The Health Care Aide Challenge program is a certification process for uncertified Health Care Aides in Canada with directly related work experience. Other qualifying candidates include foreign-trained nurses and other healthcare professionals with similar experience.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • brandon
  • calgary
  • edmonton
  • online

Program Learning Outcomes

The Health Care Aide Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process is for individuals currently employed as Health Care Aides, Personal Support Workers, Nursing Attendants, internationally-trained Nurses and out-of-province trained Health Care Aides who do not currently possess a Government of Alberta recognized certificate and feel they have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the standards for a Health Care Aide certificate in Alberta.

HCA PLAR Process

  • Self-Assessment and Analysis

    Applicants are required to complete a self-assessment. This self-assessment lists the course learning outcomes and requires applicants to determine their level of proficiency in each one.

  • Creation of an Individual Study Plan

    From this self-assessment, Robertson's educational department will identify knowledge and skill gaps and create an individualized study/training plan that is tailored for you.

  • Challenge of the Course's Written Exam

    If the self-assessment indicates thorough competency and knowledge of the subject, the student may challenge the course exam in a proctored environment.  An 80% grade is required to pass. The HCA certificate consists of 7 courses. Applicants wishing to obtain their certificate must challenge / pass all 7 courses.

  • Self-Study, Online Study or Site-Based Workshops

    Should a student not be successful in completing their challenge exam for a course or if a student and / or Robertson College assessor has indicated they require training in a course, the student will be provided with a self-study module and/or enrolled in an online course to take the appropriate training.  LPN's or RN's identified by the employer may act as tutors for the student(s) under the mentorship of Robertson educators. Students may also choose to attend a site-based learning session at a Robertson College facility.

  • Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

    When the student achieves a passing grade on the individual course exam, the next step requires them to successfully complete an in-lab skills assessment facilitated by a Robertson College educator or an authorized off-site RN or LPN.

what you could be earning in less than one year$31,200 - $41,550wage data taken from:
program duration10 Weeks

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If you meet the requirements for the Health Care Aide Challenge program and would like to pursue your Government of Alberta Health Care Aide certificate, please contact us for information that is specific to your training and experience.

Our Student Admissions Advisors can help walk you through the process of obtaining your Health Care Aide certificate in Alberta.

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