Registration Information for Graduates of a Canadian HCA Program (outside of BC)

Are you a graduate of an HCA program in Canada (or HCA equivalent)? To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC, applicants must be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

There are two pathways to registration for Graduates of Health Care Assistant (HCA) Programs* in Canada: the Expedited Pathway and the HCA Competency Assessment Pathway. Please review the requirements for each pathway to determine the one most suitable for you before you click ‘Apply’.

 *Examples of Program Names in other Canadian provinces and territories: Health Care Aide (Alberta and Manitoba), Continuing Care Assistant (Saskatchewan), Personal Support Worker (Ontario, New Brunswick and Northwest Territories), Home and Continuing Care Worker (Nunavut), Continuing Care Assistant (Nova Scotia), Resident Care Worker (PEI), Home Support Worker / Personal Care Attendant (Newfoundland & Labrador). 

 Expedited Pathway – Application Process Map

 

Expedited Pathway:

To qualify for this pathway, you must meet the requirements of Category 1 or Category 2 below:

Category 1:

For applicants who, in addition to their Canadian HCA Program credential, can provide proof of recent HCA work experience (1125 practice hours in the last 3 years or 450 practice hours in the last year) in a Canadian province or territory, and obtain a satisfactory HCA Nurse Manager Competency Reference Form (a satisfactory reference will indicate that all competencies have been met) from a recent nurse supervisor who has supervised the applicant within the last three years.

OR 

Category 2:

For applicants who graduated from a Canadian HCA education program in the last two years, who do not have enough practice hours to qualify for Category 1, and can obtain a satisfactory HCA Clinical Instructor Competency Reference Form from their clinical instructor (nurse who supervised and evaluated them during clinical practice). A satisfactory competency reference is one that indicates all competencies have been met.

Before proceeding, please be advised that BC employer participation in this Expedited Pathway is optional. To identify which BC employers are participating in hiring HCAs via this Expedited Pathway, click here.

DISCLAIMER: The Registry will not be held responsible if you are unable to find an employer willing to support you in this expedited pathway. At any time in the process, should you choose to take the HCA Competency Assessment, this pathway is available as an option.

Application Requirements for Graduates of an HCA program in Canada (or HCA equivalent) - Expedited

Application Requirements

Step 1 – Submit Online Application

The Registry will review your application to ensure it is complete. Additional documentation may be requested. Qualified applicants will be referred to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for a competency-based assessment. Below are the required documents for your initial online application:

Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

You will need to provide proof of your health care education and training by uploading one of these documents:

  • Certificate
  • Official transcript

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Step 2 – Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) Referral

Once the BC Care Aide Registry has reviewed the application with the required documents, qualified applicants will be provided with a referral form to complete and return. Upon receipt, the Registry will refer the applicant (trained in other Canadian jurisdictions) to the NCAS assessment process (involving scheduling, timeframes, and fees necessary to complete the full assessment).

Step 3 – NCAS Assessment

NCAS will contact you directly and outline next steps for the NCAS Assessment completion. For further information, please visit: www.ncasbc.ca.

Step 4 – Transition Education, if required

A report will be produced after you have completed the assessment (you will receive a copy and the Registry will receive a copy). The Registry will review this report to determine if any additional education is required prior to registration. If the need for additional education is not indicated on the assessment report, you will be directly eligible for registration.

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HCA Competency Assessment Pathway:

For applicants who do not meet the requirements of the Expedited Pathway

OR

For applicants who choose the Competency Assessment Pathway over the Expedited Pathway.

Application Requirements for Graduates of an HCA program in Canada (or HCA equivalent) - Expedited

Application Requirements

Step 1 – Submit Online Application

The Registry will review your application to ensure it is complete. Additional documentation may be requested. Qualified applicants will be referred to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for a competency-based assessment. Below are the required documents for your initial online application:

Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

You will need to provide proof of your health care education and training by uploading one of these documents:

  • Certificate
  • Official transcript

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Step 2 – Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) Referral

Once the BC Care Aide Registry has reviewed the application with the required documents, qualified applicants will be provided with a referral form to complete and return. Upon receipt, the Registry will refer the applicant (trained in other Canadian jurisdictions) to the NCAS assessment process (involving scheduling, timeframes, and fees necessary to complete the full assessment).

Step 3 – NCAS Assessment

NCAS will contact you directly and outline next steps for the NCAS Assessment completion. For further information, please visit: www.ncasbc.ca.

Step 4 – Transition Education, if required

A report will be produced after you have completed the assessment (you will receive a copy and the Registry will receive a copy). The Registry will review this report to determine if any additional education is required prior to registration. If the need for additional education is not indicated on the assessment report, you will be directly eligible for registration.

Apply Now

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