Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career helping people in need? Earn an introductory career in Social Services with a Social Service Worker Certificate from CNC. As a Social Service Worker, you will work with a variety of individuals needing social assistance, on a daily basis.
Upon completion of this program, you can find work in a variety of areas including but not limited to:
- Residential child care services
- Residential adult care services
- Women’s and men’s programs
- Group homes
- First Nations social services organizations
What you will learn
This program gives you the basic skills and knowledge needed for work as a social service paraprofessional. It combines theory and classroom instruction with practical experience. Not sure if you want a Certificate or a Diploma? Students at the diploma level work in situations requiring greater independence and a higher level of skill than expected in the Social Service Worker Certificate. The credits earned toward your certificate can also transfer to the diploma program upon completion.
Social Service Worker Certificate Courses
With a one year Social Service Certificate, you can find work in residential child/adult care services, men's and women's programs, group homes, shelters, First Nations social services organizations, and more. This program gives you the basic skills and knowledge needed for work as a social service paraprofessional. It combines theory and classroom instruction with practical experience.
Choose One Of
||Aboriginal Services Practicum and Seminar
One SSWK Elective
Choose from any other SSWK elective or any of the following:
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.
- High school graduation or equivalent.
- English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or ENGL 050, or ENGL 051, or equivalent (minimum “C”).
- Completion of application package.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Once accepted into the program, the student must complete a criminal record search. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent them from registering for practicum. Practicum is required for graduation.
It is recommended that all successful candidates have current:
- TB testing and a complete immunization regime as per Northern Health recommendations for health and social service worker students.
- Emergency level first aid
- FoodSafe certification
- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention certification
- Non-violent Crisis Intervention certification
- Valid class 5 driver’s license
These recommendations are considered assets for employment in the Social Service Worker field. All costs associated with certifications, courses and/or documentation requirements are the student’s responsibility.
If there is room in the program, the student will be accepted once they have met all the admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted.” If the student qualifies after the program is full, they will be put on a wait list.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Based on skills and knowledge acquired through life and/or work experience, students may be able to obtain course credits in the Social Services Worker Program. Through an assessment process, students applying for PLAR credit will document and demonstrate their capabilities based on identified competencies and the learning objectives of the SSWK course for which they seek credit.
This option applies to SSWK 195 and SSWK 186/196, the practicum components of the program. To explore this option, please see a CNC Academic Advisor for assistance with initiating a Prior Learning Assessment application. Applications will be considered per institutional policy.
For more information, please contact CNC Academic Advising.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost for this program is $3,765.
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.