• Community Support Worker (CSW) Program


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    In response to the ever-increasing demand for community support workers in British Columbia, First College offers a 34-Week Combined In-Class and Distance Education Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program that prepares graduates to assist individuals who are facing multiple, persistent life challenges, including social and economic barriers, addiction, abuse/trauma, chronic health conditions, diverse abilities, and more. Community support workers are equipped to assess client needs and to assist clients through a variety of community-based social, treatment, and service programs, individually and/or in group settings.


    Following completion of the 34-Week CSW program which includes a 6-week practicum, graduates will have developed the skills and competencies needed for a rewarding career in the human services field. Vulnerable populations may include children/youth at risk, individuals with mental health challenges, homeless persons, individuals with substance use problems and addictions, people with diverse abilities (eg. permanent cognitive or physical disabilities), and Indigenous populations to name a few.


    The First College CSW program provides a strong foundation in lifespan development, interpersonal skills, crisis intervention, addictions and counseling approaches, advocacy and social justice skills. Community Support Workers are human service professionals who make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people through a strengths-based problem-solving approach, where advocacy, empathy, inclusivity, collaboration, and diversity are valued.


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

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    Community Support Worker – Social Services Diploma was reviewed and approvedby the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry ofPost-Secondary Education and Future Skills.


    What are your future opportunities?

    Community Support Worker

    Child and Youth/Family Support Worker

    Disability Service Worker

    Immigration Service Worker

    Indigenous Community Worker

    Adult Living/Community Living

    Shelter Support Worker

    Restorative Justice Worker

    Child Development Program Worker

    Shelter Diversion Worker

    Youth Services Programs

    Residential Worker

  • Upcoming Dates and Schedule

    Application Deadline: Sep 10, 2024

    Related Documentation Deadline: Sep 20, 2024

    Deadline of Preferred Payment Plan/Method: Sep 20, 2024


    Sep 23, 2024 to May 2025

    • 20 hours a week, 1 day in person class, 1.5 day online class
    • 34 Weeks in total, including 110 hrs of pratice education

    Combined In-Class and Distance Education

  • Program Information

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    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 or do a First College language assessment (fees applicable).

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    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/criminalrecordcheck
    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



    Application Fee - $200.00 CAD
    Tuition Fee - $8,950.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $1,400.00 CAD

    Materials Fee - $400.00 CAD

    Other fee - $125.00 CAD (name tags, uniforms, graduation gown, etc.)


    Testing/Assessment Fee - $75.00 CAD (if applicable)


    Application Fee - $300.00 CAD

    Tuition Fee - $10,800.00 CAD

    Textbook Fee - $1,400.00 CAD

    Materials Fee - $400.00 CAD

    Other fee - $125.00 CAD (name tags, uniforms, graduation gown, etc.)


    Testing/Assessment Fee - $75.00 CAD (if applicable)