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Social Service Worker | Diploma


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.


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Visit Apply to CMTN for an Admissions Checklist and to apply online.

Our Educational Advisors are here to help if you have any questions or need guidance along the way.

Dates and locations

Intake Location
Fall 2023 Terrace

Program length

  • Full-time or part-time studies start in September.
  • Part-time studies for students starting in January.

Speak with an Educational Advisor or Marja Burrows, the Program Coordinator, for assistance with course selection.


SSW Diploma

The SSW Diploma requires successful completion of the Certificate and two (Diploma) semesters plus a practicum.

ENGL 151Technical Writing I3
SSW 295Introduction to Social Work3
SSW 213Group Work3
PSYC 201Developmental Psychology I3
SOCI 205Sociology of the Family3
SSW 296Social Policies3
SSW 290Community Development3
PSYC 202Development Across a Lifespan3
SOCI 206The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
Any 3 University Credits and/or SSW Electives9
SSW 298Social Service Worker Practicum II3
Total Credits39

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. 

Year two

Fees Domestic International
Full Time: 39 Credits 39 Credits
Tuition: $4,090.71 $17,385.42
Student Union Fees: $163.92 $163.92
Extended Health and Dental*: $285.00 $602.04
Mandatory Fees: $312.00 $388.26
Tuition Total: $4,851.63 $18,539.64
Additional Costs:
$2,000.00 $2,000.00
$500.00 $500.00
$250.00 $250.00
Total Program Cost: $7,601.63 $21,289.64

 Fees are effective as of August 1, 2024 for the 2024/25 academic year.


Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken and location of practicum. Laptops are required for students of this program.

The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to offer Extended Health and Dental Insurance to all qualifying members. The plan is mandatory for all students enrolled in 6 or more credits or a trades program of 26 weeks or longer. Some students, including those studying overseas and those with existing extended health coverage, are eligible to opt out. Visit to learn more about the plan or request to opt out. You will also receive a detailed introductory email no later than 6 weeks after your semester starts. For any inquiries about the plan, please contact the Students’ Union Organiser : Golnoosh Namazi,

Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.

Career opportunities 

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

Check the BC Transfer Guide for current transfer agreements between BC Post-secondary Institutions.

Under the collaborative agreement between University of Northern British Columbia (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. Check the BC Transfer Guide for block transfer to Thompson Rivers University and Athabasca University.