Frequently Asked Questions - Registrants

  1. What is the purpose of the Registry?
  2. Who is eligible to be on the Registry?
  3. How do I apply?
  4. How long does it take to become registered?
  5. How much does it cost to register?
  6. Who can access the Registry?
  7. Who will have access to my information?
  8. What if I move or change jobs after I have registered?
  9. I am a health care assistant employed in a private facility in BC. Can I register?
  10. I'm an LPN and I work full-time (or part-time) as a health care assistant. Am I eligible to register?
  11. How do I know if my position is included in the scope of the Registry?
  12. I have misplaced my registration number. How can I recover it?
  13. How can I check the status of my application?
  14. I am currently residing outside of BC and plan to move to BC in the near future. Can I pre-register?

1. What is the purpose of the Registry? 

Care aides and community health workers are also now known as health care assistants (HCAs). By creating a Registry for all care aides and community health workers in BC, the Ministry of Health is establishing and improving standards of care. The Registry was also created to serve and protect vulnerable patients, residents and clients receiving care from health care assistants in the province.
 

2. Who is eligible to be on the Registry?

  • Graduates of Health Care Assistant programs in BC
  • Graduates of Health Care Assistant programs in Canada (outside of BC)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses who are licensed to practice in Canada. (Nurses educated outside of Canada and not licensed to practice in Canada must apply as internationally educated health care professionals.)
  • Students enrolled in nursing programs in Canada
  • Internationally educated health care professionals (IEHCPs)
 

3. How do I apply?

You will need to submit an online application to register. This creates an account for you so that your application can be submitted to the Registry. An email will automatically be sent to you with further instructions. You must open the email and click on the link to activate your account. (If not, your application will not be submitted.) When you have activated your account, you can log in to check your application status at any time.

If your application status has been changed to "ACTIVE", you will be given a registration number. This is the number that employers will be requesting.

For the best experience, we recommend that you use a desktop or laptop computer to apply for registration and to log-in to your Registry account. This site has not been optimized for tablet or mobile devices.
 

4. How long does it take to become registered?

Once all application information has been received in full, processing time is usually five (5) business days. However, depending on the complexity of the application, some may take longer.
 

5. How much does it cost to register?

Currently, registration is free.
 

6. Who can access the Registry?

  • Health care assistants, care aides, and community health workers
  • Nursing students
  • Employers wanting to employ registered health care assistants
  • Educators wanting to be included in the Registry’s list of educational institutions.



7. Who will have access to my information?

Registry staff will have access to your information. Employers will only have access to whether you are registered or not. Employers will be able to access your name and registration number only
 

8. What if I move or change jobs after I have registered?

You can log in to your account to change your personal information at any time.
 
 

9. I am a health care assistant employed in a private facility in BC. I want to register. Can I?

Yes, with proof of successful completion of a recognized training program for health care assistants.
 
 

10. I'm an LPN and I work full-time (or part-time) as a health care assistant. Am I eligible to register?

Yes, anyone classified and working as either a full-time or part-time health care assistant is eligible to register by providing the requested credentials.
 
 

11. How do I know if my position is included in the scope of the Registry?

If your position's qualification requires you to have completed a recognized training program for health care assistants in BC, or an equivalent program offered by an educational institution in Canada, you would then be in the scope of the Registry and you should register.

 

12. I have misplaced my registration number. How can I recover it? 

Log in to your account using your email and password. Your registration number will be displayed in your dashboard.

You can also print a copy of your registration confirmation letter and keep it in your files.
 

13. How can I check the status of my application?

Using a desktop or laptop computer, log in to your account using your email and password. The status of your application will be displayed in your dashboard.


14. I am currently residing outside of BC and plan to move to BC in the near future. Can I pre-register?

You must reside in BC to register.