How do I become a paramedic in South Africa?

Do you consider becoming a paramedic? Many have raised this question in emails to the Arrive Alive website, and I believe it might be important to raise further awareness on this important occupation. The paramedics are those people who are faced with trauma daily in their efforts to help others in life threatening situations.

Their training, response and professionalism might not only save lives - but will also have an impact on so many medical, disability and life insurance claims.

I have asked Emergency Medical Response specialists and website partner ER24 to assist in answering this important question:

Background on Paramedic Courses:

There are currently numerous options on how to become a paramedic.

In order to work on an ambulance you have to have at least BAA (Basic Ambulance Assistant) qualification and be registered with the HPCSA. Over and above the BAA you can later enrol for AEA and CAA/Btech EMC.

There are two ways to become and Advanced Life Support Paramedic, via short courses or the full four year BTech Degree.

You can enrol for BAA at an accredited academy in your area. Once you passed this four week course you have to be active for approximately 1000 hours or six months. From here you can enrol for AEA, which is the next level. This course is approximately four months. Again you have to practise for 1000 hours or six months before you can enrol for the ALS course. The ALS course is one of your most Advanced courses. The course lasts for approximately nine months full time.

You can also take a once-off route to become ALS. The University of Cape Town offers the BTech Emergency Medical Care. This is four years full time. You can enrol straight after school.

You can also have a look at and download the protocols of the different levels in order to view their capabilities. Please remember there are other Emergency Courses you can do as well. A fairly new qualification, ECT is also available. Unfortunately the ECT course is not presented by all the academies. The ECT course is two years and you have the option to bridge into the Btech degree once you have passed the ECT course.

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88 comments “How do I become a paramedic in South Africa?”

im 29 yrs young and i wil like to become a paramedic but my problem is i dont have metric but i have my licence so what i will like to know is can i qulify to be a paramedic in south africa? please someone help me about the information. u can sms me on this number 0785692301 thank you.


I would like to pursue a career in paramedics. However I do have a code 10 driving license and I did my Matric in 2008..How do I go about applying for it??


could someone please give me names of universities that do paramedic degrees?

thank you.
Tamara Le Roux

Hy am 20 years and i want to do paramedicz at south africa nd i did matriculated last year i wanna know where would i find the college or university at pretoria for a course reply me on 0766294690

hallo. my name is mandia. i am 29 years old. i would like to become a paramedic. where do i apply? do you have courses in bloemfontein? it would be nice if i can get some information and where to apply, i would like to start as soon as possible.

Hi I am Chantal I would like to know if it is possible for me to finish my Ect course because I did my final exam within the military (SAMHS) but unfortunately I failed my patient simulation.I passed my theori and my osce,s.

Halo I’m Gladwin. I see you did the ECT course but didn’t complete it. I’m in my matrix year and also want to do ECT. Can you please give me info on the course like ; the cost, how the training is, fitness training and so on. I will really appreciate it if you can help me.
Thank you!


Its 11500 with net care

Hi my name is Yuvarajh , I am 30 years old and would love to become a paramedic , I do not have a metric qualification , I do have a code 11 drivers license and prDP please advise me if I can qualify or get onto any program in the paramedic field , please notify me via the following.
Email :
Cell no : 084 0390 246. Many thanks
Yuvarajh Singh

hi my name is daniel i want to know if is possible for me to do paramadics even i dont have my matric?

Can somebody tell me the full cost of paramedic training

hi im dolly mashinini i will like to become a paramedics i pass my matric in 2003 and i have code (10) licence please help .

Hi guys i want to do paramedic course but i don’t have any information about requirements, costs and training colleges. Please give me information guys.


I’m Registered General Nurse in Zimbabwe with more than 10years experience.I want to pursue a career as paramedic and I want to know how I will go about it

i would like to be a paramedic but i dont know where to study, and i need a application form. I would like to start next year earlier, so anyone who can offer help please sms me on 0743274788 or email me on

Hi i would like to become a paramedic but i didn’t pwss my matric is it possible and how do i go qbout it

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Hi I am a 24 years old woman interested in a 6 months course in pursuit of being a paramedic,I am based in limpopo.wat r the instutions that. I can enroll @ and how much is d tuition fee?

