Social Work and Human Services
Community Support Worker certificate
This program prepares people to work in a variety of roles with children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities. Graduates are prepared for employment in community support roles, such as group homes for people with mental and/or physical disabilities, and in various special education settings. Special education assistants work under the supervision of classroom teachers and perform such duties as coaching in basic subjects, preparing specialized teaching materials, and meeting students’ special physical needs, as well as maintaining progress records. The program includes both theoretical studies and practical applications and focuses on basic information and skills needed by front-line workers in the social services and educational systems, including professional roles and standards, values and ethics, history of service delivery, philosophies, training technologies, communication, and creation of community support.
The program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.
Some of the courses in the Community Support Worker certificate will apply to the Social Services diploma, and many courses can be used towards other diploma and degree programs.
1. Demonstrated suitability for working with people with disabilities is
required. Evidence of this could consist of volunteer work in a classroom
setting and/or with special needs adults.
2. Secondary school graduation or equivalent (ABE Provincial, Advanced, or
GED), or satisfactory demonstration in terms of undertaking university-level
work. Students 19 or older who have completed at least three
university-level credits that apply to the program at the time of application
do not require a high school transcript.
3. Meet the prerequisites for CMNS 155.
5. Include all documentation (see How to apply below).
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Social
When to apply
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see
Specific intake application
How to apply
1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission
form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/ar/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any A&R or Student Services office.
Additional documents required for a complete
• Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or
equivalent (see Entrance requirements).
• Evidence of having met the pre-requisite for CMNS 155.
• Official transcript (or interim transcript) from all other previous
post-secondary institutions showing grade/course achievement. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
• An additional application information form detailing all your past work and
volunteer experience and education (include social services related and other).
• A personal statement indicating why you want to enter the program and what has
brought you to this career choice. Please refer to the kinds of experiences you
have had in this field, either paid or volunteer. This should be not less than
250 words and not more than 500 words.
• Two recent satisfactory letters of references from past employers, teachers,
or volunteer supervisors who can comment on your suitability to work with people
in the social services field should be included with your application package.
These must be on reference forms available from the SWHS department either
online or in person at UFV.
2. Upon admission to the program, you will be provided with registration
information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs
section). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees.
Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.
Basis for admission decision
1. All complete applications received by January 31 will be reviewed.
Applications received after this date will be reviewed if space permits.
2. Personal suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point rating
system. Points are awarded for past academic education, all work or volunteer
experience (social services or other), demonstrated writing ability, reference
letters, and a personal statement. Admission will be granted
on a first-qualified, first-served basis to those scoring above the required
3. Only those who submit complete applications and score the minimum required
points will be considered. Every effort will be made to give
an admissions decision within two months of the application deadline.
If the program is full, qualified students will be placed on a temporary
waitlist. If you meet the entrance requirements and a space becomes available
before September 1, you will be contacted. After September 1, the waitlist is
In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admissions decision may
be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of
completion of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August.
4. Be 19 years of age when the practicum commences.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section for regular course fees. Courses numbered HSER 190, 192, 195, and 196 are offered on a cost-recovery basis with higher tuition fees. Textbooks and additional supplies will cost approximately $150 per course.
There will also be other expenses such as travelling to practicum sites and field trips. Two courses are only offered on the Chilliwack campus. Funding may be available through student loans or HRDC. Contact the Financial Aid
and Awards office for more information.
See the Social Services diploma section for details.
Acceptance into the program does not guarantee practicum placement. If you are not 19 before October 31, we may not be able to place you.
A GPA of 2.0 is required for practicum placement. You will be individually assessed during the first semester as to your readiness for the practicum, in terms of skills, attitudes, and knowledge. An approved criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is a prerequisite for all placements. Suitable appearance is necessary.
A valid driver’s licence and access to an automobile is required for most practica.
Students must register for seminars and practica on their assigned campus as practica will be done in that region; students are not guaranteed the practicum of their choice.
Students wanting a certain type of practicum may be required to do a block practicum in May and June (six to eight weeks full-time). Students currently working in the field may be able to challenge part of the practicum. See the Program Advisor for more information. Students can enhance their certificate by completing continuing studies courses in sign language, computer skills, food safety, and other relevant support skills.
Note: A valid first aid certificate is required for practicum placement.
Laddering to a Social Services diploma
Students possessing a Community Support Worker certificate may proceed on to earn a Social Services diploma, which is partially transferable to degree-level studies in
Social Work, Adult Education, and General Studies.
Students wishing to complete the
Social Services diploma program, on either a part-
or full-time basis, must apply to that program on or after October 1 for the
following September start. Students must submit a UFV application and a letter
requesting permission from the School to be admitted to the diploma program.
Workplace and Academic Communication
||Introduction to Interpersonal Communications
||Introduction to Community Support
||Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
||Human Behavior and the Social Environment
||Supporting Skill Development
||Relationships and the Community
||Personal Care for Persons with Disabilities
|Total program credits