Alberta Provincial Health Care Aide Exam

The Government of Alberta Provincial Exam (Exam) provides a standardized assessment to determine Health Care Aide (HCA) students’ success in meeting the entry to practice HCA Program competencies as outlined in the Alberta HCA Competency Profile (2018).

Alberta Health Care Aide students must successfully complete all course work, practicum and pass the Provincial HCA Examination to graduate from the HCA Program and receive the Government of Alberta 2019 HCA Provincial Curriculum Certificate.

Candidate Handbook

  • Candidates (students) must read the candidate handbook prior to writing their Provincial HCA Examination.
  • The handbook provides students and programs with detailed information about the exam, all requirements, and acceptable actions and behaviours appropriate for an online virtually proctored examination.

Provincial Exam Access Requirements

Examination Information

  • The Exam is computer-based, accessible online, with 24/7 access (excluding statutory holidays).
  • The exam booking system utilizes a 24-hour clock.
  • The Exam is live-proctored.
  • The Exam is 2 hours in length and a fee schedule outlining the Exam fees may be found here.
  • Candidates have a maximum of three Examination attempts within a 60-calendar day period.

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If you have questions about Provincial Exam registration, eligibility, and other general topics:

Exam Reference Documents