I also have a problem of not having my matric and i need to be a helper in south africa doing parametics am still young please help 0764079897 there are my numbers

i just finished my matric last year and so i want to persue paramedic as a career. I need information on where can i go and what is it that is required for me to get there.

i want to study paramedic and save lives, as soon as possible if only someone could help me i have Matric and i did Peer Education. 084 845 7349.

How much will it cost me to become paramedic

I have matric and would like to become a paramedic but I dont know where to study,Im in Bloemfontein.Contact me at 0718384092 or

Hi Im Francis frm GHANA, I hv my SSSCE whc is equivalent 2 Metric. I also hv ma Code 10 drivers Licence. I desire 2 become a Paramedic, im now in SOUTH AFRICA, what r the other pre-requisits? 0834641318

I’m a 24year old female who would like to become a paramedic. What I’d like to know is which are the best place to enrol for the courses mentioned in the article and how much the courses cost?

I’m a 24year old female who would like to become a paramedic. What I’d like to know is which are the best place to enrol for the courses mentioned in the article and how much the courses cost?
Thankyou nam is waewen im 20yrs…i dont have my matric…have an c symbol in math and i want to be a paramedic…

Hi i jst finished my matric and i would like to become a paramedic,my problem is that i do not have a driver’s nor funding..please help.

if you want to become a paramedic you can contact a college in Pretoria which has Bursaries available. 012 356 8000
lebone College of Emergency care. or just google them

Hi my name is phumla I would like to do paramedic course can you please provide me with information including the place where I can register & how much it will cost , you can email me the information.

Hi I do not have a metric, however I am registering in August to do it. Is it possible for me to enroll to study to be a paramedic. please reply to me on my email: Thank you

Hi my name is Bianca Seekoei, I’m currently working at the Hospital in the Lab but I need a new challenge now that is the reason I would like to be a paramedic

I would like to know wat qualification do I need to do paramedic course? Pls email me fliziwe@gmail. Thanx

Hi….iwanna knw hw do i become a paramedic…..idont have grade 12….hw much is it coast where icn get training academy….am frm eastern cape… plz…irealy nid to become a paramedic……contact me on…..0736168894……if you have an information about that

my name is koketso Lazarus mahlang
im in grade 11c nd i have been interested in paramedi since i was born so u wanna save
people live nd im concern abt being a paramedic coz i have skills nd hope that my job will successfull now i have code 10 of drivers licences so im busy working hard at school to reach my career so wait for me to finish my metric nd i also nid to know where to study

I want to start training and going for corses at er 24 but need to know if i can do it with out matric please let me know
here is my email and number

I am Babalo mtshengu i have an interest for being an paramedic.I’ve pass my metric requirements are (NSC) and computer literacy.

hi am muzi.ive recently quailified as a bba .i have my code 10 lic and part tym voluntarying in a fire station however am looking for a better opportunity to futher my career as a paramedic working in a private sector please hope me out how you can!
May God Bless You

i am 39 yrs old,i would like to be a paramedic,i don`t have matric or drivers licence,is it possible? how do i go about it?

Am 18 yrz old matriculated 2012 hv code10 drivez licence i hv no wrk experience

Hi my name is zama I would to do be a paramedic but I don’t have. Metric,please help me

Im phumzile ndhlovu im 25 yrs old i’ve passed my matric on 2007 nd i hv a code 10 drivers licence.i wnt 2 bcome a paramedic nd i need help plz nd info.

Hi my name is nontobeko i have finished my BAA course and i have done my volluntering in two different companies i am currently unemployed.i would like to do an ILS but i dont have any funds please i need someone who can help me please contact me on 0834374053

Hi I have got code C1 drivers license I would like to knw where can I do paramedic cources I’m staying in wester cape please help me I ololso need to knw how much wil it cost me thnk u

Hy anyone who can help me i want to do my paramedic and i dnt have matric so how can i apply……here are my numbr 073 230 2324 or please

lookin forward to study paramedic but i hv matric with no license, do i gualify?

