Community Support Worker – Social Services Program

This is the extended Community support worker program aimed at students who wish to focus on the social service aspects of the role with the addition of courses directed towards counselling techniques for children and adults, and training in Palliative care.

Learning Objectives

Community Support Worker- Social Services graduates are provided with the skills to:

  • Administer and implement social assistance programs and community services
  • Assist clients in dealing with personal and social problems
  • Interview clients to obtain case histories and background information
  • Prepare intake reports
  • Assess clients’ progress
  • Refer clients to other social services when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs
  • Maintain good working relationships with other social service agencies

This program includes two practicum placements. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1050 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
49 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Community Support Worker
Day Care Assistant
Developmental Disabilities
Residential Support Worker
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals)
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80)
Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment
International Students:
  • International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.
  • International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:
    • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
    • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
    • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL school
Prerequisites:
  • Applicants for this program must also have excellent communication skills (composition)
  • Sign a criminal/medical waiver
  • Obtain a satisfactory certificate of health from a physician
  • Submit a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General Schedule B)
  • Provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance
  • (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program)
Diploma Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete
  • CPR, First Aid, Crisis Prevention (CPI Certified) and FoodSafe will be completed during the program
Practicum Training Information:

Practicum may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings – 3 to 11 pm or nights – 11 pm to 7 am and possible weekends). Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from designated offsite training and practicum sites. Practicum training is conducted in shifts of a minimum of 5 hours per day for a total of 100 hours or 4 weeks. Placement sites are subject to availability. Practicum sites may require more current CRC and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense).

* Community Support Worker – Social Services Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1050 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
49 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Courses List

This 49 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1050 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
49 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Contact Us Today!

Our advisors are happy to answer any questions.

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