Internationally Educated Health Care Professional

Effective January 2, 2019: Applicants may submit a Basic International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) Evaluation Report (or equivalent) in lieu of a Comprehensive Evaluation Report (or equivalent)

A) Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

As an internationally trained health care professional, you will need to provide information about your health care education and training, and supply the following accepted documents:

  • Certificate / Diploma / Degree
  • Official Transcript


B) English Language Skills 

You will need to supply evidence of English language proficiency to prove you can listen, speak, read and write in English. 
If your first language is not English, you will need to upload evidence of an official English Language proficiency test. Additional information about IEHCP accepted language proficiency tests and test scores can be found here.
If English is your first language, you may be considered for an exemption to the Language Proficiency Test.  For speakers of English as a first language only, please review, complete and upload a Language Proficiency Test Exemption Form.


C) International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) Comprehensive Evaluation Report (or equivalent)

You will need to upload a copy of your ICES comprehensive evaluation report, or a report from an equivalent credential evaluation body*.

How to obtain an ICES evaluation (BC Institute of Technology website)

*Accepted credential equivalents include a National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) credential assessment, a World Education Services (WES) Course-by-Course Evaluation or an International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Specialized Assessment.

D) Change of Name - Official Documentation (If applicable)

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

  • Marriage Certificate
  • ‚ÄčCertificate of Name Change

How to apply for a legal change of name  (British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency website)

Next Steps:

1) Online Application Review and Submission                                    

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. 

2) NCAS Assessment 

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

3) NCAS Assessment Report

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 transition education is required prior to registration (e.g. the HCA Introduction to Practice course). If the need for transition education is not indicated on the assessment report, you will be directly eligible for registration.

Register as an Internationally Educated Health Care Professional 
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