In order to fulfill its mandate, and with the consent of the applicant, the Registry collects, uses, and discloses an applicant’s personal information for: 
  • the purpose of registration, or a use consistent with the purpose of maintenance of registration, and/or
  • suspension of registration, and/or
  • reinstatement of registration. 

It is a contractual responsibility for publicly funded health employers to report to the Registry any alleged abuse by a health care assistant to a patient, client, or resident. (Please click here to report alleged abuse.)

As a matter of contract, employers are required to ensure that all health care assistants are registered before they are offered employment.

Employer Registration

Employers of health care assistants in British Columbia must apply before they can log in to the Registry’s database to check if an HCA is registered in BC.

Ensuring Public Safety

The Registry serves and protects vulnerable patients, residents, and clients receiving care from health care assistants employed in BC. Employers are required to report in writing to the Registry every suspension or termination of a health care assistant for alleged abuse.


To improve the educational standards of health care assistant programs in British Columbia, the Registry recognizes and lists educational institutions that meet specific program standards.


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.