Welcome! Arriving on this page means you are well on your way to scheduling your NCAS CBA assessment.

What’s NCAS?

NCAS is the Nursing Community Assessment Service. NCAS provides a two-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) - including health care assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses – who hope to practice in the provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island, Canada. Regulators use our assessment service to help determine:

  • if an internationally educated candidate has competencies that are substantially equivalent to an entry-level practitioner in that role;
  • any competence gaps that require supplementary education or training;
  • an alternate profession/role for which the applicant has demonstrated requisite competencies.

Learn more about NCAS here: www.ncasbc.ca.

What’s the CBA?

The CBA is one of two  NCAS assessment components. It’s a three-hour, proctored, computer-based assessment. You can take the assessment at one of more than a hundred testing centres in 60 countries in the world by clicking on the scheduling buttons on this site.

The CBA seeks to assess your knowledge of the skills and competencies required to enter practice in the health practitioner role you desire. 

The assessment is made up of gradually unfolding cases that take you through the step-by-step process of clinical thinking and decision making. There is no pass or fail.  Rather, the assessment is aimed at identifying strengths and gaps.  Your results will not be sent to you until you have completed the Simulation Lab Assessment.

Scheduling your Exam

To schedule a CBA, you must have received a confirmation email from NCAS.  Please contact info@ncasbc.ca if you have not yet received your confirmation email.

Most NCAS CBA exams must be taken a Prometric Testing Centre, with limited options for remote proctoring – currently this is in place for the Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) CBA only. Please click here to schedule your exam.

Do review the preparatory resources available on the NCAS website here: How To Prepare