The Alberta Health Care Aide Directory:
- Serves as a central resource for Alberta HCAs to get information, news and updates
- Confirms that HCAs working in Alberta have successfully attained the core competencies necessary to provide safe, proficient care for patients and clients
- Educates employers, educators, stakeholders and Albertans about HCAs’ role in healthcare
- Acts as a database to collect information on HCA employment necessary for workforce planning
- Aligns with the Government of Alberta’s commitment to having a competent and valued Health Care Aide workforce that provides care to Albertans
Alberta Health has mandated that all Health Care Aides (HCAs) working for a publicly funded employer enrol in the Alberta HCA Directory.
Verification of HCAs Core Competencies
The HCA attainment of core competencies reflects the fulfillment of skills necessary to successfully work as an HCA in Alberta. The role of the employer is to verify the HCAs attainment of core competencies in their HCA workforce.
It is the responsibility of the employer to provide verification of core competency status for HCA candidates and employees.
- On January 31, 2020 the grandfathering period ended. Beginning February 1, 2020 employers will no longer verify Certified HCA education on the Directory
- Beginning February 1, 2020 Certified HCAs wishing to enrol in the Directory must provide their official transcript directly to the Alberta HCA Directory. HCAs will be required to provide transcripts to the Directory
- Ongoing, employers are going to verify that Substantially Equivalent and Deemed Competency core competency is valid through an online approval process
- It is a condition of employment to have all HCAs enrol in the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory
The process involving employers is as follows:
- Employers will ensure existing HCAs have enroled on the Directory and that new employees become enroled on the Directory
- The HCA will provide the name and email address of their current supervisor whom they want to validate their core competency status as part of the enrolment process
- The employer will login to the Directory portal to verify HCA education information, competency status and employment information. To request super user access on the Directory email the Directory
The goal is to have HCAs competency status transferable from employer to employer, although employers retain the right and responsibility to ensure employees are competent.
NOTE: If an HCA is currently enroled in an Alberta Health Care program and are employed within the province of Alberta in an HCA role, they are able to apply to the directory and have their employer verify that they are currently enroled in school.
The following are the core competencies as outlined in the Continuing Care Health Service Standards, 2018:
Certified: HCA education obtained through a Government of Alberta licensed post-secondary institution (using the provincial HCA curriculum):
- For HCAs that apply to the Directory by January 31, 2020, evidence of HCA certification can be provided through employer verification and HCAs will not need to provide official transcripts to the Directory
- On February 1, 2020, HCAs will need to provide official transcripts to the HCA Directory, therefore ensuring that HCAs enroled on the directory have the required education
- Verification of Competencies can take some time to complete, and during the process of verification, the HCA’s status in the Directory will be labeled as Certified – In Progress
- Evidence is required via employer verification
- Verification of Competencies can take some time to complete, and during the process of verification, the HCA’s status in the Directory will be labeled as Substantially Equivalent – In Progress
Deemed Competent: HCAs who are deemed competent by an Alberta regulated nurse employed by an HCA operator using the CAPs (Competency Assessment Profile Tool).
- Evidence is required through employer verification
- Verification of Competencies can take some time to complete, and during the process of verification, the HCA’s status in the Directory will be labeled as Deemed Competent – In Progress
- Retention of CAPs (Competency Assessment Profile) Tools are the responsibility of each organization and are not submitted to the Directory
Employer Toolkit and Video Assistance
For further information and assistance with the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory, we have developed Toolkits and Assistance:
For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.