Health Care Assistant Certificate

  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: Sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education
START DATE: Start date varies - Start date varies
  • Alternate Delivery
  • Some courses are available through DDI
Important information for applicants:

A new work-study process can help you become a health care assistant. Learn more about this process and how you can apply.

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Are you a caring and patient individual looking for a rewarding profession in the health care sector? Earn a fulfilling career as a Health Care Assistant by registering in CNC’s Health Care Assistant Certificate today. This program teaches you the skills to care for persons with disabilities who live in long-term care facilities or in private homes.


Upon completion of this certificate, you will be highly employable in a variety of environments including:

  • Complex care facilities
  • Home support agencies
  • Group homes
  • Hospice house
  • Assisted living facilities
  • BC Cancer Agency

As a graduate of our program, once you receive your certificate, you are eligible for a registration with the BC Care Aide Registry. This qualifies you to work anywhere in BC as a Health Care Assistant.

What you will learn

Working as a Health Care Assistant, you will help clients meet their needs in all dimensions of health- either within their home or within a shared living facility. This program prepares you to help with assessments, communication, and daily activities which include:

  • Daily nutrition
  • Personal hygiene
  • Delivery of medicine and medical prescriptions
  • Providing First Aid if necessary
  • Safe transportation to and from appointments and activities

Health Care Assistant Certificate Courses

CNC's program gives you the skills to care for disabled individuals living in long-term care facilities or private homes. To help clients meet their needs in all dimensions of health in their home or in a facility, the program prepares you to help with assessments, communication, and activities of daily living (such as nutrition and personal hygiene).

Required Courses

HCAP-120 Health & Healing: Concepts 3 11 weeks
HCAP-125 Health 1: Interpersonal Comm 3 12 weeks
HCAP-130 Health 2: Lifestyle & Choices 2 6 weeks
HCAP-135 Intro to Practice 2 8 weeks
HCAP-140 Healing 1 4 13 weeks
HCAP-145 Healing 2 3 8 weeks
HCAP-150 Healing 3 4 17 weeks
HCAP-195 Practical Experience in Home 2 12 weeks
HCAP-199 Practice Exp Complex Care 4 20 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Study while you work

CNC and Northern Health are partnering on delivering the new Health Careers Access Program (HCAP), an initiative of the Government of British Columbia. This is a work-study program, designed to increase the number of health care assistants in BC. This means a change to how you would normally apply to CNC to learn the skills needed for the role.

HCAP is only available to individuals hired as health care support workers by Northern Health or another approved health care employer in the region CNC serves. You complete your training while also working part-time as a health care support worker, providing a variety of critical non-clinical, non-direct care supports to patients and residents.

Upon completion of this fully-sponsored program, you earn a recognized post-secondary credential and are eligible to register as a health care assistant.

Due to the format of this program, location of study may vary.

Start date varies Fort St. James In Class 1 year
Start date varies Burns Lake In Class 1 year
Start date varies Mackenzie In Class 1 year
Start date varies Vanderhoof In Class 1 year
Start date varies Quesnel In Class 1 year
Fall 2021 Prince George In Class 1 year

Entry Requirements

  1. Two English 10 courses (minimum “C”), or ENGL 030 (minimum “C”), or equivalent.
  2. Workplace Mathematics 10 (minimum “C”) or equivalent.
  3. English language competency requirements for Applicants whose first language is not English: 
    All BC HCA program applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Domestic and/or international applicants whose first language is not English will need to take a standardized proficiency assessment to confirm communicative competency in all four language skills areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing). To determine if you meet the English Language Requirements, please refer to the most recent English Language HCA Program Entry Competency Requirements (pdf) criteria outlined by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry 

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Program Requirements

Within 2 weeks of the program start, proof of the following requirements must be provided. Incomplete certifications or documentation will prevent students from entering clinical placements. All certifications must remain valid throughout the program.

  1. Current immunization status – as recommended by the BC Center for Disease Control and as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines of BC. See Practice Education Guidelines BC Immunizations.
  2. TB screening: Negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray.
  3. Criminal record check (CRC). A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent a student from entering clinical or practicum components of the program and prevent eligibility for graduation. RCMP record checks are not valid.
  4. First Aid that includes CPR Level “C” or Basic Life Support (BLS). Online CPR courses that do not include face-to-face practice components are not acceptable.
  5. FoodSafe Level 1 Certificate.
  6. Respirator N95 Fit Testing must be completed for proper respiratory mask fitting. 

Note: All costs associated with certifications, courses and/or documentation requirements are the student’s responsibility.

Invest in your future

This is a fully paid program, sponsored by the Ministry of Advanced Education. This means that student fees, tuition, cost of school supplies, etc. will not be charged to students. In addition, students will receive a weekly stipend of approximately $800/week while they attend school and then receive a wage for the weeks they are out working.

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.


Employment Rate

Percent of polled students who graduated from this program and found employment in a related position.

$40K- $50K
Median Salary

Annual provincial median salary in this field according to Work BC.

Job Openings

Total expected job openings in this field by 2029 according to Work BC.