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 is reopening for assessments again!
Updated: June 19, 2020
COVID-19 Health and Safety
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 will be posted on our website shortly.
Scheduling your Computer-Based Assessment (CBA)
The NCAS CBA is administered by Prometric, which has reopened many of their testing centres in Canada and the world. Please read carefully to determine which category you fall into:
NOTE: Information on Prometric's testing centre protocols can be found here.
Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment SchedulingOur SLA/OA assessments at Langara College will resume on August 8, 2020. We have a long and prioritized waitlist. We are prioritizing Assessment Takers that had their previously scheduled SLA-OA cancelled due to the COVID-19 closure. We encourage patience as we do our best to catch up after the COVID closure. Please read carefully to determine which category you fall into:
**Our SLA-OA calendar from August through December 2020 can be found here. **
New Referrals to NCAS
We will begin processing new referrals – those referred to us by either BCCNP or the Care Aide Registry during the COVID-19 closure – before July 2nd. If you are in this group, you will receive an email.
ExtensionsAll Assessment Takers who had been referred to NCAS prior to March 12, 2020 will have their standard 12-month deadline extended by five months. We are automatically applying this extension to this group; no specific request or approval is required.
This extension will not apply to new referrals. The 12-month period will commence from the date we begin processing your referral later this month.
Future extensions may be applied should COVID-19 lead to additional closures.
As we move toward our reopening, NCAS is continuing to discourage phone calls and emails unless necessary. Our (small but mighty) registration team is working through the lengthy administrative process, and directly emailing each of you. The team has no more information than is outlined here.
Certainly if we have not answered your question here, we'd be happy to help. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience; we know that completing your NCAS assessment is a priority for you and we are working hard to reopen our doors safely. We are looking forward to welcoming you at a Prometric Testing Centre and/or the Langara College Assessment Centre soon!
Jun. 27, 2018To 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 simulation lab and oral assessment (SLA/OA).Click here to watch the videos.
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