Resources for Health Care Assistants

Information and occupation-specific resources for prospective Health Care Assistants.

BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry
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.

Visit the following links for requirements, recognized programs, and more:

*Check the specific entry requirements for each HCA Program.

Nursing Assessment Community Service (NCAS)
The Nursing Assessment Community Service (NCAS) is a three-part competency-based assessment for health care professionals new to BC or returning to practice. The assessment aims to evaluate your existing skills to determine if you are eligible for registration. Find out more about the NCAS here.

WorkBC is committed to helping British Columbians successfully navigate BC’s labour market by providing employment guidance, searchable job board listings, labour market information, and workshops.

Work BC profiles:

Health and Safety
SafeCare BC 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.

Financial Support
If you are in need of financial assistance, there is help available for you. Please follow the links to obtain more information about loans, scholarships, bursaries, and more: