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Social Service Worker Certificate

If you are looking to enrich more than your resumé, the Social Service Worker Certificate program can be your way into this field or to a promotion. From social work theory to counselling skills and real-life practice, you learn about and experience situations you may encounter in your career.

Use this program to get you started in your career in social services, or transfer credits from this program into an undergraduate degree in social work. Increase your opportunties for employment or promotion.

Professional development

Not a program student? You can register in all Social Work (SOCW) and Human Services (HUMS) courses other than HUMS 1601, Human Service Field Practicum.


As a social service worker, you will work with vulnerable populations, assisting them in a variety of areas, including:

  • Aboriginal outreach
  • Addiction support services
  • Child and youth support
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis intervention
  • Family service and support
  • Group and transition homes
  • Women's shelters

Program requirements

Admission requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)
  • Two letters of reference

Admitted students

  • If you are admitted to the program, you must complete a Consent to a Criminal Record Check before you start a practicum placement.

Residency requirements

  • Six or more TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Certificate requirements

30 credits total, with a GPA of 2.00 for each course required for completion of this credential, as follows:

Core knowledge (27 credits)
Practicum (3 credits)
  • HUMS 1601, Human Service Field Practicum (3)

The practicum is 190 hours minimum. It is usually offered part-time, although may be arranged in alternate formats. Practicums are held during three annual placement periods (fall, winter, and summer) and have required pre-requisites.

Student responsibility

Consult with your program advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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