I m 29 yrs old I want to do a paramedics I m staying in Umtata, I need help dnt know where 2 start, u cn sms m in ds numba 0780622814

Hi my name is L.Gantsho and I’m currently working at CTIA as a Passengers Aid Unit Co-ordinator and I’m looking forward for this field as I am dealing with all sorts of passengers in and out through airport.Would you please inform me what do I need to qualify or to do or where must I do this course as I am looking forward for this challenge,please,my number is 082 080 1630,thank you.

Anyone who can help me to study basic ambulance assistant course can contact me @ 0824303660 i want to be a paramedic i have matric first aid my name is matshidiso sekhosana in matatiele?

Hi,am siyabulela i want to do a paramedic but i dont have grade how can i apply……here’s my number 0846261546

hi is it possible for me to become a paramedic even if i don’t have matric?

My name is tshepo i would like to persue a career as a lifesaver,i completed matric in 2010 but i dont have driver’s license nor funds.where can i apply for a bursary or study loan?because academies like netcare dont offer any form of funds to student.i wish to study BAA earlier next year…here are my numbers u may snd info to:0761490600

hi my name is nonhlanhla nhlabathi. I am a 23years gal. I need some help i want 2 be a paramedic .i dnt knw whr 2 start coz i dnt hv money. I have passed ma matric n i hv a learners licence no licence so any1 who cn help me achieve ma dream plz cl me at 0747705790 or email me on help plz may god bless you

I like to be a paramedic but my problem is that I don’t have matric.can that happen

Hi im samuel i nid some1 2 assist me with funds 2 study paramedic.i have code c1 and matric also exp in driving.u can contact me on 0766321842 or mail

Hi my name is Bongeka I’m 27 years old I would like to be a paramedic can anyone help me by telling me where can I go to find all the information about the fees I live in cape town

Hi my name is mbali,my sister want 2 become a paramedic,she doing grade 12 this year,she willing too,but have no idea about schools,please help me to find school and the cost.Email me at

Hi everyone my is Mthokozelwa Mbanjwa. I’m 23 year old. I have matrix , BAA certificate and licence code 10 now i’m struggling job. Plz guyz give a right journey that wll lead me to success. My No. 0739824000. Facebook Mthoko Khathini.

hey my name is kgaogelo I’m 19yrs old and have a passion for paramedic.I have my matric but my problem is that I do not have funding ! are the bursaries in this field?

Hi, my name is zanele ntshanka,im 23 yrs old female.i live in Rustenburg,i want 2. Pursue a career in paramedic,i have matric,i don’t have driver’s licence ,im unemployed,plz i need a help 4rm u guys ,any infor contact mi on: 0785338694 even if there is a bursary in this field plz send an application forms 2 this

I’m nelly currently in grd12 I wanna become paramedic cos I lyk saving peoples lyf so I wanna knw whr cn I do my BAA course n I wanna knw dat de is basaries dat available I’m 18yrs I dnt hv license I’m frm limpopo at tzaneen

I just need more infor my number is 0723158313 I’m available anytym

Im so interested i being a paramedic, is it possible 2 enrol a paramedics though i dnt have matric?

My name is mary,i 28 yrs old . I am currently at private hospital at pta.but i need challenge now,my dream is to be life saver.i have code 1o driving licence.i just english and afrikaans biology(life science) at grd 12,please help me i want to be paramedic,here is my contact =0795974466

Hi. I would like to do Paramedic soon. I have metric and drivers license code 10 with PRDP valid. Plz contact me 0723853569. From KwaZula Natal.

