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Welcome to the NCSO® Study Guide Page.

The documents below have been created to assist you with your preparation to write the National and Provincial NCSO® / NHSA™ exams.

To adequately prepare for the NCSO® / NHSA™ exams, applicants are encouraged to develop a study plan and begin reviewing course materials at least one month prior to their scheduled exam session. We additionally encourage you to join one of our regularly scheduled NCSO® / NHSA™ Exam prep session, as well as form study groups with your peers.

To join a study session, please navigate to the NCSO® Exam Study Prep Session Calendar page using the link below, or contact ncso@bccsa.ca | 604 636 0326 to request a spot in an upcoming session. Study sessions can be attended in person at the BCCSA office, or via conference call.

NCSO® / NHSA™ 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.