Transitional Education for Health Care Assistants
Transitional education courses listed below, identified with an asterisk (*), are ones you may be referred to take to fulfill any unmet competency requirements. It is recommended that you speak with someone from the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry or the Health Care Assistant Career Consultant before registering for courses as part of your registration requirements.
Continuing education courses available to Health Care Assistants are also listed below. These courses are optional to take if you would like to increase your knowledge in certain areas.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and focuses on learning opportunities offered by non-profit and publicly funded organizations. Private training institutions may offer relevant courses as well; these can be searched on a centralized directory.
Body Mechanics and Client Mobility*
Medication Basics for Health Care Assistants*
Planning, Time Management & Organization for HCAs*
Health Care Assistant – Introduction to Practice Course*
This online course is intended for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of dementia and dementia care. Learn more.
SafeCare BC Courses
Suicide and Alertness Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): a two-day interactive workshop in suicide intervention and safety planning
Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK) is a half-day training in suicide alertness. Learn more.
Mental Health First Aid
Medication Management for Health Care Assistants
Certificate in Medication Administration for Health Care Assistants
Long-term Care Management
End of Life Doula
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Activity Assistant Program
The program provides specialized professional development for individuals who have previous education and training in health care (LPNs, RNs, HCAs, and home care aides) or community support (education assistants and community support graduates). Participants learn to plan and implement supervised activities for older adults with cognitive and physical impairments, gain hands-on experience, and make employer connections with supervised practicum experience.
BC Post-Secondary Institutions that offer an Activity Assistant Program:
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