Informational Materials

Informational Materials

Informational Materials

Here are some downloadable resources and PDF guides containing information about becoming a Health Care Assistant in British Columbia. These printable resources can be shared with your network and with anyone that you think would be interested in pursuing a career as an HCA.

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Resources for Mature Learners

Resources for Mature Learners

Resources for Mature Learners

Whether you are making a career change or thinking about coming back to work after taking time off, consider a career as a Health Care Assistant. As an HCA, you can truly make a difference in your community, earn competitive wages and benefits, and be a valued member of a health care team.

For insight into the experience of other mature learners who have completed an HCA program, watch this video.

Watch the following videos to learn more about the role of an HCA:

Check out these WorkBC profiles for more information:

We know that your time is valuable, and returning to school while balancing commitments can be a challenge. At approximately seven months long, these HCA programs are a good return on your investment and may even offer flexible delivery options during weekends and evenings, and online.

Nursing Access and Bridging Programs

If you have already trained as an HCA and you wish to advance your studies, you can put your prior learning as an HCA toward other post-secondary programs, such as Nursing Access and Bridging Programs. These programs support the move from HCA to Licensed Practical Nurse, and from Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse. These programs are designed for those with HCA education and experience to receive nursing credentials more quickly.

Financial Support

If you need financial assistance in order to enroll in an HCA program, there are options available. Please contact an HCA education program about available financial supports, or follow the links for more information about loans, scholarships, bursaries, and more:

Other Resources

Health & Safety

SafeCareBC is a not-for-profit society working to ensure injury-free, safe working conditions for long-term care workers in BC. Their website provides resources for injury prevention and safety training.

WorkSafeBC offers health care injury prevention resources by topic (chemical and physical hazards, dementia, general ergonomics, general safety, infectious disease, patient handling, slips and trips, violence) and by sector (home care, social services).

Violence Prevention

The Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) was developed in 2010 to fill a need for effective, recommended, and provincially recognized violence prevention education for all British Columbia health care workers across a range of care settings, including affiliate organizations. The PVPC was refined and updated in 2015 to align with trauma-informed practice, dementia care, and pediatric care principles.

WorkSafeBC, Dementia: Understanding Risks and Preventing Violence
This resource provides information about the way clinical care approaches and interventions can prevent or minimize the risk of injury to workers when caring for people with dementia.

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Resources for Indigenous Learners

Resources for Indigenous Learners

Resources for Indigenous Learners

Career pathway information for Indigenous Learners in BC

Consider a career as a Health Care Assistant where you will care for Elders and others who require individualized support to continue living in their own homes and in the community.

To learn more about the role of an HCA, watch the following videos:

Check out these WorkBC profiles for more information:

You may wish to attend an HCA program that focuses on working with First Nations and Indigenous communities, such as the Health Care Assistant – Indigenous program at Camosun College, the Health Care Assistant Program at Native Education College, or the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT).

Career Exploration

BC’s Career Guide for Indigenous People 2018 offers information on career planning, employment, education, and training resources available for Indigenous job seekers.

Learn about the Career Journeys First Nations Career Role Model Program developed by First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to support elementary and secondary level students who are starting to think about their career journeys.

The Guide to Indigenous Organizations and Services is a comprehensive list of Indigenous community-based services and organizations that can help you find education, employment, Friendship Centres, and other local resources.

The Career Compass online tool offers information on career outlook in BC. Learn more about BC regions and start planning your education.

Education

Plan your post-secondary journey with Aboriginal Learning Links. You’ll find resources for choosing and paying for your post-secondary education, as well as information on on-campus services, child care, and housing.

ACCESS (Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society) offers education, training, counselling, and financial services to help members of urban Aboriginal community overcome barriers.

Education and Training for Indigenous People provides a range of Government of Canada assistance programs for Indigenous people.

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has resources for education planning and financial support.

Financial Support

If you need financial assistance in order to enroll in an HCA program, there are options available. Please contact an HCA education program about available financial supports, or follow the links for more information about loans, scholarships, bursaries, and more:

Find a Job

WorkBC Employment Services Centres provides support for Indigenous people looking for jobs and offers a wide range of services including career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, education planning, and financial support.

Find the WorkBC Centre nearest you using the interactive map.

Northern Corridor Centres offer resources and training to help Indigenous people find meaningful employment, including resume and cover letter building, career planning, interview skills, and job boards.

Metis Employment & Training Program (METP) can help improve your employment potential, earning capacity, and self-sufficiency. Contact your local office.

Check out programs that are available to expand your work experience and skills:

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program (ISET):

Learn about work experience, skills training, and job search assistance. Offers a range of wraparound services (such as help with child care supports and transportation) while you’re training to achieve your long-term career goals. Click here to find a service provider in B.C.

Indigenous Youth Internship Program:
Build your professional and leadership skills while you experience a career in government.

Aboriginal Employment Programs

Some health authorities have dedicated teams to support Indigenous applicants with employment readiness and application processes to build a health system that honours diversity and provides culturally safe services:

Other Resources
 

  • BC Friendship Centres is an umbrella organization for the 25 Friendship Centres located throughout BC. You can find resources on bursaries, scholarships, employment, and training.
  • First Nations Drum Newspaper is Canada’s largest Aboriginal newspaper, designed to inform on a range of topics such as education.
  • SAY Magazine publishes regular issues on topics of career development, education, and employment.

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Resources for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Resources for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Resources for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Information for internationally educated health care professionals and new immigrants seeking employment in BC.

If you have existing health education and experience, you may be eligible for registration as a Health Care Assistant. Within just a few months, you could be eligible to earn pay and benefits as you continue to build your career in health care in BC.

Watch the following videos to learn more about the role of an HCA:

Check out these WorkBC profiles for more information:

Assess Health Careers Canada is a self-assessment online tool designed to help you understand the requirements for employment as a personal care provider in Canada. It outlines the competencies, knowledge, and skills that you must have to work in Canada.

WelcomeBC

If you are new to British Columbia, you can find information for newcomers at WelcomeBC. The services offered can help you navigate your pathway to employment, become part of BC society by engaging in your new community, and succeed in the BC job market.

  • Find out more about the immigration process and settlement services
  • Learn about BC ’s economy, labour market, regions and communities
  • Explore Employment and English language programs
  • Get advice on having your existing credentials recognized, and applying your skills to the BC job market

WorkBC Centres

WorkBC Employment Services Centres help residents of British Columbia prepare for a career and find a job. Find the WorkBC Centre nearest you to access job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, and financial supports.

Immigration/Pre-settlement Services

  • Immigrant Services Society (ISSofBC) offers free settlement support, employment programs, English classes, and more
  • MOSAIC provides employment supports, settlement programs, and other services for newcomers to BC
  • SUCCESS delivers employment services in a culturally sensitive manner to job seekers
  • DiverseCity helps newcomers build a future in Canada by identifying goals and determining settlement needs
  • Canadian Immigrant Fair is a free event connecting newcomers with information on careers, education, and settlement
  • Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses offers the Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) program and the Supports and Mentorship Program to help you achieve integration into the Canadian workforce
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides information for visiting, studying, temporarily working, immigrating, and obtaining citizenship to Canada
  • B.C. Provincial Nominee Program helps speed up your application for permanent resident status if you are a qualified, trained professional, or skilled worker sponsored by a BC employer

Financial Support

Are you an Internationally Educated Nurse?

If you are an internationally educated nurse, you may be eligible to start your health care career in Canada as a Health Care Assistant while you are recredentialling to practise as a nurse. The following institutions offer bridging programs:

Visit British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) for a complete list of recognized nursing programs in BC.

Join the Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) in BC Facebook Group to connect with other IENs and share resources.

Consider working on a health care team in other capacities while completing registration requirements.

You may find that your international health care training and experience is not immediately recognized in BC. The skills you have already acquired, such as the ability to work well with others, good communication skills, patience, compassion, and experience assisting the elderly in daily living activities, can be used in alternative careers in health care, while you are in the process of getting your credentials recognized. Some health care professions to consider include, home support workers and housekeepers.

Success Stories

Find out what people say about starting their new career in British Columbia.

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Resources for Youth, Career Counsellors, & Educators

Resources for Youth, Career Counsellors, & Educators

Resources for Youth, Career Counsellors, and Educators

If you are interested in a health care career, consider entering the field by becoming a Health Care Assistant (HCA).

To learn more about the role of an HCA, watch the following videos:

Check out these WorkBC Profiles for more information:

Dual Credit Options

Did you know that you can work toward an HCA credential while you are still in high school? If you are considering enrolling in a recognized HCA program after graduation, consider getting a head start on your HCA education through a dual credit option. Through a dual credit option, you will take post-secondary courses tuition-free and receive credit on your high school and college transcripts.

To hear personal experiences about dual credit options, watch this video.

To learn more about dual credit options, talk to your high school career counsellor.
For more information about dual credit options currently being offered in your community, browse through the links below:

BC Post-Secondary Institutions with HCA Dual Credit Options:

Nursing Access and Bridging Programs

If you are interested in a career in nursing, there are many benefits to starting your career as a Health Care Assistant. While many nursing programs in BC have waitlists, many HCA programs across the province currently have seats available. Your HCA education could be a gateway to other health care careers, and enable you to gain valuable work experience, good wages, and benefits along the way.

After training as an HCA, if you wish to advance your studies, you can put your prior learning as an HCA toward other post-secondary programs, such as Nursing Access and Bridging Programs, which support a move from being an HCA to a Licensed Practical Nurse, and from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Registered Nurse. These programs are designed for individuals with HCA education and experience to receive their nursing credentials more quickly.

Job Shadow Placements

Participating in a job shadow can help you gain knowledge about the role of a Health Care Assistant. These unpaid placements allow you to observe a HCA and learn about specific responsibilities required for the job. This is a great opportunity to find out if the career choice as an HCA is right for you.

Benefits to Job Shadowing:

  • Experience a career of interest prior to enrolling into an educational program
  • Understand the important and rewarding work of an HCA
  • Observe and appreciate how roles in health care support one another
  • Enjoy the opportunity to ask questions of an expert

As many employers do not post job shadow placements, talk to your high school career counsellor for information on how you can explore this option.

Financial Support

If you need financial assistance in order to enroll in an HCA program, there are options available. Please contact an HCA education program about available financial supports, or follow the links for more information about loans, scholarships, bursaries, and more:

Other Resources for Parents, Counsellors, and Educators

The WorkBC Parents’ and Career Counsellors Guide provides information, guidelines, and resources to support youth on their journey toward a career in health care.

The Ministry of Education’s Career Zone Guide provides background information on the health care sector in BC, and outlines how Employers and Institutions can work together to help support and prepare students for a career as a Health Care Assistant.

The Career Compass online tool helps youth explore potential health care career options. They can take a career quiz, browse careers, and explore job options in different regions of BC. Use Career Compass learning activities to help students in Grades 9 and 10 to explore career options, and Grade 11 students reassess their career plans.

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