Information and Application Process

Information and Application Process

COPR May 13, 2020 Entry to Practice Examination and Coronavirus (COVID -19) – update 03.27.20
The COPR Entry to Practice Examination scheduled for May 13, 2020 has been postponed to May 27th. On the 27th, the examination will be delivered using virtual proctoring. More information will be made available in the coming days. We kindly ask you to be patient with us during this time of change and refrain from telephoning COPR or the provincial regulators until more information is made available. We are working on developing information on virtual proctoring for candidates who wish to write the examination under this modality. 

The COPR Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Entry to Practice Examinations are used in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The examinations are based on the 2011 National Occupation Competency Profile (NOCP).

COPR Examination Handbook

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

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

Application Process

Application to become registered for the COPR Examination is a two-step process.

Steps to apply for the Examination Deadline to complete application activity
1. Candidates apply for the COPR Examination through a provincial regulator (links provided below). Payment is not required at the time of application. Approximately seven (7) weeks prior to the examination. To view the actual application deadlines, refer to the respective provincial regulator.
2. Yardstick Testing Agency Inc. will email the candidate regarding payment instructions and how to reserve his/her seat and location. The candidate payment and booking window opens five (5) weeks prior to the examination and closes four (4) weeks prior to the examination.

Candidates are not required to have successfully completed their course of study to apply for the examination. Proof of successful completion of a full course of study must be provided to the respective provincial regulator fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the examination date.

To apply for the COPR examination, click on the following link by province.

Examination Fees

The fee for each attempt is $650.00 plus applicable taxes. Payment can be made online using VISA, MasterCard, or American Express.  A receipt will be provided to candidates following payment. If the receipt is misplaced, a replacement receipt can be requested by emailing the COPR Examination Manager at exam@copr.ca. A $25.00 administrative fee will be charged for a replacement receipt.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be provided to candidates who cancel their COPR Examination registration, or who have not satisfied the registration pre-requisites 14 calendar days prior to the examination based on the following:

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

Failure to take the Examination

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

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

Click here to view the COPR Examination Purchase Refund Policy.

Testing Accommodation

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

To request a testing accommodation for a physical, cognitive or other protected characteristic, the following electronic forms must be completed and submitted directly to the COPR Examination Manager. The application form is to be submitted by the candidate and the Examination Disability Information Form is to be submitted by a Qualified Regulated Health Professional. Requests for accommodation are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Accommodation Application Form (to be submitted by the candidate)
Examination Disability Form (to be submitted by a Qualified, Regulated Health Professional)

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

Click here to view COPR’s Testing Accommodation Policy.

Review of Examination Results and Appeal Process

Manual Verification of Results

Unsuccessful candidates can request a manual verification of their results whereby a manual review of the questions and responses would be conducted to confirm the exam score. The fee for this manual verification is $200.00 (+tax) and is non-refundable. An application for manual verification of results may be made to COPR within forty-five (45) calendar days from the date of receipt of the examination results. Candidates can submit a request by emailing the COPR Examination Manager at exam@copr.ca to have this service conducted.

Formal Review

A candidate, who has failed the COPR Entry to Practice Examination, may request a formal review of their exam to the Chair of COPR Examination Committee.  A candidate’s examination results may be reviewed only based on suspected irregularities in the examination process, and not because of alleged errors in content of the examination. The content of an examination is not subject for review at the request of the candidate either singly or as a group. A request to review the examination results based on process must present evidence that the alleged irregularity materially affected the candidate’s performance. The existence of irregularities is in itself not sufficient to reverse the results of the examination. An application for Formal Review may be made to COPR within forty-five (45) calendar days from the date of receipt of the examination results. Candidates can submit a request by emailing the COPR Examination Manager at exam@copr.ca.

Formal Appeal

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

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

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

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

Click here to view the COPR Examination Review Policy.

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