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Supportive Care Assistant (SCA)

Post-Secondary Education - Health Care

CICan Micro-Credential Certificate

If you have a passion for working with people, consider becoming a Supportive Care Assistant.  Supportive Care Assistants assist Continuing Care Assistants and other healthcare team members in providing support to long-term care and home care clients.

The Supportive Care Assistant Program is a new fully subsidized program developed to address the labour shortages in the long-term care sector.  This program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and is part of CICan’s Building Capacity in Long-term Care project.  The program allows you to discover a new career, gain work experience and make a difference in your community.  It can help accelerate the next step of your career if you choose to pursue further studies and become a fully certified Continuing Care Assistant (CCA).

This program includes 7-weeks online training and a 9-week paid work placement.

The training is divided into learning modules and will prepare you for a role as a supportive care assistant.  Modules include: Professionalism; Supportive Client-Centred Care; Communication; Supportive Assistance; and Infection Control and Safety. There is also a module related to the work placement that will be completed before, during and after your placement. Each module will take approximately 20 hours to complete.

After completing the required modules, you'll be connected to an employer who will provide 280 hours of paid employment over a 9-week period.

The paid 9-week work placement will take place in a long-term or home care setting. You'll gain experience to help you prepare for a career in the sector while providing much needed support to long-term and home care staff. As a supportive care assistant, you'll provide many non-clinical activities which could include:

  • Assisting with meals
  • Assisting with cleaning and disinfecting
  • Stocking materials required by clients and health care staff
  • Making clients’ beds, cleaning their rooms and other areas
  • Providing companionship, comfort and support
  • Assisting with moving about and accompanying clients as they move about
  • Participating in activities with clients

When you successfully complete all program requirements, you'll be granted a micro-credential certificate. If you choose to go on to become a fully-credentialed Continuing Care Assistant, you'll receive recognition for the program towards the new training. (Please note that you will have to meet the admission requirements for the CCA program.)

To be eligible to participate:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must be legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • English Language Requirement (For English as a second language speakers, you must provide proof of English language skills (IELTS 6.0; CLB 6; CEFR B2) or equivalency)

Additionally, you should:

  • Have an interest in a career in long-term care
  • Have regular access to a computer with an internet connection and recent versions of Google Chrome or Internet Explorer installed
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have access to transportation for work placement(s)
  • Be available to work shifts (evenings/nights/weekends)
  • Be physically able to stand/walk with some bending, twisting, and lifting
  • Meet vaccination requirements of employer

Note: Additional requirements may include a criminal record check and proof of certain immunizations. You may be exposed to communicable diseases during your work placement.

There is no cost for tuition or to register for the Supportive Care Assistant Program. The program is subsidized by the Federal Government and is being offered at no cost to participants. Bursaries are available for dependent care and transportation during the student’s work placement through CICan.  Students may be expected to cover certain costs associated with the placement including a criminal record check or other employment requirements (ex. appropriate clothing or footwear).

It can help accelerate the next step of your career. As a program graduate, you would have access to a $5,000 stipend if you choose to pursue further studies and become a fully certified Continuing Care Assistant (CCA).”

There is no cost for tuition or to register for the Supportive Care Assistant Program. The program is subsidized by the Federal Government and is being offered at no cost to participants. Bursaries are available for dependent care and transportation during the student’s work placement through CICan.  Students may be expected to cover certain costs associated with the placement including a criminal record check or other employment requirements (ex. appropriate clothing or footwear).

Program Details

Location:ONLINE & VARIOUS LOCATION
Start Date:September 01, 2022
Dates & Times:

Ongoing Intake (Please call 1.800.667.2623 for information.)

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