines intended to enrich practice knowledge. It’s important to acknowledge that the applicability of this training might vary across different jurisdictions, and the guidance provided here does not aim for practitioner accreditation.

Given the rapid evolution of medical information, students are encouraged to consult directly with drug manufacturers and stay updated with the latest clinical protocols, procedures, and advice from pharmacologists.

Our training programs cater to a global audience, recognising that laws and regulations regarding emergency medical authorisations differ significantly from one region to another. Consequently, this course cannot offer comprehensive legal advice applicable to every workplace or location. This content serves as general guidance only; when legal uncertainties arise, seeking professional legal counsel is always recommended.

Please be aware that while our training materials are sourced from credible authorities, they are subject to updates and revisions. Always refer to the most current protocols, administration guidelines, and safety data for the use and management of any medical drug or procedure.

Tech Support and Disclaimer

Our system facilitates direct contact for any technical issues you may encounter. When reaching out, please attach a screenshot along with details of the specific unit or assessment activity, and any additional information that could aid in resolving the issue.

Upon receiving your query, we will lodge a ticket for our student management system team to review and address.

Experience shows that many common problems can be effectively resolved by simply refreshing your screen, logging out and then logging back in, or adhering to the prescribed clinical pathway. We recommend attempting these steps as your initial troubleshooting effort.

The Assessment Process – Introduction

As a participant in International Paramedic College’s (IPC) comprehensive courses, you’re granted access to an extensive array of learning materials essential for your success. Before embarking on any assessment tasks, it’s imperative that you’re familiar with these resources, some of which may include essential textbooks.

You’ll be informed of any specific materials or resources necessary for your assessment tasks ahead of time.

At IPC, we employ a diverse set of assessment methodologies designed to evaluate your knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course unit. These methods typically include:

Knowledge assessments via multiple-choice or short-answer queries

Practical evaluations through video submissions or direct observation

Understanding Competency-Based Assessment

Competency-based assessment is a systematic approach to validate that learners can exhibit the necessary skills and knowledge for their enrolled unit or course. This model requires participants to demonstrate proficiency in all designated assessment activities. Unlike traditional grading systems, competency-based assessment strictly categorises outcomes as either competent or not yet competent.

To achieve a competent status, participants must successfully meet the criteria for all assessment activities. Should you struggle to answer a question satisfactorily, the initial attempt is considered not satisfactory. In instances where competency is not demonstrated, assessors will guide you towards additional training opportunities and schedule a re-assessment at an appropriate time, possibly after practical session observations. Online units may offer the chance to revisit learning materials before reattempting the task. Practical video assessments are also incorporated.

Should there be any challenges in demonstrating competency across any assessment area, you will undergo a re-assessment process. This may involve performing a specific skill, answering further questions, or submitting additional information. IPC provides up to three (3) opportunities for re-assessment without additional charges. Should competency not be achieved after these attempts, re-enrolment in the unit(s) may be necessary. We acknowledge that technological issues, including screen timeouts and connectivity problems, can impact assessments, hence the provision for multiple attempts. We encourage you to communicate any specific difficulties encountered for consideration and support.

Plagiarism and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) programs

International Paramedic College (IPC) is committed to fostering a positive learning environment and nurturing strong relationships with our students. We aim for clarity regarding tasks and behavioural expectations to mitigate anxiety and prevent academic misconduct.

Authentic assessments are designed for students to undertake tasks that reflect real-world challenges, thereby demonstrating the practical application of essential knowledge and skills. Such tasks mirror those encountered in actual workplace settings, allowing for the use of diverse reference materials, expert consultations, and supervisory guidance (Sridharan & Mustard, 2015, p.4).

Plagiarism, the act of using another’s ideas, writings, or inventions as one’s own without proper acknowledgement, is a serious offence that may lead to exclusion from a unit or course. Should you be uncertain about incorporating the work of others in your assessments, you are encouraged to seek advice from your trainer.

Acts that may constitute plagiarism include:

Presenting someone else’s work as your own, even unintentionally.

Submitting assignments that are significantly similar to, or copied from, another student’s work.

Claiming the work of another individual or group as your own.

Failing to properly acknowledge, or reference sources used in assessments, including content sourced from the internet.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) generated responses in assessment tasks without explicit instruction to do so.

As part of IPC’s terms and conditions, students are required to affirm that they will not utilise AI platforms, tools, or homework help websites for completing assessment tasks, acknowledging that such actions contravene IPC’s plagiarism policy.

Furthermore, students are prohibited from sharing assessment answers or any intellectual property with others or on any AI platform, tool, or homework help website, as this constitutes a breach of our policy.

By adhering to these guidelines, IPC students maintain the integrity of their educational journey, ensuring that their learning experience is both authentic and reflective of IPC’s commitment to excellence in paramedic education.

Reviews of students’ assessments submissions will be made and if the use of AI type programs or references that appear outside the learning materials and textbooks, we may ask that students resubmit work to us or reference their sources.

Here is a link to the full plagiarism policy

Adapting to Individual Workplaces in Training

Understanding that student experiences and the context of their workplaces significantly vary, we acknowledge that the submissions, including answers, information, and projects, will naturally differ among students. We encourage the integration of assessment requirements within your specific workplace context wherever feasible. Our evaluation process is designed to assess your personal demonstration of the required skills and knowledge for a particular unit, rather than comparing your performance against others. It’s essential to recognise that clinical practice guidelines, protocols, procedures, and the scope of practice can differ across various states and workplaces.

