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.
The HCA attainment of core competencies reflects the fulfillment of skills necessary to successfully work as an HCA in Alberta. As an employer you have a key role in verifying the attainment of core competencies of your HCA workforce.
Verification of HCAs Core Competencies
As an Employer, you are required to provide verification of the core competency status of HCAs you employ.
- Up until December 31, 2019, employers are going to verify that Certified applicants HCA education is valid through an online approval process
- Ongoing, employers are going to verify that Substantially Equivalent and Deemed Competency core competency is valid through an online approval process
The process involving employers is as follows:
- HCAs will enrol in the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory. This will become a condition of employment.
- Employers will ensure existing HCAs have enroled on the Directory and that new employees become enroled on the Directory by December 31, 2019.
- 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 goal is to have HCAs competency status transferable from employer to employer, although employers retain the right and responsibility to ensure employees are competent.
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):
- Up until December 31, 2019, evidence of HCA certification can be provided through employer verification and HCAs will not need to provide official transcripts to the Directory
- After December 31, 2019, HCAs will need to provide official transcripts to the HCA Directory, therefore ensuring that HCAs enrolled 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
Substantially Equivalent: HCAs whose HCA education is considered equivalent to the provincial HCA curriculum, and is available on the following link: Recognized HCA Programs Approved School List
- 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 a nurse licensed in Alberta 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 Videos.
For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.