Welcome to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)

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​.  ​​

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Although assessments may be taken in any order, we recommend that you take the CBA first. 

Our Partners​​​

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. 

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Latest news ​​​​​​​​​​​

COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak: Assessment cancellations
Updated: April 1, 2020

In light of the rapidly escalating concerns surrounding COVID-19, NCAS has made the difficult and unprecedented decision to cancel all assessments, effective immediately. ALL assessments in April and May have been cancelled. 

This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and upon the advice of public health officials, in order to protect the health and safety of our Assessment Takers and Staff.

Assessment Takers will receive communications from our office in the coming weeks, concerning scheduling/rescheduling of your Simulation Lab and Oral Assessment​​ (SLA/OA). No rescheduling/cancellation fees will be applied.

We recognize the disruptive nature of this decision, particularly at such short notice, and we apologize for the inconvenience.Please check our website periodically for important updates​. ​

Refund Requests

If you have paid for the CBA or SLA/OA, and have NOT completed the assessment, you might be eligible for a refund.

To apply for a refund, please complete this form and return it to info@ncasbc.ca. The processing time for refund requests is approximately 5 to 7 business days. You will receive an email notification from our office once the refund has been processed. Please note that you will be required to pay the full assessment fee upon rescheduling.

Contacting NCAS
We are discouraging calls and emails to NCAS at the moment, as we can offer no more detai​l than what appears on our website. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, and update our website as necessar​y. Please check back periodically for important updates​. ​

See the following sites for more information: 

​​​​NCAS orientation videos are now available!​

Jun. 27, 2018

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.​

​To seek a referral to NCAS, contact the ​ regulator or registry:​

OFFICE address​

Suite 900-200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1S4, Canada
Tel: 604.742.6222
Fax: 604.899.0794
Toll Free: 1.866.880.7101 ext 6222 (Canada only)


    M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Closed statutory holidays​​​


What You Need to Know About the NCAS Process

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