To view the recognized BC HCA programs list, click here.


The Registry works with educational institutions delivering HCA training programs in BC to ensure that they are:

  • following the BC HCA Program Provincial Curriculum;
  • meeting the minimum prescribed quality standards for program delivery; and
  • graduating competent HCAs who qualify for registration on the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

At a time when HCAs are providing up to 80% of the direct care to older Canadians living in long term care or in their homes, consistency in training and graduate outcomes are essential to the continuity and quality of care. Under the auspices of the Registry, HCA program recognition will ensure that all HCA programs in BC are following the provincial curriculum, implementing a common set of training standards and graduating competent front-line health care providers. The Registry’s mandate of patient protection and standardized training for care aides and community health workers is part of a wider provincial commitment to improving the quality of seniors care, preventing elder abuse and, ultimately, to achieving the best possible health and safety for all British Columbians.


Inclusion on the “Recognized BC HCA Programs” list confirms program graduates are eligible for registration. The documents listed below provide key information and support educators in ensuring their programs meet provincial standards for HCA education in BC and are compliant with recognition requirements.

Important Note: The HCA Program Provincial Curriculum (2023) and HCA Program Recognition Guide (2023) have been released, and forms and templates have been updated. All new BC HCA program applications submitted to the Registry must be in alignment with the 2023 standard.

A copy of the HCA Program Recognition Guide (2018) and HCA Program Entry Requirements (2018) have been included for reference and are subject to removal once all existing BC HCA Programs have implemented 2023 program standards. 

Educator Registration

Educational institutions offering health care assistant programs in BC must register before their program will be considered for recognition by the Registry.

Ensuring Public Safety

The Registry serves and protects vulnerable patients, residents, and clients receiving care from health care assistants employed by publicly funded facilites. Employers are required to report in writing to the Registry every suspension or termination of an employee for alleged abuse.


It is a contractual responsibility for publicly funded employers to ensure that all HCAs they are hiring are registered and to report alleged abuse to the Registry.


To be eligible to work as a health care assistant (HCA) in any public health care setting in BC, applicants must be registered. Currently, private health care providers may hire HCAs who are not registered, but this may change at any time.