Comprehensive Health Care Aide students working with a patient

Comprehensive Health Care Aide Challenge


The Comprehensive Health Care Aide (CHCA) program is designed to train individuals for a rewarding career in the health care profession. If you are already employed as a health care aide and can successfully complete Assiniboine’s challenge process, you have the opportunity to obtain a CHCA program certificate. 

Applicants to the CHCA Challenge program will get credit for the hours they have already worked in health care settings as a health care aide. If you have worked 300 hours in the previous 12 months, you are eligible to challenge the program’s practicum component.

You’ve worked in health care for a long time, and now is your chance to turn all that hard work into a formally recognized certificate. The CHCA Challenge encourages you to work at your own pace so the course work can fit into your busy schedule. Once you register for a course, you have four months to complete it!

Upon completion of the CHCA Challenge program, continue to be an important part of the health care team. You will be valued for your commitment to continuous learning, and you may be able to find additional jobs in other areas of health care.

A Comprehensive Health Care Aide certificate can open the door to jobs for you in hospitals, personal care homes, acute and extended care, doctors offices, private care facilities, mental health setting and home care. 


A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent.

Applicants must be employed in a health setting as a health care aide and have a minimum of 300 clinical hours in the previous 12 months to be eligible for the credit of Work Experience 1. Upon receiving credit for Work Experience 1, applicants are eligible to challenge Term 1 Theory and Laboratory and then Term 2 Theory. To be eligible for credit for Work Experience 2, applicants must provide verification of clinical hours with a minimum of 40 hours in Geriatrics, 24 hours in Mental Health, 40 hours in Acute, and 16 hours in Community/Home Care within the last 12 months. The clinical hours must be paid work hours and not volunteered. These clinical requirements will be assessed on an individual basis.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See for more information.

Students are responsible for identifying a qualified preceptor (LPN/RN) for the administration of the clinical examination or be tested by Assiniboine’s faculty at a mutually-agreed date and time. Prior to writing the theory and clinical exams, proof of payment is required. Proof of current registration in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - Level HCP is required as part of the challenge. A photocopy of the registration is acceptable. Students must provide proof of completion of an approved 12-hour, non-violent crisis intervention training course or Provincial Healthcare Violence Prevention Program.

Prior to the start of the practicum rotations, students must complete the following:

  • Up-to-date and completed immunizations
  • Evidence of current certification in cardiopulmonary   resuscitation – Health Care Provider level (CPR-HCP)
  • Evidence of a current Criminal Record, Child Abuse Registry, and Adult Abuse Registry checks
  • Evidence of completion of an approved 12-hour, non-violent crisis intervention training course or Provincial Healthcare Violence Prevention Program

Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students disclose convictions for any offenses. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record may be unable to complete the program. Applicants listed on the Child Abuse Registry and/or Adult Abuse Registry will be unable to complete the program if they require practicum experiences involving persons in care. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Nursing prior  to applying.

Registry check must be current. Documents obtained prior to program acceptance will not be acceptable. Please note that the process for completing these documents may take 4-6 weeks.

Careers & Connections


Graduates find employment in acute and extended care hospitals, personal care homes, private care facilities, mental health settings and home care.


Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

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