The Nursing Community Assessment Service has an immediate opening for a Manager, Competency Assessment. This is an exciting position with an innovative new service. NCAS is an assessment service for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals (IEP) entering Canada. This role will be a great fit for a leader with strong exam development, competency assessment, evaluation and project management experience who brings a solid background in psychometric analysis. If you are looking for a unique opportunity to apply your critical thinking and leadership skills and creativity, and to support current and future healthcare professionals, please apply with us!
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NCAS Fees Increase
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:
NCAS is expanding in fall 2017 to allow for assessments of:
NCAS makes every effort to issue reports within 60 days of an applicant's completion of the NCAS assessments, but cannot guarantee this time frame. We thank you for your patience.
2018 SLA/OA Dates
SLA/OA dates for 2018 have been finalized. Click here to view the 2018 SLA/OA schedule.
NCAS provides a three-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) — including health care aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses — who hope to practice in British Columbia.
NCAS is one critical tool that our community partners use to determine whether IEPs are ready to practice safely, ethically and competently in the provincial workforce. It's made up of three assessments: a Computer-based Assessment, a Simulation Lab Assessment, and an Oral Assessment that takes place at the same time as the SLA. All three are necessary in order to complete the assessment process.
NCAS offers a consistent approach for evaluating the extent to which an IEP’s competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian health professional entering practice. The NCAS assessment process is a mandatory registration requirement for some regulatory organizations.
NCAS was born of the collaborative efforts of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC, as well as the Government of BC's Ministry of Health. CRNBC is currently acting as the operator of NCAS.
The Ministry of Health provided foundational support during the pilot phase of NCAS, and continues to fund NCAS as it transitions towards full operations and sustainability.
NCAS is the only competency assessment service that allows an applicant to have their skills and competencies assessed for two different health care roles at once. Thus, a registered nurse can be assessed for competency as a licensed practical nurse, and a licensed practical nurse can be assessed for competency as a health care aide.
The advantage of this approach is that applicants who may not be able to demonstrate all the requisite competencies to enter the workforce in the role they prefer, might be able to work as a different kind of healthcare worker if they can demonstrate the competencies for that other role. That means that IEPs can enter the workforce faster, and simultaneously pursue the upgrading or education required to gain competencies for their preferred role.
If you think you want to be assessed for two professions, please consider doing so from the outset as you will save a great deal of time and money.
Once you complete all three assessments, we will send you and the regulatory organization or registry you choose a report on the results. The results will be available within 60 days. Those results highlight competency strengths and gaps. The regulators and registry use these results, along with other information they have obtained from you, to help them make their registration decisions. It is important to note that NCAS does not make registration decisions.