Human Service Diploma

Human Service is a multi-disciplinary field involved in providing support and assistance in partnership with individuals coping with economic disadvantage, mental health issues, developmental, gender and diversity issues as well as challenges such as addiction, family change and involvement with the justice system. Human Service Practitioners can work for government agencies or for profit and non-profit organizations providing services which help people navigate various systems and complexities of day to day living. The work is both challenging and rewarding.

Why the Human Service Diploma?

The Thompson Rivers Human Service Diploma prepares students to work with people across the lifespan in a variety of Social Service a child and Youth Care settings. Students are prepared to support individuals facing a number of different challenges, both one on one or in group settings. They will learn skills and develop a knowledge base to become effective human service professionals and para-professionals.

The Human Service Diploma provides a great start. Students can focus on general Social Service Work or Child and Youth care and can ladder into Child and Youth Care or Social Work Degree programs.

This Human Service Diploma also provides students with a wide variety of exposure to current and varied areas of social service work, diversity in client populations, and different types of practice. Program faculty are committed to examining cross-cultural issues, cultural competence and decolonizing social service practice. Students exit the program with a substantial practical understanding of the Human Service Field along with the academic skills of critical thinking, communication, conflict resolution skills, utilization of teams an community partnering.

How Long Does the Diploma Take?

The Human Service Diploma involves four semesters of full-time study normally taken over 2 years. The program is accessible on a part time basis to a limited number of students.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in settings such as schools, community centres, government agencies, correctional or residential programs, early childhood education settings and non profit social service agencies.

Year One Entry

Educational Requirements

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or Mature Student Status
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples 73% (B)

General Requirements

  • Age: Applicants to the Human Service Diploma program must be 19 years old prior to the start of the program
  • Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have Landed Immigrant Status
  • Two letters of reference

Other Requirements

  • 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

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 onto 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 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 trascript and a copy of certificate issued must be submitted

How to Apply

  1. Submit your application via email to or use the paper application form.
  2. Pay the application fee Please call or visit the campus to pay your application fee. Your application is not processed until this fee is received
  3. Submit official high school transcripts
  4. Provide official transcripts for any post-secondary institutions previously or currently attended
  5. Submit any required supporting documents


Please see the TRU Calendar for the most current information, including course prerequisites

Required Courses, Year 1

Fall semester (September - December)

  • ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing
  • HUMS 1540 Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships
  • HUMS 1560 Introduction to the Family in Human Service Practice
  • HUMS 1580 Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice
  • Arts elective

Winter Semester (January - April)

  • CYCA 2000 Introductions to Professional Foundations of Child and Youth Care
  • CYCA 2500 Special Topics: Substance Abuse
  • HUMS 1600 Field Work Education
  • HUMS 1770 Introduction to First Nations and Human Service Practice
  • Arts elective

Required Courses, Year 2

Fall Semester (September - December)

  • CMNS 2290 Professional Business and Technical Writing
  • HUMS 2060 An Introduction to Social Service Practice
  • HUMS 2220 Theoretical Foundations in Human Service Practice
  • HUMS 2530 Interpersonal Communication in Helping Relationships
  • HUMS 2600 Human Service Diploma Practicum

Winter Semester (January - April)

  • HUMS 2120 Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada
  • HUMS 2500 Special Topic: Child Youth Trauma
  • HUMS 3530 Guided Communications
  • HUMS 3570 Law and Social Services
  • Arts elective

*Courses may vary according to the availability of instructors

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