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NCSO® / NHSA™ Designation

National and Provincial Exams

NCSO & NHSA Designations

Exam Format:
  • Online: Virtually Proctored (2 Hours)
  • Accessible on Thursdays between 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Exam Cost:
  • National Exam: $60 + GST per attempt
  • Provincial Exam: $40 + GST per attempt
Get Started
Log into the NCSO® / NHSA™ portal to register for your exams:


  • Please be advised that NCSO®/NHSA™ National and Provincial Exams have moved to an online format.
  • To register for your exams, you must submit your NCSO® / NHSA™ application for review first. Once your application is reviewed and approved, you can register.
  • After registration, your exams will be accessible only on Thursdays. You can log into your exam starting at 8:00 a.m. up until 12:00 p.m. You will have 2 hours to complete the national exam and 2 hours to complete the provincial exam.
  • Students can choose to complete both exams on the same day or complete them on separate days.
  • Exams will be available for 30 days after your initial registration (only on Thursdays) until you have completed the exam. If you miss your exam, your registration will be transferred to the Thursday of the following week. After 30 days, your registration will expire. If you can’t complete your exam within 30 days of your initial registration, contact
  • Ensure that you are adequately prepared to write the exams. Please see our Exam Study Resources for support. We highly encourage NCSO® / NHSA™ candidates to attend an upcoming Exam Prep Session before attempting the exams.

Exam Policy:

If a candidate completes an exam unsuccessfully, they will be required to wait 90 days before reattempting the exam. A second unsuccessful attempt will result in a 12-month waiting period. After 3 consecutive unsuccessful attempts, the candidate will have to repeat all NCSO®/NHSA™ compulsory and elective courses and restart their application before being eligible to write the exam again. Each additional attempt costs $60 + GST for the National Exam and $40 + GST for the Provincial Exam. Any unsuccessful attempts in other provinces will not affect your status with the BCCSA.

Exam Requirements:
  • Hardware & Software
    • Computer or Laptop: Participants should have access to a computer or laptop with a reliable internet connection. Smartphones and tablets will not work.
    • Web Browser: Participants should have a modern web browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge) installed and updated for accessing the online exam platform. For the best user experience, we recommend using Google Chrome. Please allow pop-ups in your browser.
    • Webcam Requirement: Participants must have a functioning webcam to complete the NCSO®/NHSA™ exams.
  • Environment & Workspace
    • Quiet and Well-Lit Space: Participants should select a quiet, well-lit, and comfortable space for the online training to minimize distractions and ensure a conducive learning environment.
    • Minimal Interruptions: Participants should plan to minimize interruptions during the online training to fully engage.
  • You are required to show government-issued ID. Acceptable forms of identification are:
    • Drivers License
    • BC Services Card
    • Nexus Card
    • Passport
    • Certificate of Indian Status
    ** Identification must have a photograph of you on it **

Need Help? Have a NCSO® / NHSA™ Question?

We have staff who can help make your NCSO® / NHSA experience as straightforward as possible!

  • BCCSA NCSO® / NHSA Program
  • Phone: (604) 636-3675
  • Toll Free: 1 (877) 860-3675
  • E-mail:

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  • Weekends & Holidays:  Closed