This certificate program delivers employment‐focused education and professional training to prepare students to work as Activity Assistants in an adult care setting helping aging adults stay active and engaged. Students will learn about the basic fundamentals and concepts involved in planning and implementing activity and recreation programs in adult care settings to enhance a resident’s quality of life and overall wellness. An understanding of cognitive and physical changes in aging adults of diverse populations will be included.
All students entering this program are expected to be computer literate. This means knowing how to run programs from a Windows environment, and having basic Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills. Students must have reliable transportation to all clinical practicum sites.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
The Activity Assistant certificate can be completed part-time in nine months. Courses are delivered face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. Face to face classes offered evenings and weekends.
Courses are offered in Abbotsford at the Clearbrook Centre campus.
To obtain a certificate in Activity Assistant, students must successfully complete the following courses:
|ACTA 10||Fundamental Concepts for Activity Assistants|
|ACTA 20||Wellness and Well-being in Activity|
|ACTA 30||Interpersonal and Communication Skills within Adult Care Settings|
|ACTA 40||Understanding Older Adults|
|ACTA 50||Practicum Orientation|
|ACTA PRAC1||Observational Practicum I|
|ACTA 60||Acitivty Design and Implementation|
|ACTA 70||Activity Adaptation for Physical and Cognitive Changes in Older Adults|
|ACTA 80||Responding to and Managing Responsive Behaviours|
|ACTA PRAC2||Practicum II|
Students are required to have the following items to be eligible for a practicum placement:
Students must achieve a minimum B grade in each course and achieve a Complete grade for the Observational Practicum to progress to the next course. Students who do not achieve a minimum B grade in a course may repeat the course one additional time. Student must successfully complete all courses with a minimum B grade and the Observational Practicum with a Complete in order to proceed to the Practicum Placement course. The Practicum Placement course may not be repeated.
See UFV's Course Repeat policy (86).
A student may apply for readmission after withdrawal. The student must meet the admission requirements for the program, including any specific readmission criteria if they apply to return to the same program. Readmission to the same program is not guaranteed. A student who is readmitted after being required to withdraw will return on academic probation.
The entire program must be completed at UFV.
All courses must be successfully completed with a minimum B grade.
See the Graduation section of the calendar for more information.
Students must complete the program requirements within three years.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.
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