Diploma Program

Community Support Worker - Social Services

PENDING PTIB APPROVALS, not open for registrations

Program Overview

SELC’s Community Support Worker Social Services Program is for students who want to help build healthy communities, and support marginalized or vulnerable individuals. Students in this program learn vital skills such as interviewing and counselling skills, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. SELC students will also reflect on their own practice through self-exploration,personal growth and development. This program will prepare students to work with indigenous clients in an anti-oppressive environment; indigenous voices are infused throughout the program. Students will learn how to be an advocate for their clients, while promoting self-determination. The goal of this program is to train students to assist individuals who are in need of support for basic activities of daily living, mental health struggles, substance use, domestic violence, and any other concerns and issues that affect the development of the whole person.

Career Occupation

NOC Code: 4212

Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to work in any of the following: social agencies, schools, the justice system, hospitals, nursing homes, residential treatment centers, clinics, employee-assistance programs, child-welfare programs, governmental and policy-making agencies, NGOs, rehabilitation/detoxification centers womens’ shelters/safe houses, and a multitude of other settings. Social and community service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services, and assist clients to deal with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities and other establishments.
Illustrative example(s)

Students require ONE of the following

Students require ALL of the following:

Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency for domestic students

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and completion of high school studies and/or commencement of post-secondary studies OR have achieved MATURE STUDENT STATUS: 19 years of age, out of secondary school for a minimum of 1 year with program industry experience minimum of 100 hours

Criminal Record Check


Program Duration

  • 44 weeks - total of 920 hours
  • Classroom Instruction 800 hours
  • Practicum Hours 120 hours



Student Success Strategies (40 Hours)

Interpersonal Communication for Community Support Workers (40 Hours)

Basic Computing for Human Service Workers (40 Hours)

Developmental Psychology I (40 Hours)

Developmental Psychology II (40 Hours)

Exploring Developmental Disabilities (40 Hours)

Fundamentals of Mental Health (40 Hours)

Fundamentals of Poverty (40 Hours)

Understanding Addiction (40 Hours)

Intimate Partner Violence (40 Hours)

Interviewing Techniques I-Youth (40 Hours)

Interviewing Techniques II-Adult (40 Hours)

Supporting Activities of Daily Living (40 Hours)

Intervention Strategies (40 Hours)

Family Dynamics & Culture (40 Hours)

Indigenous Approaches to Healing (40 Hours)

Trauma Informed Practice (40 Hours)

Self-care & Preventing Burnout (40 Hours)

Professional Ethics for Human Service Workers (20 Hours)

Career Success I (100 Hours)

Additional Courses & Certifications

Emergency First Aid & CPR C (equivalent to OFA Level 1) (8.5 Hours)

WHMIS Online Certification (2 Hours)

Food Safe Level 1 (8 Hours)

Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certification (8 Hours)

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Certification (1.5 Hours)

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