The Social Service Worker diploma is a two-year, 62-credit program that prepares students to work in social service agencies and schools. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including corrections, family support, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, settlement services, substance use, and women’s services.
The Social Service Worker diploma – Indigenous focus prepares students to work in culturally safe ways with Indigenous Peoples in social service agencies and schools. Graduates practice from a place of cultural humility and develop an understanding of the impact of colonization on Indigenous communities.
Both streams of the Social Service Worker diploma provide students with employment-related skills while earning university-level credits towards a Bachelor of Social Work or other degree. Graduates interested in becoming social workers may seek employment as a social service worker before going on to complete a degree.
The number of transfer credits in each stream depends on students’ choice of courses. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended.
Students may pursue the Social Service Worker diploma on a full- or part-time basis.
Assessment of prior learning is available for qualified students.
The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.
View the Social Service worker diploma entrance requirements and the Social Service worker diploma — Indigenous Focus entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.
This program is open for international students
Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.
Book an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.