How much does it cost?
NCAS is heavily subsidized by the Government of British Columbia's Ministry of Health. The following fees are valid from January 4, 2017 - January 2018 only. It is anticipated that with the removal of subsidies, fees will increase in 2018.
The total fee for all three NCAS assessments is CAD $ 500 plus applicable taxes, payable in two installments of CAD $250 each, one while registering for the Computer-based Assessment, and the second while registering for the Simulation Lab Assessment/ Oral Assessment. Should you wish to extend, reschedule, or cancel your assessment within the allowable timeframe, additional administrative fees will apply.
CBA Rescheduling Fee (more than 48 hours before your scheduled assessment date): US $35 (payable directly to Prometric)
CBA Rescheduling Fee or No-Show (on or fewer than 48 hours before your scheduled assessment date, or failing to appear at the scheduled time and date of the assessment): CAD $150 (payable directly to NCAS)
SLA Rescheduling Fee (more than 30 days before your scheduled assessment date): CAD $35 payable directly to Langara College
SLA Rescheduling Fee (between 30 and 8 days before your scheduled assessment date): CAD $150 payable to NCAS, plus $35 payable directly to Langara College
SLA Reschedule Fee (less than and including seven days before your scheduled assessment date or failing to appear at the scheduled time and date of the assessment): Forfeiture of entire original SLA fee. And payment of $1,400 for the rescheduled assessment. Because the initial session was heavily subsidized, upon rescheduling, you will be asked to pay a different, much higher fee to establish a new assessment date. The new fee reflects the actual cost of the assessment. Please contact NCAS directly at email@example.com.
NCAS fees will be increasing as of January 1st, 2018. The fees are increasing because the government subsidy that NCAS has been receiving from BC's Ministry of Health will no longer be in place. Fees will increase as per the following:
If you cancel either the CBA or SLA/OA more than 30 days in advance of your scheduled appointment, you may apply for a refund. In both instances, NCAS will charge an administrative fee of $50. Your request to cancel must be submitted to, AND acknowledged by, NCAS more than 30 days in advance of your scheduled appointment. No refunds will be available for cancellations that occur 30 or fewer days prior to your scheduled assessment.
Are there any available financial resources to help offset the costs?
Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants - Health is a program for newcomers living in any British Columbia community with training and skills as a Nurse (RN/LPN) or Health Care Assistant.
Eligible participants can enter the program for free and receive 22 months of support as they move along the registration pathway. Also, there are funds that may help cover some of the NCAS fees. Working one-to-one with knowledgeable career coaches, you will gain valuable resources needed to assist in launching your career in Canada's health care system.
The program is free for internationally-trained healthcare professionals who:
Are committed to pursuing Licensure in the same field as their pre-landing experience
Have 3 years international work experience as a certified Nurse (RN/LPN) or Healthcare Assistant (Applicants 19 - 30 years of age or under may apply with 1 year of international work experience in their regulated profession).
Why can't I see my CBA or SLA/OA report right after finishing each assessment?
The regulator or registry relevant to your role will receive a report of your results at the same time that you receive notice that your results are available.