About the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory
HCAs are the largest occupational group of continuing care providers in Alberta, and the second largest group of healthcare workers. Currently, HCAs are not regulated, and information about their workforce is not recorded.
The Alberta Health Care Aide Directory collects relevant HCA demographics, employment statistics and attainment of core competencies without any fee. In addition to providing a centralized location for information about HCAs, the Directory provides an annual renewal process, allows for transferability of assessed core competencies among employers (though it is still the employer’s responsibility to ensure competence), and helps to educate the public about Alberta’s Health Care Aides.
The HCA Directory offers many benefits:
- Provides information about Health Care Aides as an important career choice and an important part of the healthcare team
- Demonstrates that HCAs have successfully attained the Core Competencies – including Knowledge, Behaviour, Attitudes, and Skills as set out by the Continuing Care Health Service Standards, 2018
- Establishes a centralized place to get important information, news and updates for Alberta’s HCAs
- Educates other healthcare providers and the general public about HCAs role in the healthcare team
- Keeps Albertans informed about their healthcare providers
- Aligns with the Government of Alberta’s commitment to having a competent and valued Health Care Aide workforce that provides care to Albertans
Who are HCAs and what role do they have within the healthcare team?
HCAs provide the majority of direct care within the continuing care sector, and are active contributors to other parts of the healthcare system. HCAs contribute in many ways to patient care including:
- Delivery of basic health services
- Acute and Continuing Care (home care, supportive living, long term care)
- Assistance and support with activities of daily living for clients with medical conditions or functional limitations
To view the skills, knowledge, behaviors and attitudes required by Health Care Aides in Alberta, see the Alberta Health Care Aide Competency Profile (2018).
Who Can Enrol?
Any individual working in an HCA role in a healthcare setting, regardless of job title, are able to enrol themselves in the Alberta HCA Directory. Individuals with out-of-province or international education are able to enrol on the directory, however require an Alberta employer to verify their education and competency.
Individuals with HCA certification [i.e. from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta using the approved Government of Alberta HCA Provincial Curriculum] and living in Alberta who are seeking employment may enrol in the Directory.
For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
Oversight of the Directory
The Directory is funded by Alberta Health, and is administered by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The CLPNA is a well-respected and experienced organization that successfully regulates LPNs in Alberta. Along with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health, they are eager to guide the advancement of the HCAs, and inform the public about their healthcare providers.