The Registry is a database of credentialed* or “registered” care aides and community health workers working for, or wanting to work for, publicly funded employers in BC. This includes acute care, assisted living care, long-term care, and home and community care.
The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry has an Advisory Committee which provides policy recommendations to the Registry. The Committee includes representatives from unions, employers, educational institutions, and the Registry’s Program Manager.
How the Registry Works
Employees / Registrants
To work in a publicly funded health care organization, all care aides and community health workers are required to register. An online application must be submitted for review. Once the application has been evaluated and approved by the Registry, the applicant will be provided with a registration number.
All publicly funded health care employers can verify and confirm that their current or prospective health care assistants (HCAs) are registered. Employers must be approved by the Registry before they can log in to check if an HCA is registered in BC.
To improve the educational standards of health care assistants in British Columbia, the Registry has compiled a list of educational institutions that offer the HCA provincial curriculum.
Public and private educational institutions that would like to be on the list must be approved by the Registry before they will be included.
*It is important for employers to confirm educational credentials and recent work experience prior to hiring applicants who are registered care aides. The Registry has been implemented in a phased approach and not all registrants hold a relevant education credential and/or have recent, relevant work experience.
What is a Care Aide?
Care aides and community health workers are also known as health care assistants or HCAs. They are frontline care providers in a variety of institutional and community settings including home support agencies and residential care facilities. HCAs are an integral part of our health care system.