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 12-14 days to complete.
Once you have completed your workplace training and orientation, you will begin your educational program at an accredited post-secondary institution once a placement has been secured for you.
You are responsible, along with your facility leader, for ensuring all steps in your workplace training and orientation are completed when and as required.
Step one: Watch the Getting Started webinar video
This video helps you get started in your orientation to your health care support worker role.
This webinar video covers general information, including:
- What is long-term care and assisted living?
- What person-centered care means
- How to create a Learning Hub account
- How to enroll in required training, including the Provincial standard health care support worker orientation program
- What ‘non-clinical’ and ‘non-direct care’ mean in relation to your role
Please note: this video does not replace worksite orientation.
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: Additional courses
If you are a Fraser Health employee:
- You are required to take the Fraser Health New Employee Required Learning course before your first shift - approximately 4h
- Before you take the course, you will need to verify your employment status.
- You are also required to take the Fraser Health virtual/classroom-based Violence Prevention course within six weeks of starting work. - approximately 8h
Note: you must be logged into your Learning Hub account for the links to work.
If you are working for an affiliated (contracted) or non-affiliated (private pay) facility:
Information on classroom/virtual violence prevention education will be provided by your site leadership.
Step four: Complete your worksite orientation
Step five: 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 facility.
They also help you to understand various things you can do to support each member of the care team.
Step six: Prerequisite learning requirements for post-secondary training
If not already done, you must complete the following pre-requisite for admission to your educational training:
- Pass an English language proficiency test (if necessary)
- Obtain a Foodsafe Level One certificate
- Complete a CPR C and Standard First Aid course
- Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) checklist which includes:
- Completing a N95 mask fit test
- Passing a Criminal record check
- Obtaining a clear Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test result
- Immunizations for the following communicable diseases:
- Hepatitis B
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 seven: 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.