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.

Year 1 entry

  • Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • Must be 19 years old before the start of the program
  • Two letters of reference
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

The following documentation is necessary to verify admission requirements:

  • Official transcripts of previous secondary and post-secondary educational record.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status if applicant not born in Canada.
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) results, if required.
  • Two letters of reference. At least one letter of reference must be from employers, volunteer supervisors or community professionals that comment on the applicant's suitability for, or performance in human service work. Reference letters must be less than two (2) years old at date of application to the program and must include the referee's phone number.
  • Orientation Session: It is recommended that successful applicants attend an orientation session.

Criminal Record Check
Applicants will be required to undergo a criminal record check for fieldwork purposes once accepted to the program. Practicum agencies reserve the right to refuse acceptance of practicum students with a criminal record. This may impair a student's ability to successfully complete the Human Service Program.

Year 2 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.

 Educational requirements
  • Successful completion of:
    • Early Childhood Education Diploma
    • Community and School Support Certificate
    • Social Services Certificate
    • Other related certificates considered on an individual basis.
  • Minimum TRU GPA of 2.67 (B-) or equivalent from another college or university in an equivalent program of study.
  • 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.
 Documentation requirements
  • Official transcripts of previous secondary and post-secondary educational record.
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status required if applicant not born in Canada.
  • Two letters of reference (on admission package forms only).
  • 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.