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.

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

To apply for the Scottish Ambulance Service vocational Technician Training Programme, you will need SQA National 4 English and Maths (or equivalent qualifications, for example, a pass at Standard Grade or an SVQ at SCQF level 4).

Traineees will also need to pass a fitness test as part of the selection process.

You will also need to become a member of the PVG scheme and have attained a full C1 driving licence by the time you start with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships offer those aged over 16 paid employment with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.

Currently, there are no Modern Apprenticeships available at the Scottish Ambulance Service which would lead directly to a role as an ambulance technician.

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 have the opportunity to progress to other roles across the service, including specialist clinical roles and managerial roles.