Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Human Service Diploma Admission Requirements

The Human Service Diploma program admits 28 students who begin study in September. Applicants will be admitted to the program using the following criteria: Last date of receipt of documentation related to the general, educational and personal readiness requirements. Applicants should submit completed required documents such as Accuplacer or the LPI (Language Proficiency Index ) results as quickly as possible.

All qualified applicants have their program plan reviewed by a faculty advisor who provides advice regarding the selection of appropriate full and part-time options.

Applicants are asked to refer to the admissions information package for further details.

Year One Entry

  • A. Educational Requirements
    1. B.C. Grade 12 or Mature Student Status
    2. 73% on the combined English 12 and Government Exam (written within the last 5 years) or, Level 4 on LPI (within the last 2 years) or, Completion of English 0600 with a grade of C+ or better
  • B. General Requirements
    1. Age: Applicants to the Human Service Diploma program must be 19 years of age prior to the start of the program.
    2. Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have Landed Immigrant status.
    3. Two letters of reference (see enclosed forms in information package).
  • C. Other Requirements
    1. The following documentation is necessary to verify admission requirements:
      • Official transcripts of previous secondary and post-secondary educational record.
      • Proof of citizenship or Landed Immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada.
      • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) results, if required.
      • Two letters of reference (on admission info package forms only).
    2. Successful applicants are recommended to attend a two hour orientation session in the spring. Topics covered include program information, costs and career opportunities. Applicants will be notified of the date and time of the orientation session by mail by admissions staff.

Year Two Entry

The following requirements are for new applicants to Year Two of the Human Service Diploma only. Those students who have successfully completed Year One of the TRU Human Service Diploma and are continuing on to complete Year Two do not need to meet the following entry requirements.

Applications will be accepted for Year Two entry into the Human Service Diploma program based on the availability of remaining seats in the program. Priority will be given to qualified students currently enrolled in Year One of the TRU Human Service Diploma program.

  • A. Educational Requirements
    1. Successful completion of:
      • Early Childhood Education Diploma
      • Community and School Support Certificate
      • Social Services Certificate
      • Other related certificates considered on an individual basis.
    2. Minimum TRU GPA of 2.67 (B-) or equivalent from another college or university in an equivalent program of study.  
    3. If an equivalent program of study was taken at a university or college other than TRU, an official transcript and a copy of certificate issued must be submitted.
  • B. Documentation Requirements
    1. Official transcripts of previous secondary and post-secondary educational record.
    2. Proof of citizenship or Landed Immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada.
    3. Two letters of reference (on admission package forms only).
    4. It is recommended that applicants have approximately 200 hours of experience (volunteer or paid) related to the human service field.

Applicants who are currently in the OL Social Service Certificate, Educational Assistant and Community Support Certificate, or Early Childhood Education Programs who meet the GPA minimum requirement of 2.67 do not need to resubmit references.

Application Readiness

Applicants are encouraged to meet any academic requirements beforehand. Because assignments are likely to be requested in typed format, basic keyboarding skills/computer literacy skills prior to entry are strongly recommended.

Laddering Credits From Certificates

Graduates from the TRU Educational Assistant and Community Support Certificate can ladder directly into Year Two of the Human Service Diploma program. Admission is conditional on a GPA of 2.67 (B-).

Laddering Credits Into TRU Degrees

Graduates from the Human Service Diploma can ladder into TRU's Bachelor of Social Work program. Prospective BSW applicants should contact the BSW Program Coordinator for more information. Applicants who wish to apply at other institutions should contact the appropriate program and institution for more information on transfer credit.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

A student can request PLAR if he/she has acquired prior knowledge or skills related to course content.
Per TRU’s Education Policy ED-2-0, candidates are offered several methods of documenting and demonstrating that they have achieved an appropriate level of prior learning.
TRU will award credit or equivalent recognition to qualified individuals for prior learning which is appropriately documented or demonstrated and which is at an appropriate level.

Application and Admissions

Applications and admission packages are available in person or through regular mail from the Academic Admissions Office. Complete program details, policies and TRU academic information are found in the TRU Calendar.

Phone: Academic Admissions Office, 250-828-5036
E-mail: admissions@tru.ca
Fax: Academic Admissions Office, 250-371-5960

Mailing Address:
Academic Admissions Office
Thompson Rivers University
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC, V2C 0C8

Additional Information: humanservice@tru.ca