Stage one: New hires in the program start in a health care support worker position and receive workplace training and orientation to their new role.

Your workplace orientation and training take approximately 10-14 days to complete.

Once you have completed your workplace training and orientation, you will begin working as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) until a placement has been secured for you in an educational program at an accredited post-secondary institution.

You are responsible, along with your worksite leader, for ensuring all steps in your workplace training and orientation are completed when and as required.

  • Step one: Attend a Getting Started webinar session

    This voluntary webinar helps you get started in your orientation to your health care support worker role.

    This webinar covers general information, including:

    Please note: this does not replace worksite orientation.

    Please register for a session using the following Learning Hub link.

  • Step two: Complete your provincial standard health care support worker orientation

    Required learning must be complete before you report to the work site:

    This curriculum consists of 18 courses. After successfully completing all of the courses, the curriculum is considered complete. You will receive an email from the Learning Hub indicating that you have completed the curriculum.

    Approximately 22h 20m

    Important: You must show this course completion email to your supervisor in order to be paid for the 22 hours and 20 minutes. You may be required to print the completion email.

  • Step three: Complete your acute care education session

    All HCSWs must attend a virtual acute care education session before completing their on-site orientation.

    Please register for one mandatory education session using the following Learning Hub link. If you are unable to find an education session prior to your on-site orientation date, please notify your manager.

  • Step four: Additional courses

    Note: you must be logged into your Learning Hub account for the links to work.

  • Step five: Complete your worksite orientation

    Somebody from your site will explain policies and procedures that are specific to your worksite.

  • Step six: Orientation shifts assigned by your leader

    The orientation shifts expose you to the various roles within the care team, as well as various processes and procedures within your worksite.

    They also help you to understand various things you can do to support each member of the care team.

    Approximately 30-44h

  • Step seven: Prerequisite learning requirements for post-secondary training

    If not already done, you must complete the following pre-requisite for admission to your educational training:

    1. Completing a N95 mask fit test
    2. Passing a Criminal record check
    3. Obtaining a clear Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test result
    4. Immunizations for the following communicable diseases:
      • Measles
      • Mumps
      • Rubella
      • Varicella
      • Tetanus
      • Diphtheria
      • Pertussis
      • Polio
      • Hepatitis B
      • Influenza
      • COVID-19

    Where to get immunized?

    If you are having difficulties booking an appointment with your local public health unit to receive your vaccines, you can explore community vaccine providers. A local pharmacy may also be able to special order vaccines through the local public health unit.

    Alternatively, if your family doctor provides immunizations they may be able to special order vaccines through the local public health unit.

  • Step eight: Ongoing support - health care support worker Community of Practice

    Fraser Health hosts regular Community of Practice meetings for health care support workers.

    The health care support workers Community of Practice comes together for one hour to share experiences, knowledge, successes, challenges, education, and tools. These optional meetings are encouraged, but not required.

    The health care support workers Community of Practice has three main goals:

    • to provide support to health care support workers
    • to share tools and resources
    • to encourage collaborative learning from one another

    The health care support workers Community of Practice features speakers on a variety of topics, and provides opportunities to ask questions. Each health care support worker will receive the invitations to their Fraser Health email.