COVID-19 UPDATE​: NCAS is reopening for assessments again!​​​ 
More details in our Latest News section and FAQs.
Welcome to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)

NCAS provides a three-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) — including health care assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered n​urses, and psychiatric nurses — who hope to practice in British Columbia. ​We also assess health care professionals returning to practice, and health care assistants trained in ​​​other jurisdictions​.  ​​

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Although assessments may be taken in any order, we recommend that you take the CBA first. 

Our Partners​​​

NCAS was born of the collaborative efforts of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, the BC College of Nursing Professionals, as well as the Government of BC's Ministry of Health. BCCNP is currently acting as the operator of NCAS. 

The Ministry of Health provided​ foundational support during the pilot phase of NCAS, and ​continues to fund NCAS as it transitions towards full operations and sustainability. 

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Latest news​​​​​​​​​

NCAS is reopening for assessments again!​​

Updated: June 19, 2020

COVID-19 Health and Safety

 NCAS has closely followed guidelines issued by WorkSafe BC to protect the health and safety of all assessment takers and staff.  Further information on what to expect at our assessment sites will be posted on our website shortly.

Scheduling your Computer-Based Assessment (CBA)

The NCAS CBA is administered by Prometric, which has reopened many of their testing centres in Canada and the world.  Please read carefully to determine which category you fall into:

  1. If you have paid for your CBA, and your previously-scheduled CBA assessment date was cancelled, you should have received an email from us with a customized link asking you to reschedule. If you are in this group and have not heard from us yet, please contact us directly at info@ncasbc.ca.
  1. If you have been referred to us in the past three months, you should receive an email by July 2nd inviting you to create your NCAS account and submit a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). 
  1. If you asked for and received a refund for your CBA, you should have received an email from us asking you to re-pay and re-schedule.  If you are in this group and have not heard from us yet, please contact us directly at info@ncasbc.ca.  

NOTE:  Information on Prometric's testing centre protocols can be found here.

Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment Scheduling
Our SLA/OA assessments at Langara College will resume on August 8, 2020. We have a long and prioritized waitlist. We are prioritizing Assessment Takers that had their previously scheduled SLA-OA cancelled due to the COVID-19 closure. We encourage patience as we do our best to catch up after the COVID closure. Please read carefully to determine which category you fall into:

  1. If you paid for your SLA, and your previously scheduled SLA was cancelled, we will be contacting you within the next few weeks to invite you to reschedule. 
  1. If you paid for your SLA and received a refund, you will receive an email inviting you to re-pay. Once payment is confirmed, you will receive an email inviting you to re-schedule.
  1. If you paid for your SLA, but never had the chance to schedule your SLA, we will be contacting you within the next few weeks inviting you to schedule.​
  1. If you have been referred to us, but have not received anything from us, please note that we will begin processing referrals within the next few weeks. You will receive an email from us shortly.

**Our SLA-OA calendar from August through December 2020 can be found here.​ **

New Referrals to NCAS

 We will begin processing new referrals – those referred to us by either BCCNP or the Care Aide Registry during the COVID-19 closure – before July 2nd. If you are in this group, you will receive an email.

All Assessment Takers who had been referred to NCAS prior to March 12, 2020 will have their standard 12-month deadline extended by five months. We are automatically applying this extension to this group; no specific request or approval is required.

This extension will not apply to new referrals. The 12-month period will commence from the date we begin processing your referral later this month.   

 Future extensions may be applied should COVID-19 lead to additional closures. ​

Further Questions

As we move toward our reopening, NCAS is continuing to discourage phone calls and emails unless necessary. Our (small but mighty) registration team is working through the lengthy administrative process, and directly emailing each of you. The team has no more information than is outlined here.  

Certainly if we have not answered your question here, we'd be happy to help. Please contact us at info@ncasbc.ca.

Thank you for your patience; we know that completing your NCAS assessment is a priority for you and we are working hard to reopen our doors safely. We are looking forward to welcoming you at a Prometric Testing Centre and/or the Langara College Assessment Centre soon! 

​​​​NCAS orientation videos are now available!​

Jun. 27, 2018

To help you prepare for the assessment, NCAS has created two orientation videos. We urge you to watch them! 

We developed the videos to give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you go to complete the simula​tion lab and oral assessment (SLA/OA).

Click here​ to watch the​ videos.​

​To seek a referral to NCAS, contact the ​ regulator or registry:​

OFFICE address​

Suite 900-200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1S4, Canada
Tel: 604.742.6222
Fax: 604.899.0794
Toll Free: 1.866.880.7101 ext 6222 (Canada only)


    M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Closed statutory holidays​​​


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