Heritage Community College will be offering a free and fully funded PBLMT Health Care Assistant Diploma in collaboration with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS).

There is a critical shortage of  Health Care Assistants across the province and according to a WorkBC Labour Market Outlook, there is an anticipated annual employment growth of 2.7% in this field. Further, the health care sector is facing huge staffing shortages in nursing care in general and as such , persons certified as Health Care Assistants have the possibility of building upon their skills at a later date to fill other roles in the field.


 Step 1:

  • Attend an information session conducted by the PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR
    • During information sessions, ALL program admissions requirements/processes will be clearly presented to all interested applicants
    • Applicants unable to attend an information session are welcome to email directly to the PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR for more information
  • ALL inquiries and initial application questions will be directed to the PARTIICPANT COORDINATOR. CONTACT EMAIL IS hca@pics.bc.ca

Step 2:

  • AFTER the applicant has had an initial consultation with the PARTICIAPNT COORDINATOR, a scheduled one to one interview will be organized where the applicant will meet the HCA Instructor and Campus Director for an acceptance interview
    • Applicants are encouraged to present any/all admissions documents that they have
    • Upon completion of the acceptance interview, applicants who are selected will receive a CONDITIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE into the program
      • Conditional letter in the event that a candidate is missing a particular admissions requirement pre-requisite, the letter will indicate the deficient requirement
      • In the event, that an applicant succeeds in the selection interview and submits ALL the admissions required documents they will receive an OFFICIAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE



 For each of the 15 participants that meet ALL admissions requirements and are officially accepted into the PBLMT project, the budget covers the following costs:

  • criminal record check [NOTE: accepted participants will be reimbursed, must provide a receipt]
  • TB test [NOTE: accepted participants will be reimbursed, must provide a receipt]
  • All training tuition fees
  • All required textbooks
  • FoodSafe™ Level I
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C
  • Provincial Violence Prevention for Health Care Workers Modules


  • Running shoes for practicum
  • Scrubs [practicum uniform] approximate cost $43.00


  • Program training dates: Feb 18, 2020 to Sep 26, 2020
  • Length: 32 Weeks
  • Classes: (Morning/Evening classes)

Morning classes time: 8:00am to 1:30pm

Evening classes time: 1:30am to 6:30pm

  • 21 weeks of classroom instructions
  • 210 hours clinical placement
  • 80 hours practicum training
  • 2 weeks follow-up Job placement period


  • After completion of the Health Care Assistant Diploma, a Diploma will be provided by the Heritage Community College and the graduate will be eligible to register with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA).
  • Heritage Community College will assist successful graduates in the registry process.
  • Heritage Community College will set up HCA employment Interviews


  • Unemployed and Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or EI reach back claimer
  • Referred by a WorkBC Centre with an Action Plan
  • C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status 19 years of age
  • Proof of Grade 10 English or
  • IELTS: Overall score of 6 / CLB: 7 / CAEL: Overall score of 60
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act)


 English Requirements:

English as First Language Speakers

  • Evidence of one of the following: Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or
  • College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion.  A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.
  • Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50, Spelling 23/32
  • Language Placement Index (LPI): The three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20, out of a maximum possible score of 40.  Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40
  • Accuplacer: Grade 10 level or higher Cut Scores*:  Reading Comprehension 60, Sentences Skill 55,   Write placer 4

English as Second Language Speakers

**Either of the following assessments must have been completed within the last two years or last year:

  • Evidence of one of the following test scores: 1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): test must be within the last two years, IBT only — Overall score of 76 with no score lower than 20 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 18 in Reading and Writing
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General — test must be within the last two years: Overall score of 6 with a minimum of 6 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5.5 in Reading and Writing
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test must be within the last year : Listening 7, Speaking 7, Reading 6 and Writing 6 – Note: a CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic or General — Academic: Aggregate score of 4L or better, with 4L or better in Speaking and Listening and 3H or better in Reading and Writing. General: CELPIP 7 or better in Speaking and Listening and CELPIP 6  in Reading and Writing
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall Score of 60, with no section less than 50 Passing

Pre-Practice Experience Requirements:

  • A clear criminal record check (Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, including clearance to work with vulnerable adults)
  • Immunizations as per Practice Education Guidelines
  • Provide proof of a negative reaction to a TB skin test or a chest x-ray with a note from a physician stating that you are not contagious.
  • A note from a physician stating that you are mentally and physically able to perform duties normally associated with your chosen field.
  • It is strongly recommended that student immunizations remain current for Hepatitis B., Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria.

There are 15 seats in this program that starts on Feb 18, 2020. Initial interview will be held at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) head office at #205-12725 80th Ave, Surrey.

Second and final interview will be held at Heritage Community College at #110 – 8166 128 St. Surrey. Due to the intake process, time is of the essence and acceptance into the program is a “first come first serve” where the 15 seats will fill accordingly.