School of Social Work and Human Services

Community Support Worker — certificate

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Certificate

Duration:
1 year

Format:
Full time, Part time

How to apply

Start date:
September 

Location:
Abbotsford campus

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • After you earn your certificate, you can pursue further studies to earn a Social Services diploma
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Take UFV's Community Support Worker Certificate to work in a variety of roles with children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities. Acquire skills and knowledge needed to work on the front-lines in school and community settings. Learn professional ethics and standards, the history of service delivery, philosophies of helping, adaptive technologies, communications, and how to create inclusive communities. 

Earn your Community Support Worker certifiate from UFV on a full or part-time basis as you complete 31 credits, including a 200-hour supervised field experience in a social service or school setting.

View Community Support Worker's program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

When you graduate you can apply to earn a Social Services diploma, entering in the second year, The diploma would qualify you for employment in program management and administration. 

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Community Living BC reports growing wait lists of adults with developmental disabilities requiring services. From 2013 to 2017, a 15 percent increase in caseloads is expected.

In light of this growing need, the 2014 BC budget includes incremental funding of $243 million for Community Living BC over three years. An additional $15 million goes to the Ministry of Children and Family Development to fund services for children and youth with special needs.

Increased demand for services means that work prospects will remain strong for community support workers. Moreover, additional opportunities will also arise in home support and long-term care, as a growing number of Canadians are becoming seniors over the next decade.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

View the Community Support Worker certificate entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

OTHER ADMISSION CATEGORIES

This program is open for international students

UPGRADING OPTIONS

Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with a Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.

QUESTIONS?

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4279
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 4279
Email: hserinfo@ufv.ca

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