The Substantial Equivalency Assessment is an online assessment process with an anticipated timeline of assessment of 4-8 weeks once all relevant documentation has been received. Any individual wishing to be assessed for substantial equivalence is subject to the $300.00 CAD plus GST assessment fee.
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:
- Enrol on the Alberta HCA Directory.
- Pay the assessment fee: $300.00 CAD plus GST.
- Submit all three (3) of the following documentation
- Official academic transcript
- Official education program documentation (i.e. Curriculum or Specific learning outcomes)
- Provide evidence of Academic English Language Arts and English Language Proficiency as outlined in the Substantial Equivalence assessment policies (see policies 2.4 and 2.5).
Please review the following for a more detailed description of each required documentation:
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.
3. Academic English Language Arts and English Language Proficiency Requirements (See policies 2.4 and 2.5):
- All Applicants must provide evidence of acceptable Academic English Language Arts.
- Applicants with English as a Second Language (ESL) must also provide evidence of English Language Proficiency which must be in alignment with Alberta HCA Program requirements, outlined in the Substantial Equivalence assessment policies.
- 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
- Alberta nursing students wishing to receive the Substantial Equivalence assessment must review the requirements outlined on the Alberta Nursing students webpage.
For more information on employability while undergoing the Substantial Equivalence Assessment, please visit SE Assessment Information webpage.