Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program



  • Community Support Worker (CSW) Diploma Program

    This 49-week accelerated program offers a unique blend of knowledge, essential skills and perspectives; designed to meet the industry-standard core competencies within community-based services. Community Support Workers play a critical role in a broad range of service models for a diverse population of vulnerable, and at–risk clients.


    Graduates will be prepared to provide effective and person-centered support with a focus toward helping individuals manage their physical, mental, social and daily life skills development. Other client populations will include people with persistent multiple barriers, developmental disabilities, individuals working through substance use, homelessness and mental illness, as well as children with special needs. The content in this program was developed to ensure that graduates are conversant in approaches that will strengthen the delivery of quality mental health systems, as well as effective and efficient community humanistic support.

  • 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
    Child and Youth/Family Support Worker
    Disability Service Worker
    Immigration Service Worker
    Outreach Support Worker
    Community Health Worker
    Aboriginal Community Worker
    Adult Living/Community Living
    Shelter Support Worker
    Family Place Work Aide
    Pregnancy Outreach
    Residential Support Worker
    Child Development
    Gov’t Agencies


    This Program is under under development and will be offered in January 2020.

  • 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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