Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program



  • Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program

    Students will understand the role, scope of practice and the ethical responsibilities of a Community Support Worker in the Canadian health care delivery system. The program will emphasize skills including observation, problem solving, psycho-motor, cultural competence, professionalism, interpersonal communication and behavioral management. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to gain the specialized knowledge, skills and attitude required to work competently with clients with disabilities and special needs in the community.


    Community Living BC reports growing wait lists of adults with developmental disabilities requiring services. From 2013 to 2017, a 15 percent increase in caseloads was expected. Increased demand for services means that work prospects will remain strong for community support workers. Moreover, additional opportunities will also arise in home support and long-term care, as a growing number of Canadians are becoming seniors over the next decade.

  • What we provide:
    • Flexible Course Schedule - Day & Evening & Weekend Classes
    • Highly Qualified & Professional Instructors
    • Scholarship and Subsidy Available
    • Small Class Size With State-of-the-Art Lab Facilities

    What is your future opportunity?
    • Quickly get a job in Community Support System
    • The Entry Level Salary From $18.50 To $26.50 Per Hour

    What you will receive:
    • The Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma to be employed within the BC Community Support System
    • Two extra certifications necessary to be employed within the BC Health Care System including care for Individuals with disabilities and care for individuals with Mental Illnesses
    • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C, Foodsafe, Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO)


    Career Occupation:

    Community Support Worker
    Community Health Worker
    Home Support Worker
    Home Caregiver
    Personal Support Worker
    Child and Youth Care Worker
    Family Place Worker
    Settlement / Newcomers Service Worker
    Womens Shelter Worker
    Education Assistant – Children with Special Needs


    This Program is under under development and will be offered in September 2019.

  • Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program Cost



    To be determined (TBD).

    Note: First College will provide FREE training in CPR, First Aid, Food Safe, and Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.


    To be determined (TBD).

    Note: First College will provide FREE training in CPR, First Aid, Food Safe, and Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.

  • Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program Admission Requirement

    First College admits applicants on a first-qualified basis, whereby applicants must meet the following 2 admission criteria:

    1. Proof of Grade 10 graduation or mature student status
    (Mature student status: At least 19 years of age; Grade 12 not required. Applicant must meet all other program specific requirements.)

    2. Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements*
    (Students must have strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as satisfactory and active English comprehension skills. All applicants must meet the English Language Competency requirements)

  • English Language Competency Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is English

    English 10 or equivalent

    Evidence of one of the following:

    1. Proof of completion of Grade 10 English; or

    2. College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions. Applicants must produce transcripts as evidence of completion. A minimum of a C grade is acceptable.

    3. Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT): Reading Comprehension 35/50
    Spelling 23/32

    4. Language Placement Index (LPI):
    The three individual scores (Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension) must total a minimum of 20, out of a maximum possible score of 40. Essay level of 4, with a minimum essay score of 24/40

    Applicants whose first language is not English

    Standardized English language proficiency test score

    Evidence of one of the following test scores:

    1. First College's English Language Assessment

    1. Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB PT): test within the last year: Listening 6, Speaking 6, Reading 5 and Writing 5 Note: a CLB Report Card from a LINC Program may also be accepted.

    2. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP – General): test within the last two years, Listening 6, Speaking 6, Reading 5 and Writing 5

    3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic or General -- test within the last two years: Overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Speaking and Listening and no score lower than 5 in Reading and Writing

  • Practice Education Requirements

    Requirements are due prior to the first day of Clinical Placement, the Student Service Department will assist you with obtaining necessary documentation.


    1. A Criminal Record Check Clearance
    A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office. First College’s admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General’s Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter.

    2. Immunization Record
    Documentation of immunization status that meets Practice Education Guidelines for BC.

    3. A Tuberculin Skin Test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) performed by CDC or physician
    A tuberculin skin test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) is done to see if you have ever been exposed to tuberculosis (TB). The test is done by putting a small amount of TB protein (antigens) under the top layer of skin on your inner forearm.

    4. Medical Exam
    First College will provide the Medical Exam Form

    Practice Education Requirements Provided Free by First College:
    First Aid, CPR Level “C”, Food Safe Level I, Student Practice Education Core Orientation, WHMIS.

  • 2019 Date and Schedule

    Kelowna Campus


    To be determined (TBD).


    Questions? E-mail us at enrollment@firstcollege.ca

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