To ensure assessments are relevant and applicable, your assessor, alongside your supervisor (should you be employed), will engage with you at the onset of each unit. This collaborative approach aims to identify suitable workplace activities or projects that align with the assessment tasks, potentially involving a review of any applicable Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) or workplace procedures. Should your workplace lack the necessary documentation, resources, or equipment required for certain training and assessment activities, generic examples will be made available to facilitate your learning.

Moreover, when work samples form part of the assessment, you’re encouraged to utilise the templates, forms, checklists, and policies specific to your workplace. In instances where these are unavailable, generic versions will be provided by us. This approach ensures that while our assessments maintain a standard for evaluating core competencies, they also accommodate the varied professional settings in which our students operate.

Work Samples – Case Reports Guidelines

Work samples, particularly case reports, are crucial documents reflective of professional activities within the workplace or crafted in a manner suitable for the workplace context. It’s imperative to ensure the confidentiality of all involved parties, including employers, clients, and others, is strictly upheld in all work samples.

Should you need to submit actual workplace documents as part of your assessment, obtaining written permission from all relevant personnel is mandatory. This approval must accompany the submitted documents. The principle of maintaining confidentiality extends to every aspect of these documents, safeguarding the privacy of employers, clients, and any other individuals mentioned.

Evidence supporting your case reports can be diverse, sourced from various methods and perspectives.

When indirect evidence is utilised, or if evidence is gathered through third parties, adherence to established standards is non-negotiable. This guideline is in line with clause 1.8 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. For a comprehensive understanding of assessment requirements and the specifics of clause 1.8, the Users’ Guide to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 is an invaluable resource.

Assessment Information for Students

Candidates wishing to retain a copy of their submitted assessment must photocopy it before submission. Should you need additional space for any activity, please clearly indicate the relevant assessment section or question being addressed. Be aware that all submitted assessments will be stored in our Student Management System (SMS) in line with our document retention policy and will not be returned.

Ensure you complete your name, signature, date, and attach a cover page to any written assessments, clearly stating the included activities.

Alternative Assessment and Activity Adjustments

Should you encounter difficulties completing an activity or propose a workplace-relevant alternative that satisfies unit requirements, we encourage discussion with your Assessor or the IPC team for guidance.

Foundation Skills in Assessments

Assessment tasks incorporate Foundation Skills, assessing your language, literacy, numeracy, and employment skills alongside the unit’s required knowledge and skills.

Achieving Competency

To be deemed competent, successful completion of all assessment activities is required.

Assessment Outcomes

Assessment tasks are marked as either Satisfactory (S) or Not Yet Satisfactory (NYS). A final status of Competent (C) or Not Yet Competent (NYC) is assigned upon completing all tasks. Results for knowledge-based activities are provided online or at the start of practical sessions, with opportunities for reassessment offered for unsatisfactory tasks.

Reasonable Adjustment for Learning Difficulties

Our enrolment process requires disclosing any learning or physical difficulties that might affect training outcomes, including language, literacy, or numeracy challenges. Discuss any needs with your assessor for potential assessment adjustments, ensuring no undue hardship is caused to the RTO and adjustments are within training package rules.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Assessment Appeals

RPL acknowledges competencies from formal training, work experience, or life experience. Discuss potential RPL with your assessor for detailed guidance. If dissatisfied with an assessment result, initially consult your assessor. Unresolved issues can be addressed through our Assessment Appeals Process, detailed in the Student Handbook.

Additional Information

For comprehensive details on assessment processes, RPL, student support, and more, refer to the Student Handbook or you can contact the office or your trainer for a hard copy. Topics include:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer (CT)

Student Support

Student Rights and Responsibility

Reasonable adjustment

Complaints and Assessment Appeals Procedure and Forms

Issuing Certificates and Statements of Attainment

Assessment Outcomes

Reasonable Adjustment

Submission of Assessments

Authenticity of work

Foundation Skills

COVID-19 Adaptive measures

Unique Student Identifier (USI) Requirement

Starting from 1 January 2015, all individuals enrolling in nationally recognised training provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you haven’t applied for your USI yet, it’s essential to do so before commencing your training with us. The application or verification of your USI is a straightforward and quick process, accessible through the Australian Government’s website at www.usi.gov.au. Simply follow the instructions designated for students to either apply for or verify your USI.

Should you need assistance with obtaining your USI, feel free to reach out to our office for support. Please be aware, if you opt not to provide a USI, or if you are exempt under the Student Identifiers Act 2014, the achievements from your training will not be recorded in your USI account, nor will they be accessible in the future through the authenticated USI transcript service.

The USI transcript service, managed by the Australian Government and not by International Paramedic College, requires us to submit student information annually in January. This submission process is handled by them, ensuring your training records are updated on their system. For detailed information on when and how your training will be reflected in your USI transcript, please visit: https://www.usi.gov.au/documents/your-usi-transcript.

For any questions or further assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Submission of Assessments

Complete and submit online assessments as instructed. If corrections are needed, opportunities for discussion and resubmission will be provided during class or as arranged with our administration team.

For any queries or further assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Craig Nolan MACPara

CEO

B.Clinical Practice (Paramedic), Dip. Ed. (UTS)

Standard Training Plan

The following training plans allow you to progress through the various certificate levels with no extra time or cost and gain valuable qualifications and experience as you go

Optional extras at practical training

You can choose to include the following certifications in the Cert IV/Diploma practical course for a modest additional fee

Transport Units

HLTOUT007 Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions

HLTOUT006 Transport emergency patients

HLTSS00068 Occupational First Aid Skill Set (occupational first aid certificate)

Which includes the following units of competency

HLTAID009 Provide CPR

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

HLTAID014 Provide advanced First Aid

HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy*

HLTAID016 Manage First Aid services and resources