Social Service Worker Certificate
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.
What Can You Do With This Credential?
Employment opportunities for social service workers exist in child and youth care settings, schools, transition houses, group homes, peer counselling programs and other social service agencies. Refer to www.workfutures.bc.ca for information on employment trends and opportunities.
Completing courses in the Social Service Worker Certificate program will provide you with transfer credits toward a Human Services Diploma or Social Service Worker Diploma. Social Service Worker Certificate courses transfer directly into the TRU Human Service Diploma program, which is a two-year program available at TRU. Refer to BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) at http://bccat.ca to find out how to transfer to other diploma programs.
Bachelor of Social Work
Two of the courses in the Social Services Worker Certificate program (SOCW 2061, An Introduction to Social Work Practice and SOCW 2121, Social Welfare in Canada) meet the requirements for many Bachelor of Social Work degree programs throughout Canada, including at Thompson Rivers University. Completing courses in the Social Service Worker Certificate program is a way to acquire many other transfer credits toward entry requirements in the TRU Bachelor of Social Work degree program. Refer to BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) at http://bccat.ca.
Heather Carrell was able to use the Social Service Worker Certificate she gained through Open Learning to help her gain access into a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program.
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).
30 credits total, with a GPA of 2.0 for each course required for the credential, as follows:
Core Knowledge Requirements (24 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.
Email OLsocialwork@tru.ca for more information.