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.
COVID-19 UPDATEUpdated: May 27, 2020
As British Columbia moves cautiously into Phase Two of the Restart Plan, NCAS is working hard to resume our assessment program.
NCAS is a 3-part assessment program, and we typically advise taking the Computer-Based Assessment (CBA) first.
We are pleased to announce that Assessment Takers may be eligible to schedule their Computer-Based Assessment (CBA) through Prometric, the international testing service that delivers the NCAS CBA. As of June 1, 2020, Prometric is resuming in-centre testing, in the US and Canada. We are contacting candidates directly with information on how to schedule their CBA; if you haven't heard from us yet, please contact us here. You can find information on Prometric's COVID in-centre protocols on their website.
At this time, the Simulated Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment (SLA-OA) component of our assessments remains paused. NCAS is actively working to establish a resumption plan so we can deliver the SLA-OA safely for our staff and our Assessment Takers. While we are anticipating a summer relaunch, we have not confirmed a date. As soon as we have greater certainty on a resumption date, we will update the NCAS website and contact referred Assessment Takers directly.
Referred applicants who are not able to complete the NCAS process in one year will be automatically granted an extension that will apply for the length of NCAS' closure. Extension fees will be waived, and Assessment Takers impacted by the closure will be prioritized once SLA-OA assessments resume.
Thank you for your patience – we know completing the NCAS assessment is a top priority for you, and are looking forward to welcoming you to the Assessment Centre shortly!
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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