Social Service Worker UT Diploma

Also available as:
  • Part Time
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George - Quesnel
FEES: Estimated at $7244
START DATE: Fall 2024
  • In Class
Application Status
Applications still open.
  • Overview
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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

ABST-100 Yinka Dene Worldview 3 15 weeks
ABST-101 Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 3 15 weeks
ENGL-103 Composition & Style 3 15 weeks
FASD-301 Fundamental & Prof. Implicat. 3 10 weeks
KINS-100 Personal Health and Wellness 3 15 weeks
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology I 3 15 weeks
SOC-101 Intro. to Sociology I 3 15 weeks
SOC-206 Social Problems 3 15 weeks
SOC-230 Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Families 3 15 weeks
SSWK-142 Helping Skills Practical Appl. Applications 3 15 weeks
SSWK-145 Communication & Interpersonal Relationship Skills 3 15 weeks
SSWK-151 Social Welfare Policy 3 15 weeks
SSWK-171 Intro to Social Work Practice 3 15 weeks
SSWK-195 Issues Principles Fieldwork 3 15 weeks


  • One SSWK Elective
  • Three UT Electives or One UT Elective and one of the following: ABST 110, ABST 111, ABST 201, ABST 201, ABST 202, ENGL 107, ENGL 2019, ENGL 220
  • A SSWK elective or One 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.

Fall 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years
Quesnel In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Limited admission

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 first-year 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 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

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities board