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Mandatory Enrolment

Alberta Health has mandated that all Health Care Aides (HCAs) working for a publicly funded employer enrol in the Alberta HCA Directory.

Why is it mandatory?
Having all HCAs working for a publicly funded employers enrol in the Directory will provide Alberta Health and its partners with good workforce data, which will support the development of health human resource plans. More importantly, it will provide public assurance that Alberta’s HCAs are competent.

Based on a directive from Alberta Health, publicly funded employers have until the end of December 2019, to:

  • Enrol all existing HCA employees;
  • Enrol all new HCA employees;
  • Ensure that all HCAs maintain current and active status in the Directory; and
  • Notify contracted operators of these requirements and conditions.

Why enrol?

The Alberta HCA Directory is a useful resource for HCAs. By enroling in the Directory, you can directly impact your career by:

  • demonstrating achievement of your core competency status;
  • providing accurate workforce data to support the development of provincial workforce planning; and
  • having a one-stop location to get HCA information, news, educational opportunities and updates. This includes course offerings for skills development, education and training, and job links.

Who can enrol?

You can enrol in the Directory if you are:

How do I enrol?

Review the Alberta HCA Directory Enrolment Guide and Checklist for more information and directions on how to enrol.

How do I know if I qualify as an HCA in Alberta?

The following are the core competencies as outlined in the Continuing Care Health Service Standards, 2018. When applying as a HCA on this Directory you will fall under one of these core competency statuses.

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 enroled on the directory have the required education
  • Verification of Competencies can take some time to complete. 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 Schools List

  • Evidence is required via employer verification, therefore you need to be employed to apply to the Directory if your education falls in this category
  • 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 CompetentHCAs who are deemed competent by a nurse licensed in Alberta using the Competency Assessment Profile (CAP) Tool

  • Evidence is required through employer verification, therefore you need to be employed to apply to the Directory if your education falls in this category
  • 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 CAP (Competency Assessment Profile) Tools are the responsibility of each organization and do not need to be provided to the Directory

What information will the Directory collect about me?

  • Personal and Demographic information: name, address, email address, gender, age and contact information.
  • Employment Information: your employer’s name, your primary supervisor’s contact information and the number of hours that you work
  • Attainment of core competencies including name and address of educational institution you attended, graduation date and transcript

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.

What kind of information will be provided to current employers?

The HCA Directory will act as an information database giving employers the opportunity to learn about the HCA role and status of attainment of core competencies.

The HCA Directory will supply the following elements:

  • HCA Name
  • HCA attainment of core competencies
  • HCA Employment Profile
  • HCA Directory enrolment and expiry dates

Note that employers can only see their HCA employees; no other HCAs in Alberta.

 

HCA Toolkit and Video Assistance

Alberta HCA Directory Enrolment Guide and Checklist

 

HCA Information and FAQ Sheet

HCA Directory Project Overview YouTube Video

HCA Directory Account Creation How-To YouTube Video

HCA Directory Application Form How-To YouTube Video

For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory  please check the Frequently Asked Questions.