Ambulance Technician


Ambulance Technicians deliver high-quality pre-hospital care by providing treatment and transportation of all types of patient. They provide a front-line response to accidents and emergency incidents, including 999 calls.

They provide immediate care to patients right across Scotland, often in their most vulnerable state and in very difficult and challenging environments. They will be able to show compassion and empathy and be able to deal with the difficult situations that we have to respond to. Most importantly, they need to be able to keep calm under pressure, make good decisions and take control.

The role

All Ambulance Technicians work as part of the wider emergency team which could include Paramedics, other Technicians or Ambulance Care Assistants to assess and treat a wide range of patients in a wide range of settings.

Skills and abilities

Useful skills include:

  • able to work well in a team
  • willing to take responsibility
  • able to remain calm in emergencies
  • good interpersonal skills
  • good communication skills

Useful abilities include:

  • flexibility
  • reliability
  • ability to take decisions in difficult situations

Entry Requirements

All candidates will be required to satisfy the following recruitment and entry requirements:

  • A Minimum SCQF Level 4 in a Mathematics and an English language qualification. Typically, this is National 4 or Standard Grade Level 4 or above. A full guide to the qualifications is available on the Scottish Ambulance Service website.
  • A full driving licence with no more than three penalty points
  • An Occupational Fitness Test
  • Occupational Health Screening
  • Satisfactory application to the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland
  • Reference process

You will also need to have attained a full C1 driving licence by the time you start with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Whilst not an essential criteria, previous experience in a caring environment would be an advantage, but equally, volunteer work or working with your community would be beneficial.

To qualify as an Ambulance Technician, you will need to pass the Diploma in Emergency Care Support at SCQF Level 6 and the Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners. You will also need to successfully undertake an Emergency Driving Response course.

Technicians are trained through a bespoke internal education programme. Technicians are employed by the Service from day one and undertake training whilst also carrying out the role of Technician.

Find out about the recruitment process and how you can become an Ambulance Technician on the Scottish Ambulance Service website.

Learning and Development

The Ambulance Technician role could be the first step to becoming an Ambulance Paramedic.

Once qualified as a Technician, you will be eligible to apply for further development as a fully qualified Paramedic and then progress to other roles across the service, including specialist clinical roles and managerial roles.

To become a Paramedic, you will need to apply for another year of training and undertake the Diploma in Paramedic Practice. This is delivered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, but as with the Technician training, trainees maintain their role throughout the training period.