Assessment Requirements

The Substantial Equivalency Assessment is an online assessment process with an anticipated timeline of assessment of 12 weeks once the curriculum and all relevant documentation has been received. For more information, please review the Substantial Equivalence Assessment policies.

For more information on the areas of education and academic competency that will be assessed, applicants are encouraged to review the Alberta Health Care Aide Competency Profile 2018.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to receive the Substantial Equivalence Assessment:

  1. Enrol on the Alberta HCA Directory.
  2. Pay the assessment fee: $300.00 CAD plus GST.
  3. Submit all three (3) of the following documentation
    1. Official academic transcript
    2. Official education program documentation (i.e. Curriculum or Specific learning outcomes)
    3. Provide evidence of English Language Proficiency as outlined in the Substantial Equivalence assessment policies (see policy 2.4).

Please review the following for a more detailed description of each required documentation:

1. Official Academic transcript requested from the institution to be sent directly to or mailed to the Directory. Please review our contact page here.

The following documents are not accepted or considered an official academic transcript:

  • Documents titled Statement of Marks,
  • Statement of Attainment,
  • Detailed Academic Record,
  • Record of Marks,
  • Progress Report, and other similar documents.

2. Official educational program documentation that includes (but is not limited to):

  • Specific learning outcomes (SLOs) for each course,
  • Details related to topics covered and key competencies and skills learned,
  • Number, length, and location(s) of clinical placements/practicum
    • (for example, 1 – 80-hour clinical placements in acute care),

Note: documents may be titled Program/Course Curriculum, Course Syllabi, Course Synopsis, Course Description(s), or Course Outline(s) depending on the institution.

All documentation must be requested from the institution to be sent directly to or mailed to the Directory. Please review our contact page here.

3. English Language Proficiency Requirements (See policy 2.4):

  • Applicants education outside of Canada must provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.
  • See policy 2.4 in the Substantial Equivalence assessment policies for a detailed outline of the English Language Proficiency requirements.


  • Post-assessment, applicants receive a formal electronic letter indicating if they are successful or unsuccessful, along with guidance on the next steps.

Alberta Nursing Students

For more information on employability while undergoing the Substantial Equivalence Assessment, please visit SE Assessment Information webpage. 

Substantial Equivalence Assessment Toolbox