The development of Health Care Aide Directory was created for the benefit of Health Care Aides, their employers, educators, stakeholders, and the public.
The Directory has several purposes:
- Provides information about Health Care Aides as an important career choice and an important part of the healthcare team
- Provides evidence that HCAs having successfully attained the Core Competencies – including Knowledge, Behaviour, Attitudes, Skills as set out by the Continuing Care Health Service Standards, 2016
- Establishes a centralized place to get important information, news and updates for Alberta’s HCAs
- Educate other healthcare providers and the general public about HCAs role in the healthcare team
- Keep Albertans informed about their healthcare providers
- Alignment with the Government of Alberta’s commitment to having a competent and valued Health Care Aide workforce that provides care to Albertans
- Supports health workforce planning in Alberta
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.
- For the first year 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:
- Employers do not have to create a login to access the directory
- HCAs will create a login as they are responsible for their application and enrolment
- The HCA will name a supervisor to verify their competency information
- After the HCA names the supervisor as the contact, the HCA Directory will automatically email the supervisor and asks the supervisor to create a login
- HCAs and supervisors only need to create one login
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 Services, 2016:
Certified: HCA education obtained through a Government of Alberta licensed post-secondary institution (using the provincial HCA curriculum):
- For the next year evidence of HCA certification can be provided through employer verification and HCAs will not need to provide official transcripts to the Directory
- After the first year, 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
Employer Transition Plan
As an employer who had submitted to the previous HCA Directory please see the following Employer Transition Plan.
- Operators can discontinue submissions to the previous AHS HCA directory effective May 1, 2017
- Anyone who is signed up on the Alberta HCA Directory email list will be notified on May 1, 2017 with instructions on how to enroll as a HCA including instructions on employer responsibilities
- This email can be forwarded to HCAs, students, employers, supervisors, etc.
For further information and assistance with the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory, we have developed a Toolkit. In approximately June, additional online assistance with registration logistics will be available.
For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.