Program encourages certification as Continuing Care Assistants

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Government is encouraging more people to become certified to work in the Nova Scotia continuing care sector.

A release states a new pilot program will provide funding for an assessment of people's skills and experience and the completion of the Recognized Prior Learning process to become certified to work as continuing care assistants.

The Recognized Prior Learning process consists of an assessment phase, followed by an education phase.

In the assessment phase, the participant shows what they know, while the education phase allows for the completion of any outstanding training, education modules or skills demonstrations and then completes a certification exam.

The province says the pilot will support up to 200 participants by waiving the assessment phase fees of $800 and/or reducing the education phase fees by $800.

The qualification criteria for the program is as follows:

  • participants must be accepted into either phase of the Recognized Prior Learning program between March 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021;
  • a letter from a Nova Scotia continuing care employer that indicates employment or an offer of employment must be provided;
  • participants must confirm their intentions to work in Nova Scotia for a minimum of one year after certification;

10 new assessors and more support for employers to screen participants are included in the funding, which comes from the Canada-Nova Scotia Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addiction Services Funding Agreement.