Creating the Quiet Professionals of Tomorrow...

Overview of the Diploma Course

Ronin™SA produces uniquely trained Ambulance Personnel (Level 5 Diploma) who are equally at home in traditional Ambulance Services (NHS & Private) as they are in austere environments e.g. close protection, maritime & aviation.

Graduates (e.g. South African AEA's), post RPL Course, have a much easier opportunity to enter the employment sector in the UK or Canada.

The spectrum of skills and abilities taught on this program have been set at UK Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Framework (PHEM) skills framework descriptor level F.

Course Duration

The Reality-based EMS Diploma consists of: 

Regulatory Body Registration (UK HPAC)

The First Response Emergency Care Certificate Diploma (FREC5) forms the basis for registration as an Ambulance Technician (EMT) with the Health Practice Associates Council of the United Kingdom for those Graduates that meet their requirements upon successful completion of the Course.

Course Content

Theoretical Curriculum
(In addition to the FREC 4)

 Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Paediatrics 
 Pharmacology & Protocols
12 Lead ECG Interpretation 
Clinical Decision Making & Resource Management
Acute Conditions
Research, review and reporting
 End of life care 
Patients with specific needs
Life-threatening infections
Operational Telemetric Medicine 

Practical Curriculum
(In addition to the FREC 4)

12 Lead ECG Application & Interpretation
 Intramuscular Injection
Observational Frontline Ambulance Shifts - completed in Cape Town - a city with one of the highest trauma levels in the world. Let's take you to the coalface of trauma care!

Practical Curriculum
(In addition to FREC 5)

 Magills Forceps (Advanced Foreign Body Airway Removal)
 Needle & Surgical Cricothyrodotomy
Needle Thoracentesis (Chest Decompression)
 Intravenous Therapy
 Drug Administration

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL / APL)

Upon successful completion of the Ronin SA Reality-based EMS Diploma, you are welcome to apply for RPL / APL in your home country / ambulance service.

For a complete list of the United Kingdom Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) outcomes attained, please visit this page.

How To Apply

  • Apply online to see if you meet the criteria for training with us
  • We will answer you within one working day
  • No Risk & No Obligation

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Practice Placements (Post Course)

Should you wish to complete your Diploma, your 60-shift practical rotation can be completed through our approved Practical Placement partners in Mexico, Zimbabwe and United Kingdom with whom we have Memorandums of Understanding.

Charges for these practice placements (60hrs per week) are approximately:

  • United Kingdom: €65 per week (excl accommodation & meals). Please note this placement is available to UK Nationals / Residents only
  • Zimbabwe: €125 per week (excl acommodation but 2 meals on duty)
  • Mexico: €340 per week (incl. accommodation & half-board)

This is for your arrangement and account after successfully completing the Course.

Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own placement anywhere in the world however prior approval via Ronin / Qualsafe Award's will need to be secured. 

State regulated Emergency front-line ambulance / response vehicle - up to 60 of your 60 shifts (minimum of 34 shifts are compulsory)
In-hospital emergency department - up to 4 of your 60 shifts
GP Practice, Out of hours unscheduled care or walk in centres - up to 16 of your 60 shifts
Specialist Services (Obstetrics, Theatres, Coronary Care, End-of-Life or Frailty) - up to 8 of your 60 shifts


Ambulance Emergency Assistant's (SA) are fully exempt from the practice placement requirement and are certified at the end of the residential phase

Please Note: Due to the fact that your qualifications will be of UK origin, the South African Health Professions Council does not permit your practical training phase to be conducted in South Africa unless you are registered with the HPCSA

Career Progression to Paramedic

Once you have completed our  First Response Emergency & Urgent Care Diploma Level 5 (FREUC5)(RQF) - Qualsafe Awards, you can proceed via the following options to become a registered Paramedic:-

 UK HCPC Paramedic via
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (for 1st year of the Paramedic Degree) has been granted in the past by the following Universities: Birmingham, Leicester and Sunderland
  • More recently Glasgow Caledonian University and University of the West of Scotland (Glasgow) offer Recognition of Prior learning to FREC5 Graduates for the 1st year of the 3-year Degree in Paramedic Science (subject to entrance assessment)
 US National Registry Paramedic
  • Direct Access to a Missouri College that offers a blended-learning Paramedic Program (6 months Online Study, 4 months Residential)
  • Once you have US Paramedic Registration you are free to apply to the UK HCPC for registration as a Paramedic via the International Equivalency Route (3 months)
 Australian BSc in Paramedical Science
  • Past graduates have been granted Recognition of Prior Learning by the University of Central Queensland for four modules of their BSc Paramedic Science (i.e. Human Body Systems 1 / 2 & Foundations of Paramedic Science 1 / 2)

Entry Requirements

 18 years of age

English Language Proficiency is at an equivalent level of CEFR B2 level (Receptive skills as well as written and spoken)
Good physical fitness which includes functional senses, the ability to lift / carry patients and work long hours / shift work
Clear or Approved Criminal Background Check

What To Bring

Casual clothing is acceptable in class but in addition to this we would request that you bring the following documentation, clothing & equipment

Additional Information

For further detailed Information relating to Travel, Entry Criteria, Postponement and Cancellation Policies please visit this link

Location & Accommodation

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenic Hout Bay is a lively coastal town with a lovely swimming beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy some of the best fish and chips in the world.


Students live in modern self-catering apartments sharing a room with a    colleague (same gender) close (200m) to the beach,  restaurants, shops, gyms, laundry and best of all, the  training center.


Breakfast & Dinner is taken at an assortment of local restaurants on a voucher based system. Tastes range from Italian to Mexican and all the usual tastes  in between

Fully Inclusive

Online & Residential Tuition
Course Equipment
Operational Frontline Ambulance Shifts
(excl. 750hr Practice Placement)
Qualsafe Examination Fees
Certification Fees
Meals (Breakfast & Dinner)
Any Applicable VAT

Course Cost

Standard Course Cost: 

EUR €7450 LESS any applicable Fee Reductions given your specific circumstances

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Fee Reductions

Ronin SA does offer Fee Reductions to certain people. To view the criteria and application process kindly visit the Fee Reductions Page

Payment Procedure

Payments can be made via Electronic Funds Transfer by your bank (EFT) from either your Current or Credit Card account.

Payment can be made in two instalments: EUR €3725-00 deposit to secure your place & the balance on / before your arrival

Course Dates

Flags, Symbols & Currency of Canada - World Atlas ** Canadians ***

You are able to claim up to 90% of your tuition fee back via your Yearly Tax Return

A "Tuition Fees Certificate for Educational Institutions Outside Canada for a Deemed Resident of Canada" is provided by us to the delegate for this purpose

 ** Australians **
Australian service leavers can apply on a case by case basis to the Defence Force Transition program for funding for our courses 

Above is in ADDITION to our funding assistance given to Soldiers, Police Officers, Veterans and Paramedics

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