NCAS provides a three-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) — including health care assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses — who hope to practice in British Columbia. We also assess health care professionals returning to practice, and health care assistants trained in other jurisdictions.
NCAS was born of the collaborative efforts of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, the BC College of Nursing Professionals, as well as the Government of BC's Ministry of Health. BCCNP 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 has resumed assessments!
are so pleased to be offering assessments again. In early June, Prometric, the testing organization that administers NCAS' CBA
(Computer-Based Assessment) reopened many of their testing centres in Canada
and the world. Since then, many of our Assessment Takers have successfully
scheduled and completed their CBA.
In August, NCAS resumed offering the SLA-OA (Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral
Assessment), delivered in-person in Vancouver BC, at Langara College in the
Nursing Simulation Centre. We have a lengthy waitlist for the SLA-OA, and are
encouraging patience as we do our best to catch up after the COVID closure.
The SLA-OA calendar from August through December 2020 can be found here and from January through March 2021 can be found here.
NCAS has closely followed guidelines issued by WorkSafe BC to protect the
health and safety of all assessment takers and staff. Further information on
what to expect at our assessment sites can be found here.
The HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program is accepting applications! Posted: July 6, 2020
Health Match BC provides support to future HCAs who aim to register with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry through the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program. This program includes financial assistance to complete the NCAS assessment and registration process as well as valuable guidance and connections to education and employment opportunities. The HCA Program Info Sheet describes, in more detail, the supports available through this program.
NCAS orientation videos are now available!Updated: 2020-07-23
To help you prepare for the assessment, NCAS has created two orientation videos. We urge you to watch them! We developed the videos to give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you go to complete the simula tion lab and oral assessment (SLA/OA). Click here to watch the videos
How it worksUpdated: 2020-07-27
NCAS uses a Computer-based Assessment (CBA), a Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA), and an Oral Assessment (OA) to assess the extent to which applicants demonstrate the skills and competencies required for practice. The CBA is taken at a proctored computer lab operated by a testing organization called Prometric and is offered in many countries and cities in the world. The SLA and OA are offered ONLY at the NCAS Assessment Centre, located in the Langara Nursing Simulation Centre in Vancouver. Candidates MUST attend in person. The SLA and OA are taken at the same time; there is no need to register or pay for them separately.
Assessment results are based on the outcomes of all three assessments, so candidates MUST complete all three components to complete the NCAS process. Candidates have one year from their referral date to complete the NCAS process.
Step One: NCAS receives a referral directly from the nursing regulatory college or health care aide registry. NOTE: If you are being assessed for two professions at once, we need to receive two separate referrals. We highly recommend that you consider doing this from the outset.
Step Two: You receive an email from NCAS confirming your referral. You will need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and submit it to NCAS.
Step Three: You will receive two emails, one asking you to pay for the CBA, the other asking you to pay for the SLA/OA. You do not need to pay for and schedule the CBA and SLA/OA at the same time. While the assessments may be paid for and taken in any order, we urge you to take the CBA first, as it will help you prepare yourself better for the SLA/OA.
Step Four: Once you have paid for the CBA, you will be sent an email directing you to the relevant webpage. There you will see information about dates, times and location that will help you schedule your CBA. Please click here to view a list of eligible CBA testing centres. You can also visit www.Prometric.com to find the testing site nearest you.
Once you have paid for the SLA/OA, NCAS will contact you within three business days to schedule the SLA/OA. The SLA and OA are taken at the same time, in person, at the NCAS Assessment Centre in Langara College. Please click here to view the 2020 SLA/OA schedule.
You have one year from the date of referral to complete the entire NCAS process.