• Community Support Worker (CSW) Program


    The Community Support Worker (also known and referred to as CSWs) role is very diverse and very dynamic! CSWs assist clients who are dealing with persistent multiple barriers, social and economic challenges, addiction, abuse, chronic health conditions, grief and loss, and many other issues and needs that arise from everyday living. The value that community support workers bring to the interdisciplinary community-based service programs, is evidenced by the ever-increasing demand for graduated Community Support Workers in the human services field.


    Human services is a network umbrella, comprised of various organizations, agencies and government entities, developed to meet human needs. Individuals who choose a career in human services will be able to fulfill their strong desire to work in a “helping” profession where they will have the opportunity to make purposeful and meaningful contributions to another person’s growth, self-worth, empowerment and well-being.


    First College is dedicated to preparing students to become skillful and successful human service professionals. Integrated in the design of this 49-week accelerated program, is a foundation of knowledge consistently guided by the principles of ethics, humanistic approaches, structures of social justice, fundamentals of sociology and psychology, conceptual frameworks of lifespan perspectives, and strengths-based, person-centered wellness models.


    During their journey of learning and developing essential skills and professional competencies in the Community Support Worker (CSW) program, students are also afforded the opportunity to embark on an intentional discovery of personal learning, where self-reflection, and self-awareness will naturally lead them to focused action. Students will find that as a graduate from the First College Community Support Worker (CSW) program they will be fully competent, confident and career ready.


    Students in the Community Support Worker program will participate in a practical experience that is offered at the end of the program. The Practicum consists of 180 hours that is completed over a 6 week period. In these practicum settings, students will transfer their knowledge to actual work in the field of human services. Students will have opportunities to synthesize, integrate and apply practical skills from the formal training they learned throughout the program, and students will also benefit by the many opportunities for networking and making important contacts within the community based programs they will be assigned to.

    Contact an Academic Advisor for More Information Today!

    Community Support Worker (CSW) program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.


    What are your future opportunities?

    • Aboriginal community services

    • Adult community-based programs

    • Alcohol and detox facilities

    • Community and mental health

    • Community living

    • Child and youth services

    • Disability and special needs services

    • Family support services

    • Mental health agencies

    • Pregnancy and outreach

    • Residential support​

    • Home support​ worker

    • Shelter support programs

    • Supportive care



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

  • Program Information

    Admission Requirement


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


    1. The student has graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Education Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction; or


    2. The student has a mature student status: at least 19 years of age and proof of completion of Grade 10 English. Please note: College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions are accepted and applicants must submit transcripts to evidence completion. A minimum of a C grade is accepted.


    *First College admits applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants must submit evidence of the English Language Proficiency. Click Here for more details.

    Course Information:

    CSW 201 Introduction to Human Services

    CSW 202 Communication and Interpersonal Skills

    CSW 203 Theories and Psychology of Human Development

    CSW 204 Understanding of Human Behavior with Self Care

    CSW 205 Mental Health

    CSW 206 Client-Centred Counseling with Techniques

    CSW 207 Crisis Intervention

    CSW 208 Drug Abuse

    CSW 209 Counseling Techniques for Substances Abuse

    CSW 210 Family Violence, Abuse and Boundary Violations

    CSW 211 Understanding Childhood Disorders

    CSW 212 Child and Youth Mental Health

    CSW 213 Supportive Care

    CSW 200 Practicum

    Practice Education Requirements:

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


    1. A Criminal Record Check Clearance

    A criminal record check must be obtained from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office. Criminal Record Check *not through RCMP.

    Link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm

    Access Code: BDHTPXUY7K, Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults.


    2. A Tuberculin Skin Test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) performed by CDC or physician.

  • Community Support Worker (CSW) Program Cost

    Student Loan Available

    Students will receive $1,000.00 CAD off for September 2021 intake (Domestic Students).



    Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
    Tuition Fee - $12,500.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $2,600.00 CAD

    Total Cost: $15,250.00 CAD


    Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
    Tuition Fee - $13,500.00 CAD
    Assessment Fee & Administrative Fee - $100.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $2,600.00 CAD

    Total Cost: $16,350.00 CAD

  • 2021/2022 Date and Schedule

    September 21, 2021 to September 16, 2022

    (49 Weeks Without Breaks, 20 hours a week)

    Wednesday from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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