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.
On January 31, 2020 the grandfathering period ended. Certified HCAs who applied prior to this will continue to be assessed.
Beginning February 1, 2020, Certified HCAs who obtained their HCA education through a Government of Alberta licened post-secondary institution wishing to enrol in the Directory must provide their official transcript directly to the Alberta HCA Directory. This is to ensure that they attained the required education.
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.
Can a HCA working for a private employer enrol?
Yes, the Alberta HCA Directory is a useful resource for HCAs, we encourage all HCAs to enrol. 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?
A HCA who is:
- 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 offering HCA training.
- A graduate of a Government of Alberta licensed post-secondary institution living in Alberta.
- An individual with out-of-province or international education is able to enrol on the directory, as long as their education and competency is verified by an Alberta employer or through the substantial equivalence process.
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?
Core competencies are 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).
- On January 31, 2020 the grandfathering period ended. Certified HCAs who applied prior to this will continue to be assessed
- Beginning February 1, 2020, HCAs wishing to enrol in the Directory must provide their official transcripts to the Alberta HCA Directory
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.
- A HCA with education that falls in this category must be employed in Alberta to apply to the Directory; as employer verification is required
- 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 Competency Assessment Profile (CAP) Tool.
- Evidence is required through employer verification, therefore the HCA must be employed by an Alberta HCA operator to apply to the Directory if they want to pursue enrolment 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) Assessment is the responsibility of each organization and do not need to be provided to the Directory
What HCA information will be collected by the Directory?
- Personal and Demographic information: name, address, email address, gender, age and contact information
- Employment Information: employer’s name, primary supervisor’s contact information and the number of hours worked per week
- Attainment of core competencies: name and address of educational institution attended, graduation date and transcript
Official transcripts must be requested from the post-secondary institution 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.
HCA Toolkit and Video Assistance
For more information about the Alberta HCA Directory please check the Frequently Asked Questions.