Every state in Australia and most Ambulance Services around the world have a different training process for trainee paramedics, but generally speaking, it takes 3 years of full time study and on-road practical experience to become a paramedic at the very minimum. In Australia, you can complete a three year bachelor degree and then a twelve month traineeship (making it a total of 4 years to become a paramedic).
How Long Does it Take to Become a Paramedic in NSW?
In NSW it usually takes general entry paramedic students 3 years to complete a probationary period of 10-12 months, followed by a 2 year paramedic internship. After this they become a qualified paramedic, which is the basic level required to work as a paramedic in NSW. From here, you can gain specialty training in areas such as Intensive Care, Special Operations, and Extended Care.
How Long Does it Take to Become an Intensive Care Paramedic
If you studied very well and focussed, theoretically you can become an intensive care paramedic within 4 years of initial training as a paramedic student. However, in reality, people are usually paramedics for about 5 years before they apply for an Intensive Care Paramedic training position. Not everyone who gets accepted on to an ICP course will successfully complete the course.