For Health Care Aides
Alberta Health has mandated that all Health Care Aides (HCAs) working for a publicly funded employer enrol in the Alberta HCA Directory.
The Ministry of Health has extended the deadline for mandatory enrolment in the Directory from December 20, 2019 to January 31, 2020 for Health Care Aides (HCA) to submit an application to 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 January 31, 2020 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.
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:
- Working and employed in a healthcare setting, and doing the work of a HCA. (Note: some workers are called nursing attendant, nursing assistant, nurses aide, ward aide, personal support worker, etc.)
- A student currently enroled in a Government of Alberta licensed post-secondary institution to offer HCA training.
- A graduate of a Government of Alberta licensed post-secondary institution, are living in Alberta, and currently employed or may not be working as a HCA.
- And individual with out-of-province or international education you are able to enrol on the directory, however you will require an Alberta employer to verify your education and competency.
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 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. 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
- 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
For HCAs that apply to the Directory after January 31, 2020, they will need to provide official transcripts to the Alberta HCA Directory, therefore ensuring that HCAs enroled on the directory have the required education. The official transcripts will need to be requested from the education facility and mailed directly to the Directory, a form will be provided to the HCA.
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 are only able to see the specific information about their own HCA employees. They are able to search for other HCAs on the Directory to see limited information and to check their active status.
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For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory please check the Frequently Asked Questions.