Social Service Worker Certificate
Are you looking to enrich more than just your resume? The Social Service Worker Certificate helps you enter the human services field. Through a combination of online theory courses and a practicum, you will learn about and experience various situations you may encounter throughout your career. The program highlights social work theory and practice, counselling skills, lifespan development, social services and social science. Credit from these courses can later be laddered into Bachelor of Social Work degree programs at participating Canadian universities.
Live outside of BC? You can arrange your own practicum at a local social service agency.
As a Social Service Worker you will work with vulnerable populations assisting them in a variety of areas including:
- Aboriginal outreach
- Addiction services
- Child and youth support
- Community outreach
- Crisis intervention
- Family service and support
- Group and transition homes
- Hospitals and public health
- Women's shelters
This certificate program is available to applicants residing in Canada.
Applicants residing outside BC who want to complete the program may participate on the condition that appropriate practicum arrangements at a social service agency can be made. Students who do not intend to complete the program may register in all SOCW (Social Work) and HUMS (Human Services) courses, excluding the practicum course HUMS 1671.
The Social Service Worker Certificate program is designed for individuals seeking the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the field of social services or to upgrade a current position. This program offers courses in social work theory and practice, counselling skills, lifespan development, social services and social science.
Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.
- The English entrance requirement, which may be fulfilled in three different ways:
- ENGL 0661, Written Communication (3) or equivalent, with a grade of 73% or higher
- Grade 12 English, completed within the last five years, with a grade of 73% or higher on the combined English 12 and government exam
- Completion of one of: the voluntary English Language and Writing Assessment (PDF, 157 KB); the Language Proficiency Index; or the English Assessment with First Nations Content (PDF, 110 KB) (students obtaining a writing level score of 5 or 6 are exempt from ENGL 0661)
- 60 documented hours of people-oriented volunteer or paid work experience in public or private social service agencies in the last five years
- Social Service Worker Certificate Application (SSWCA) form (PDF, 488 KB).
- Phone interview with the program coordinator
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) form (PDF, 437 KB).
A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).
33 credits total, with a GPA of 2.0 for each course required for the credential, as follows:
Core Knowledge Requirements (27 credits)
A university-level English course, such as ENGL 1101, Composition (3)
SOCI 1111, Introduction to Sociology I (3)
SOCW 2061, Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)
HUMS 1541, Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships (3)
HUMS 1581, Professional Human Service Practice (3)
HUMS 1611, Interviewing Skills for Human Service Practice (3)
HUMS 1771, Intro to First Nations Studies and Human Service Practice (3
SOCW 2121, Social Welfare in Canada (3)
SOCW 3551, Human Development (3)
Practicum Requirement (6 credits)
HUMS 1671, Social Welfare Field Practicum (6) (final course)*
The Consent to a Criminal Record Check form must be completed in full and submitted to the program assistant prior to registering for HUMS 1671. A satisfactory criminal record check is required in order for the student to secure a field placement.
Students must participate in the 210-hour practicum in a social service setting. The Field Practicum in HUMS 1671 is offered in a choice of one of two delivery timeframes. Students may choose a part-time option in which they are placed in a community agency three days a week for a total of 10 weeks, or they may elect to arrange a practicum for a six week full-time, placement (210 hours in total). The minimum course completion time is 15 weeks.
The program coordinator assist students in obtaining a suitable practicum placement in communities close to a student's residence, both within and outside of BC, and gives final approval to the arrangements. Contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of obtaining a practicum. The field placement is based on availability and resources in the community the student selects.
Completion of a Grade 12 program or the Adult Graduation Diploma is recommended for admission into this program.
Applicants residing outside BC who want to complete the program may participate on the condition that appropriate practicum arrangements at a social service agency can be made. Students who do not intend to complete the program may register in all SOCW and HUMS courses; excluding the practicum course HUMS 1671.
TRU-OL may accept transfer credit for similar courses offered at other recognized Canadian post-secondary educational institutions.
Students are responsible for consulting with their program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.
Please see Tuition and Fees for details.
Email Student Services for more information.