Community Support Worker Certificate

Certificate
TYPE:
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: $345 - $355 per course
START DATE: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
DELIVERY:
  • Some courses are available online
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

Are you skilled in working with children and families, and looking for a rewarding career path? Become a Community Support Worker by enrolling in this 1-year certificate program today. As a Community Support Worker, you will work closely with children and families who need extra assistance, care and resources.

Careers

With a Community Support Worker Certificate, you’ll be prepared to work with children and adults in a wide variety of community settings, including:

  • Community living agencies and contractors
  • Respite care
  • Supported employment settings
  • Residential support
  • Life skills
  • Leisure and day programs
  • And more

What you will learn

The program is designed for practicing support workers and those who choose to become practitioners. It enhances competence in:

  • Inclusion
  • Human diversity
  • Learning and support strategies
  • Health and wellness
  • Communication
  • Community and relationships
  • Professional practice and accountability

Community Support Worker Certificate Courses

With a Community Support Worker Certificate, you'll be prepared to work with children and adults in a wide variety of community settings, including community living agencies and contractors, respite care, supported employment settings, residential support, life skills, leisure and day programs, and more. The program is designed for practicing support workers and those who choose to become practitioners. It enhances competence in inclusion, human diversity, learning and support strategies, health and wellness, communication, community and relationships, as well as professional practice and accountability

Required Courses

Courses

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
CASS-105 Practicum 3 15 weeks
CASS-105P Practicum 0 15 weeks
CASS-130 Ethical Foundations of Pract 3 15 weeks
CASS-140 Positive Approaches to Teach 1 3 15 weeks
CASS-145 Positive Approaches to Teach 2 3 15 weeks
CASS-150 Life Planning & Support System 3 15 weeks
CASS-160 Physical Care/Health Wellness 3 15 weeks
CASS-180 Supporting Lit. in Diverse Pop 3 15 weeks
CASS-190 CSW Practicum 4 15 weeks
CASS-190P CSW Practicum 0 15 weeks

One of the following:

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
ECCL-178 Professional Interactions 3 15 weeks
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
CASS-110 Communication Skills 3 15 weeks
SSWK-145 Communication & Interpersonal Relationship Skills 3 15 weeks

One of the Following

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
SSWK-225 Introduction to Disabilities 3 15 weeks
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
CASS-120 Hum Div: a Disability Perspect 3 15 weeks

Electives

CASS 189 or 3 credits from Arts, Sciences, ECCL, HCAP, or SSWK

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Fall 2022 Prince George Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Fall 2022 Burns Lake Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Fall 2022 Fort St. James Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Fall 2022 Mackenzie Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Fall 2022 Vanderhoof Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Fall 2022 Quesnel Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Spring 2023 Prince George Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Spring 2023 Burns Lake Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Spring 2023 Fort St. James Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Spring 2023 Mackenzie Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Spring 2023 Quesnel Online Varies (1 year equivalent)
Spring 2023 Vanderhoof Online Varies (1 year equivalent)

Entry Requirements

  • English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or ENGL 050, or ENGL 051, or equivalent  (minimum “C”)
  • Applicants must complete the supplementary Community Support Worker Application

Students have 10 years from the time of first registration to complete all of the course and practicum requirements for the Community Support Worker (CSW) Certificate and/or the Education Assistant (EA) Certificate. This policy applies to CNC courses and to all courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions for credit at CNC. Courses more than 10 years old may be considered for elective credit. Students should contact the Dean to discuss this option. (Please note that professional certification or accreditation bodies and receiving institutions may have different criteria.) For the complete policy, see Ten Year Timeline for Program Completion Policy #E-1.37 available on the CNC Policy web page.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Program Expectations

  • Commitment of an average of ten hours per week per course.
  • MS Office and email skills, high speed internet.
  • Students are required to find their own practicum placements, subject to faculty approval and availability.
  • Students wishing to register in CASS 105, or 195 must have an approved Criminal Records Check on file at CNC prior to registration. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

NOTE: All costs associated with equipment, software, certifications and documentation are the student’s responsibility.

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $345 - $355 per course.

These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities board

Highlights

94%
Employment Rate
Percent of students who graduated from this program and found employment in a related field.
$43,798
Median Salary
Annual provincial median salary in this field according to Work BC.
11,030
Job Openings
Total expected job openings in this field by 2029 according to Work BC.