North West Private Ambulance Training College

The North West Province (NWP) Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) College is responsible for emergency care training for staff from the North West Province.

North West Private Ambulance Training College Courses Offered

Currently, the ECT course is the main focus for EMRS College. The course is presented for in-service staff and school leavers by the tertiary wing.

The entry requirements for the ECT program are;

A matric certificate,

A valid driving license

A residency in the NWP for school leavers.

Selection criteria used include a literacy and numeracy test followed by a physical fitness test.

Application Procedure

To apply for the course, an entry form needs to be completed that are available from the College. Once qualified learners need to work back two years for the NWP.

The ECT qualification is a two year NQF level 5 qualification. Learners completing this course register as an Advance Life Support Paramedic.

After a bridging course, ECT’s can study another 2 years to receive their degree in Emergency Medical Care.


Besides the ECT course, the College also offers rescue training. The vision of the rescue wing is to produce a group of Advanced Rescue Practitioners every year. Currently, the College presents the Rescue Practitioner qualification that consists of high angle 1, vehicle rescue and fire search and rescue courses. The college also presents the aviation rescue, aquatic rescue, confined space rescue, hazmat rescue, high angle 2 rescue, industrial rescue, structural collapse rescue, trench rescue and the wilderness search and rescue courses. A person who has done all 12 the rescue courses are called an Advance Rescue Practitioner.


Except for the ECT and rescue courses the College also presents other medical courses, which are co-ordinated by the third wing, the medical wing.

The vision of the medical wing is to develop and refresh the EMRS personnel and to offer health care training for health care providers in the province.

Some of the courses presented are the B.E.S.T. (Basic Emergency Skills Training) course from Australia, which is presented for doctors and Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedics, the Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers course for doctors, nurses and emergency care practitioners, the Pre-Hospital Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) course for EMS staff and the Hospital MIMMS course for all Hospital staff.

Refresher training for EMS staff is also presented on a regular basis. The College also offers the most comprehensive Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program for EMS staff in the country. All of this training is presented free of charge. Interested staff members can contact the College for more details.