• Community Support Worker (CSW) Program



    FREE TRAINING made possible by Community Workforce Response Grant. January 2022 CSW Cohort - Fully Supported with Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement with 24 Available Seats.

    In response to the ever-increasing demand for community support workers in British Columbia, First College offers a 12-month 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 12-month 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.


    The upcoming January 2022 cohort is fully supported with funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement with a total of 24 available seats. The program will run from January 4, 2022 to December 16, 2022.


    Participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons (as designated under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) entitled to work in Canada. Also, participants must be at least 15 years old, living in BC with a Social Insurance Number (SIN), as well as unemployed, or employed part-time, seasonally, casually, or precariously employed, and seeking training to find a new job, preparing for changing job requirements or for new job opportunities in the community. It is for participants who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are seeking training to obtain a job.


    Participants currently receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, and those on Income Assistance (IA), are eligible to participate in this training project if the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) has been informed.


    Participants who are employed full-time are not eligible for training. If a participant repeatedly does not complete training, that participant may become ineligible under any future grant applications.


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

    Contact an Academic Advisor for More Information Today!

    The 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?

    • 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
  • 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/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

    Student Loan Available


    Free training made possible by Community Workforce Response Grant. January 2022 CSW Cohort - Fully Supported with Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement with 12 Available Seats. (For Domestic Only)



    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

    January 4, 2022 to December 16, 2022

    (49 Weeks Without Breaks, 20 hours a week)

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

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

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

    Information Sessions - determining applicants' eligibility for the WorkBC funding opportunity

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    In order to register to attend, participants must contact the Student Service Department (778-478-6611 or info@firstcollege.ca).

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