You have one year to complete your NCAS referral, from the date that NCAS processes your referral to the date you complete your final assessment component.
The CBA and SLA must be completed within six months of each other. If six months is exceeded, the CBA will need to be retaken at full cost. This is because the NCAS assessment evaluates competencies and knowledge at a specific point in time: the more time that lapses, the less valid the results.
To schedule an NCAS assessment, we must have received and processed your referral from a relevant regulatory college or registry.
Computer-based Assessment: The CBA is administered by Prometric at their testing centres across Canada and around the world. Once you have paid the assessment fee, you will be sent a link to Prometric's online scheduling tool and can self-schedule, choosing from a range of dates and testing centre locations nearest you.
Simulation Lab Assessment: SLA assessments in Maritime Canada take place at the NCAS Assessment Centre, located within the Centre for Collaborative Learning and Research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
To schedule your SLA, you must pay the assessment fee first. Once fees are received, you will be contacted by NCAS directly to book your SLA date.
It is recommended that you do not make any travel arrangements until you have scheduled your CBA and/or SLA assessments.
SLA assessments are offered on Saturdays only. The calendar for available SLA dates is typically released about three months at a time. This allows NCAS to build a schedule that best meets Assessment Taker need.
Our current schedule is as follows:
You may reschedule your CBA up to 48 hours in advance of your scheduled session by visiting prometric.com and paying the applicable administrative fee.
If you wish to cancel or reschedule your CBA within 48 hours of your scheduled assessment date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees apply.
No-showing for your CBA will result in a full forfeiture of your fees. Please review the Fees & Policies page for further detail.
NCAS allows rescheduling of your SLA up to 30 days prior to your assessment, one-time only. The SLA has limited daily capacity, and once scheduled, a spot has been reserved for you. If you need to reschedule your SLA, please contact us immediately.
If you need to reschedule your SLA a second time, a CAD $250 fee will apply.
We cannot reschedule an SLA assessment with 30 or fewer days notice.
Illness-related rescheduling requests need to be accompanied by a doctor's note or COVID-test result.
Like all of us, Prometric and NCAS are monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 and following regional health ordinances closely.
Should either Prometric or NCAS be required to close or reduce capacity at our Assessment Centre at any time, all Assessment Takers will be notified as soon as possible. CBA assessments will be rescheduled by Prometric within a few days, according to test centre availability. SLA assessments will require placement on a prioritized waitlist for when we are able to resume SLA assessments.
Please note that NCAS will not be responsible for any Assessment Taker travel expenses in the event of an Prometric Testing Centre or NCAS Assessment Centre closure.
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