The Social Services Worker Diploma program provides opportunities for students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications to enable them to work in the human services worker field.
Paraprofessionals in a variety of social service and health agencies. Typical jobs include Financial Assistance Worker, Youth Probation Officer, Residential Service Worker, Social Work Assistant, Mental Health Worker, Family Support Worker, Supported Employment, Community Living Worker, Transition Houses, Women’s Programs, Aboriginal Support Worker, and Family Violence Worker.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus
Length: 60 weeks
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
- Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with C or better in Grade 12 English or English 12 First Peoples.
- Completion of Writing Assessment, if required.
- One professional and one personal reference letter.
- Successful completion of the Social Services Worker Bridging Certificate.
- Attend program orientation session.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- A Solicitor General Criminal Record Check is not a program admission requirement, but all SSWD students must complete a Criminal Record Check before or shortly after admission to the program. Students are obligated to report any Schedule B criminal convictions that occur after they authorize a Criminal Record Check, but are still enrolled in the SSWD program.
- Graduates can receive Block Transfer Credit into the Bachelor of Social Work program at University of Northern British Columbia.
- Graduates can also receive block credit transfer into the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University.
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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Program Instructor: Connie Kaweesi
Note: Pre-requisites for ENGL 100
Applicants who do not have at least a 'B' in English 12 (or English Literature 12) or at least a 'C' in a university-level English course must complete the NLC Writing Assessment and discuss the results with a Recruiter at Student Services before registering in 100-level English courses. Recruiters consider performance on the Assessment in conveying recommendations about appropriate courses.
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Optional Courses (Electives):
- Students will complete the Academic (University Transfer) requirements with two additional courses (total 6 credits) of their choice (100 or 200 level in any area).
- Students should consider post-diploma plans when choosing between alternatives in the required courses and when choosing electives.
- Students should consult with receiving institutions to ensure that they have the required courses for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).
- Academic credits taken at Northern Lights College can also be used toward an Associate of Arts Degree or Pre-Professional Certificate programs.