In British Columbia, NCAS provides a competency assessment for four healthcare professions - health care assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses - seeking to license to practice in British Columbia. Our SLA-OA Assessment Centre is in Vancouver, BC.
The NCAS process in British Columbia starts with a referral from one of the referring organizations listed below:
Your referral must come to NCAS directly from the regulatory college or registry listed above. NCAS does not accept referrals from candidates themselves. Each referring organization has unique requirements you must fulfil to be referred to NCAS. For instance, you may be asked to submit an Academic Credential Assessment report from a registered credential assessment agency like the National Nursing Assessment Service. Please contact the appropriate regulatory organization or registry directly to learn about referral requirements for NCAS.
Before applying to complete the NCAS assessment process, it is important to consider whether you want to be assessed for more than one nursing role. Applying for a dual-role assessment at the beginning may save you time in the long run. Here is how it works.
Note: Trained LPNs cannot ask to be assessed in the role of an RN unless they have met the RN educational requirements set out by the regulatory college; similarly, trained HCAs cannot ask to be assessed in the role of an LPN. Currently, NCAS does not offer a dual-role SLA for RPNs wishing to be considered for another role. RPNs interested in being considered for another role must write a CBA for each profession, and take the SLA for both professions.
In all instances, an applicant must be referred by a regulatory organization or registry. Those applying for the dual-role assessment require two referrals, and will need to meet the specific requirements set by each referring body to obtain the referral.
Candidates for dual-role assessments must pay for each CBA separately. The fee for the dual-role SLA-OA is the same as the fee for the single-role SLA-OA.
Once we have received a referral directly from the regulatory college, you will receive an email from NCAS confirming your referral. Click here to learn How it Works.