New Expedited Pathway for Health Care Assistants

February 11, 2020 | News


Hiring health care assistants in BC just became a lot easier.
The BC Ministry of Health has worked with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry to introduce a new expedited registration pathway for health care assistants trained outside of British Columbia.
What does this mean for health care assistants?
Barriers to entry are being removed. No longer will health care assistants trained outside of BC be required to complete the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) to work in the province.
To be eligible for the expedited registration pathway, health care assistants must (1) have 1125 practice hours in the last three years or 450 practice hours in the previous year or (2) have graduated from a Canadian HCA education program in the last two years.
Eligible health care assistants trained outside of BC can then apply to the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
What does this mean for employers?
The pathway will reduce the time and costs of the hiring process, meaning participating employers will have a faster and easier time recruiting and hiring out-of-province health care assistants.
Participating employers will deliver a standardized orientation program to employees.
Employers interested in participating can contact info@cachwr.bc.ca for more information.
Visit BC Care Aide to learn more about these changes.