Education and Training Awards

Read about Australian Paramedical College’s award-winning education offerings and how we have helped to change the lives of our students Australia-wide.


Making our mark

Australian Paramedical College (APC) is Australia’s leading provider of healthcare education within the emergency and non-emergency sector. We can accredit this success to not only our education offerings and committed team but also students. We believe what truly sets APC apart is our remarkable student base who have not only embraced studying healthcare but excelled within. 

We are proud to showcase the success of our students at the Australian Training Awards and invite you to read about their award-winning experiences at APC. 


About the awards

Run across all states and territories in Australia, the Australian Training Awards were introduced to showcase the positive impact vocational training and courses have on communities. Whether in support of small businesses and RTOs to students, apprentices, and trainers, they celebrate the excellence of those who contribute their time and efforts into bettering education for all, whilst learning new skills and techniques at the same time.

The Australian Training Awards are important as they showcase the excellence that vocational education and training (VET) can provide individuals, no matter their age, career, prior education and more. Not only do VET courses such as APC’s HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health CareHLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care and HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport provide career-changing opportunities, they also allow individuals to gain confidence within themselves and prove that higher education at university isn’t the only way to gain a fulfilling career.

Whether you’re a winner or runner-up, individuals can be provided up to $5,000 in prize money and a trophy to commend their efforts towards completing study at their chosen institution. On top of this, it allows for networking within the industry. Established in 1962 – the awards are the longest-running program within the training sector, meaning that this win is no small feat. Finally, you get to walk away as your region’s “Student of the Year”, to later go onto the state awards and, if applicable, Australia-wide awards too. Knowing that you’re one of the best in the country certainly is a significant win!

We’re incredibly proud of our nominated students, no matter how far they get into the awards process, but it comes as no surprise to us that they all have received such notable recognition from not only APC but the state/territory’s government as well. It further instils that the opportunities we are providing students are multi-faceted and go further than just the 12-24 months they are enrolled. We’re proud to change the lives of our students so they can save lives.

Our 2023 award winners and finalists

Jarred Mobbs | Diploma graduate

Graduating from APC holding a HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Healthcare, Jarred Mobbs has been announced as QLD’s “Student of the Year” for the Metropolitan region. Now working as an Emergency Services Officer, Jarred’s career has gone leaps and bounds since graduation.

Commended for his commitment to his studies, Jarred wrote within his nomination, “Studying healthcare has provided so many positive opportunities, changing and impacting my life for the better.

Not only has it helped me to develop my character and provide me with personal growth, it has also given me a newfound appreciation for the challenges our frontline workers are faced with on a daily basis in emergency healthcare of the real world, as opposed to the idealised versions we often see in TV dramas.”

Sarah Sgroi | Diploma graduate

We are overjoyed to announce that 2023’s NSW “Student of the Year” winner for the Western Sydney & Blue Mountains Region is Sarah Sgroi. 

mother of two and now a NSW Trainee Paramedic with NSW Ambulance Service, Sarah credits APC’s HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care and HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care to not only her confidence but discipline too within the healthcare sector. 

“I’ve gained friendships that will last a lifetime, re-learnt how to learn, solidified my practical skillsets during Clinical Workshops before gaining invaluable experiences on Clinical Placement. All this led to the commencement of my career with NSW Ambulance as an on-road Trainee Paramedic just one week after my graduation. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Ben Sommerville | Diploma graduate

Ben enrolled into APC’s HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care shortly upon graduation and was nominated and announced as a 2023 finalist for the “Student of the Year” award in NSW’s Central & Northern Sydney Region. He is now an aspiring Paramedic and plans to further his studies at University into a Bachelor of Paramedicine.

Ben made note within his nomination, “The course has given me an insight into an industry that was previously foreign to me. It has opened up opportunities to a range of different job roles that I can either explore immediately, or undertake further studies as part of a longer term strategy. Completing the course has given me a newfound confidence in the ability to learn new skills and clarified the ways in which I can use these skills to serve those around me.”

The award-winning course | Diploma of Emergency Health Care

Not only is the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, (formerly known as HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science) our most popular course, it’s also the course which all of our winners and finalists have studied!

Online and self-paced, APC’s Diploma is an excellent way to build practical skills, medical knowledge and career confidence.⁠

It’s also a great choice if you’re the kind of person who “learns by doing”. As a student studying the Diploma, you complete two Clinical Workshops to help you hone your hands-on skills and Clinical Placement which gets you out into the field with the opportunity to use your skills in the real world, on real patients.

Our 2022 finalists

Chris Beath | Diploma graduate

Graduating with his HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) more than six months before his course end date, Chris Beath is a well-deserved finalist at the 2022 QLD Training Awards. As an international soccer referee, Chris is an excellent example of how APC’s flexible learning gives people the opportunity to work towards the career change they’re seeking while keeping current work and family commitments.

The course has a very strong impact on me personally and professionally. I was able to increase my skills and knowledge in the pre-hospital industry while gaining practical hands-on experience in clinical settings. It also solidified my passion for emergency healthcare which resulted in me applying for and being accepted into QUT’s Bachelor of Paramedic Science program for 2022″, Chris shared within his nomination.


Jessica Hudson | Diploma graduate

Awarded as a finalist for 2022’s “Vocational Student of the Year” in the Central & Northern Sydney region of NSW, Jessica Hudson is a deserving individual, known for her leadership and accomplishments during her studies in the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT50120 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care).

Jessica wrote in her nomination, “Deciding to change careers is a daunting one at any stage in life, yet since I’ve studied with APC and now have started studying a Bachelor of Paramedical Science at Central Queensland University (CQU)…I am inspired and excited to be on this journey as a healthcare professional and am extremely grateful for the support and encouragement I received along the way and that I continue to receive.”

Career opportunities for graduates

Whether studying the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care or HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, there are a plethora of pathways that students can choose to pursue upon graduation. 

If you want to learn more, why not check out our dedicated career pathways page? You may be surprised to learn that despite our name, not all students of ours wish to become paramedics! Many of our students wish to remain working within the private sector, filling roles such as Event Medics, Medical Emergency Services Officers (MESO’s), Patient Transport Officers (PTO’s) and more. 

Our 2021 award winner

Carissa Bellato | Diploma graduate

Studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care), Carissa enrolled at APC with her sights set on becoming a State Ambulance Paramedic.

Still completing her secondary schooling, Carissa was announced as the “Vocational Student of the Year” within the Riverina/Murray Region at the 2021 NSW Training Awards. 

Carissa shared, “If you’re interested in paramedicine, definitely APC is such a great place to study because you’re not locking into a degree so you’re not looking into that three and four-year degree and you’re still getting something out of it.”

Ready to learn more?

Take a closer look at our courses and have a chat to one of our friendly Course Advisors to find out how APC can help you create that amazing career you’ve always dreamed of.