The Social Service Worker diploma is a two-year, 62-credit program that will prepares you to work in social service settings and schools. After you graduate, you will be ready to work in community-based corrections, family support, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, schools, settlement services, substance use, and women’s services.
The Social Service Worker diploma – Indigenous focus prepares graduates to work from Indigenous perspectives within social service settings and schools in culturally safe ways with Indigenous Peoples. You will learn to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities on issues of concern to Indigenous Peoples, and develop an understanding of the social, cultural, and political context of Indigenous communities.
Both streams of the Social Service Worker diploma will provide students with employment-related skills while earning university-level credits towards a Bachelor of Social Work or other degree at UFV. Thus, a student who is interested in becoming a social worker will be able to develop skills and 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.
You 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.
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.