I dont have an complan i jst want to say i want 2 be paramedic to can u help me 0763630705

Hi, I’m a 24 year old, matriculated in 2008, I was previously doing a Bcom in Accounting but decided that it wasn’t for me, unfortunately I do not have the funding to become a paramedic. I was wondering if there is any possible way of volunteering with a government department such as the fire department in order to achieve the goal of becoming a fully qualified paramedic, atleast at the basic level of BAA. I have tried to find out myself but have not gotten very far, I implore any and all to please help, I believe that being a Paramedic is my calling, along has having the opportunity of possibly saving lives. Any information will be helpful and greatly appreciated. My cell number is 072 519 2829 and my Email address :
I have heard that it is possible to approach the SAPS and//or the Military to study but somehow it feels as if there is vast controversy and contradiction the the information ive found. Thank you and May you all have a lovely and entertaining holiday this December, and may it snow!

Hi im Dipontsho Mokobi,im 21 years old,and will like to do the paramedic course iv matriculated 2011,the thing is i dont have code10 liecense and will like to know how small or big are my chances.will be happy if you respond back to me with an sms on 0718094211.

Hi I’m dk I failed grade 12 I want to do paramedic any info
My number is 0790167233

helo my name is sifiso sibiza from daveyton.i have a matric an i dont have driving licence.i want to be a paramedic

i want a b a paramedic bt ididnt pass matric so nw i hv a licence plz help me so dat i wll assist others contact 0762506561 plz ppl lyf z hard awtsyd

hi,im Sifiso Vilakazi and im 19 years,i passed my matric this year with Diploma,now im working on drivers licence ,so i want to study paramedic, the problem is that i don’t have any infor about it,i need to know where i should go and how much it cost to do it,whats is it duration.can someone please help me with the infor.

iam nkululeko sandlana i want to know if its possible for me yo study for a paramedic course i dont have a matric am willing to pay the cost of the fees if there is no bursary you can reply by message 0736173215

Hy my name is lerato I will like to know about paramedic stuff because I want to do it,I want to know that how much to do that course

Hi I’m Reatlegile I have a passion of becoming Paramedic bt I only have grade 11 report and I’m 18 years old pls give me some advice at 0789399095

I have my matric and code10 drivers licence, and I’d love to pursue a career as a paramedic, I want to enroll at University of johannesburg, but my concern is what school subjects must I have completed because I did commercial subjects( Tourism,business studies and consumer). Do they require Life science and physical science? And if they do what other alternatives do I have?

i am lebalang sekhwama,i have completed my matric in 2013 and pass with diploma,i want to do paramedic,as it was dream to save people’s lives,my problems are.. I did maths literacy and i dont have driver’s licnc…help me out please..0616219070 or JAILOUR.SEKHWAMA@NOKIAMAIL.COM.

Hi. My name is Madillo I would like to be a paramedic but I don’t know where to apply fo it and the costs. Pls reply me on this numbers 0789917612

Pls help me I really love paramedics I don’t have metric where can I start u can SMS me on 0739229799

Hi i’m 22 year old male from limpopo but i have only matric certificate and how to become Er24 (paramedic) so i don’t know how to do ,somebody please help me and here is my contacts 0794037707

Hi i am interested in this industry paramedic. I have code 10 ( c1 ) drivers licence and matric. My contact number is 0780306754 / 0794018579

hi i really want to go and study paramedic. I lived in the western cape, where do i apply, can u please give me colleges names where i can apply, and or telephone numbers or email addresses. i would really appreciate it if i would hear from u soon.

sorry my phone number is 060 526 4272 and email address is thanx

h,am evidence from durban,am verty interested in becomin a paramedic but i dont have matric,is it possible for me?i have code 10 drives licence.if its posible whe can i find a school for training and how much do they number is 076 085 0930, my email is plz reply me as soon as posibl rll nid dis info.tnks

Hy am stil in skul am doing matric am 19 I would like to knw wher to go to study paramedic….u can reply on 0734887309

Hi I’m 20 years and currently doing my matric,I would really love to get into paramedics next year. can any one please help me get information on which university or collage I can go to or get forms you can contact me on -0788648108

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