Graduate of an HCA Program in Canada (or HCA Equivalent)

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

HCA Expedited Pathway Applicant Q and A​

   Option 1                                                                            Option 2

Expedited Pathway

Application Requirements

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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.
  • 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.

HCA Competency Assessment Pathway

Application Requirements

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  • For applicants who DO NOT meet the requirements of the Expedited Pathway
  • For applicants who choose the Competency Assessment Pathway over the Expedited Pathway