Social Service Worker UT Diploma

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LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $7244
START DATE: Fall 2022
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Are you looking for an introduction to a University program in Social Work? The Social Service Worker (UT) Diploma prepares you for the social service area and for entry into some universities’ degree programs.


After completing this Diploma, students may apply to some universities’ degree program. After completing a university degree, career opportunities can include:

  • Child protection
  • Probation management
  • Mental health
  • Residential treatment
  • Alcohol and drug programs

Social Service Worker UT Diploma Courses

The two year Social Service Worker (UT) Diploma prepares you for the social service area and for entry into some universities' degree programs. After completing a university degree, career opportunities can include child protection, probation, mental health, residential treatment, alcohol and drug programs, and more.

Required Courses

Three credits from SSWK or other human service discipline (e.g., AECE, CASS, ECCL, FASD, OASW) * 

*Note: Only 3 credits from a human service discipline other than SSWK can be used to satisfy the SSWK elective demands.

A minimum grade of C in all SSWK courses is required to graduate with a SSWK Diploma

SSWK-199 Practicum & Seminar 3 2 weeks
SSWK-145 Communication & Interpersonal Relationship Skills 3 15 weeks
SSWK-151 Social Welfare Policy 3 15 weeks
SSWK-142 Helping Skills Practical Appl. Applications 3 15 weeks
ABST-100 Yinka Dene Worldview 3 15 weeks
ENGL-103 Composition & Style 3 15 weeks
SSWK-171 Intro to Social Work Practice 3 15 weeks
SSWK-195 Issues Principles Fieldwork 3 15 weeks

Required Courses

WMST-101 Intro to Womens' Studies I 3 15 weeks
SOC-101 Intro. to Sociology I 3 15 weeks
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology I 3 15 weeks
FASD-301 Fundamental & Prof. Implicat. 3 10 weeks
SSWK-199 Practicum & Seminar 3 2 weeks
ABST-101 Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 3 15 weeks
SOC-206 Social Problems 3 15 weeks
SOC-230 Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Families 3 15 weeks
SSWK-271 Health & Wellness Self-Care Lab 1.5 15 weeks

3 University Transfer Electives


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.

Fall 2022 Prince George In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements

  1. Successful completion of one of the following:
    • Grade 12 with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples
    • ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate plus English 045
    • GED Certificate plus English 045 or English 12 or English 12: First Peoples

Note: For all of the above, you must have a minimum “C” grade in English 12 or English 12: First Peoples or English 045.

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

  1. Two references from a Social Service employer, volunteer supervisor, teacher, or social service professional, attesting to your personal suitability for work in this field.
  2. A work/volunteer experience resumé. You must have at least 30 verifiable hours of volunteer experience in the past three years.
  3. A written statement (max. 4 pages) on your interest in the social service field, your understanding of what the field is about, and the personal attributes that would make you a viable candidate for this program.

Note 1: You’ll have to undergo a criminal record search, Schedule B, through the Ministry of Justice. Any costs are your responsibility.

Note 2: 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.

Note 3: It is recommended that all applicants have current certificates in Emergency-level first aid and FoodSafe. Certifications in therapeutic crisis intervention or non-violent crisis intervention are also valuable assets for work in the field.

Note 4: To do a practicum, you must obtain a “C” grade or higher in all social service worker courses.

Note 5: A minimum grade of “C” in all SSWK courses is required to graduate with a SSWK (UT) diploma.

Note 6: Courses must be completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of graduation in order to count toward the following credentials: Social Service Worker Certificate, Social Service Worker Applied Diploma, and Social Service Worker (UT) Diploma. 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 unassigned 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.

Limited admission

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

Advanced standing

Based on the skills and knowledge the student has acquired through his or her life and/or work experience, the student may be able to obtain course credits in the Social Service Worker Program via SSWK 100, SSWK 101, and SSWK 201.

Through this assessment process, the student documents and demonstrates his or her capabilities based on identified competencies and learning objectives of the SSWK course for which s/he is seeking Advanced Standing credit.

Courses eligible for Advanced Standing will be determined by the instructor and may include up to three of the following: SSWK 145, SSWK 195, SSWK 196/199, SSWK 225 in conjunction with CASS 120, and SSWK 263. The Advanced Standing option is available in the Fall term only.

For more information, please contact CNC Academic Advising or your local campus for more details.

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $7,244. 
  • Year 1: $3,765
  • Year 2: $3,480

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

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Job Openings
Total expected job openings in this field by 2029 according to Work BC.