Social Service Worker | Diploma
In 2020/2021 we offer this program via Distributed Learning where we use various tools that may include email, web-conferencing platforms, online videos, social media, textbooks, print modules, local contexts and experiential tasks. Learn more about Distributed Learning at CMTN.
Do you wish to become a skilled social services practitioner, helping and supporting people with different needs?
The Social Service Worker (SSW) program integrates university credit courses with social service career courses, and combines classroom theory with the practical skills necessary for employment in a broad range of social services occupations.
Practicum opportunities available in Northwest communities allow you to practice what you learn in workplace settings and gain valuable practical experience. SSW Certificate graduates are prepared to work at the para-professional level or to continue their education to diploma and degree levels of education. SSW Diploma program graduates can either work at the para-professional level or continue their education to a degree.
Earns you a SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER CERTIFICATE or a SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER DIPLOMA
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Dates and locations
|September and January||Terrace Campus|
|Select Video Conference Options Available||Smithers Campus|
|Select Video Conference Options Available||Prince Rupert Campus|
|Select Video Conference Options Available||Hazelton Campus|
- Start in September 2020 to study part-time and complete at your own pace.
- Start in January 2021 to study part-time and complete at your own pace
|Faculty Member||Campus Location|
The SSW Diploma requires successful completion of the Certificate and two (Diploma) semesters plus a practicum.
|ENGL 151||Technical Writing I||3|
|SSW 295||Introduction to Social Work||3|
|SSW 213||Group Work||3|
|PSYC 201||Developmental Psychology I||3|
|SOCI 205||Sociology of the Family||3|
|Any 1 University Credit and/or SSW Elective||3|
|SSW 296||Social Policies||3|
|SSW 290||Community Development||3|
|PSYC 202||Development Across a Lifespan||3|
|SOCI 206||The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective||3|
|Any 2 University Credits and/or SSW Electives||6|
|SSW 298||Social Service Worker Practicum II||3|
- Apply direct to Social Service Worker (SSW)
- Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent
- Once admitted, register in the courses required for the SSW program
Certificate program prerequisites include:
Admission to this program is on a course-by-course basis. Applicants to this program must meet the prerequisites for the individual courses in which they wish to enroll.
Course prerequisites include:
- Math 11
- English Studies 12 , English First Peoples 12 or equivalent
The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.
English proficiency is required for all students entering CMTN programs. Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. All students admitted to the SSW program will be required to take the CAT 3 English Assessment test.
Note: Grade 12 high school graduation is recommended.
Note: Applicants planning to apply to a School of Social Work (e.g. UNBC or UVic) or Child and Youth Care should consult with the institute in order to take the appropriate university credit electives.
Additional diploma requirements
- Successful completion of a Social Service Worker program or related certificate with the completion of SSW 112 and SSW 113.
- Completion of a Criminal Record Check (CRC) as per the Provincial Criminal Record Review Act.
Need help with the application process? Contact an Educational Advisor.
Admission to an intake does not guarantee completion in 2 years.
SSW Diploma year two
|Full Time:||39 Credits||39 Credits|
|Student Union Fees:||$125.97||$125.97|
|Extended Health and Dental*:||$250.00||$548.75|
|Total Program Cost:||$7,025.18||$19,923.75|
Fees are effective as of August 1, 2021 for the 2021/22 academic year.
Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken and location of practicum.
The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to announce that Extended Health and Dental Insurance has been approved by student referendum held in March 2021. Additional information will be provided by CMSU July 2021, including details of the coverage and directions for the opt out process for students with equivalent coverage. For any inquiries about the plan or referendum, please contact Golnoosh Namazi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.
Opportunities for graduates from this program include:
- Child and Youth Workers
- Financial Assistance Workers
- Teacher Assistants
- Support Workers
- Family Resource Workers
- And much more
Diploma graduates may continue their education to further a professional career in human and social services, including:
- Social Worker
- Family Counsellor
- Probation Officer
- Corrections Officer
- College Counsellor
- And any other professional position in the human service field
All successfully completed university credit courses in the program are transferable.
Under the collaborative agreement between UNBC and CMTN, students who complete the Social Service Worker Diploma program are eligible to receive credit as determined under the agreement. UNBC's Bachelor of Social Work Degree can be obtained at UNBC's Terrace Campus. The University of Victoria awards, on an individual basis, additional transfer credits for a SSW diploma or certificate.