Continuing Care Assistant Program

Education Requirements for Entry to Practice Policy

On April 1, 2006 the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) Continuing Care Branch introduced a hiring policy requiring persons hired in the role of a direct care and support service provider for the first time, in either licensed nursing homes/homes for the aged or home support agencies serving DHW clients, must be Certified CCAs. 

Anyone holding the following Nova Scotia recognized certification is also eligible for hire as a new employee in their respective fields. 

  • Nova Scotia Personal Care Worker (PCW)
  • Nova Scotia Community College Home Health Provider/Home Health Aide (HHP/HHA)
  • Home Support Nova Scotia Association Home Support Worker (HSW)

An individual not holding one of the above noted certificates, who was hired prior to April 1, 2006 as a Personal Care Worker in a Nursing Home/Home for the Aged or as a Home Support Worker in a Home Support Agency providing care to DHW clients in Nova Scotia, and who has been employed in that capacity within the 12 months prior to an employment application, is eligible for hire as a new employee to work in other Nursing Homes and Homes for the Aged and Home Support Agencies. 

Where the candidate does not meet the above requirements, there is a provision for conditional hire. For information regarding Conditional Hire see the Information Package: Implementation Plan Educational Requirements for Entry to Practice Policy.

For additional resources click on the links to the right to access the documents under employment.