Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) – Apprenticeship Standard


Who is this apprenticeship standard for?

Ideal for those who want to work in an emergency and urgent care setting – providing high quality and compassionate care while working as part of an ambulance crew responding to 999 calls. Working at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers, the AAP will assess, treat, and manage service users at the scene and either refer them to alternative care provisions, where treatment lies outside of their scope, or safely discharge them on scene.


Programme Structure

The apprenticeship lasts between 12 to 18 months, with candidates expected to be ready for Gateway at 13 months and offers the potential for further progression to become an HCPC registered paramedic. During this period, candidates will gain a variety of skills, including airway, respiratory and circulatory management, use of medical gases, promoting mental health and wellbeing, and much more. In addition, they will gain soft skills such as effective communication, conflict resolution, and working closely and collaboratively with others.

This structure and the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) apprentices will gain during this time meet the full apprenticeship standard set out by NENAS, which is widely accepted within ambulance services for the role of Associate Ambulance Practitioner.


End Point Assessment Methods

The End Point Assessment consists of:


Area Assessed Assessment Method
Core Skills, Knowledge, Values & Behaviours Interview (Professional Discussion) using Portfolio Submission
Patient Assessment & Measurements Objective Structured Clinical Examination
Intermediate Life Support & Assisting the Practitioner Objective Structured Clinical Examination
Safeguarding & Capacity (Behaviours) Situational Judgement Assessment
Driving Pictorial Examination



Apprentices must have achieved the following mandatory qualifications:


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