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Community Support Worker – Associate Certificate

Program Details

Length: Flexible

Total Credits: 20

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is not eligible for Student Loans

Credential Received

Associate Certificate in Community Support Worker


Program Summary

An exciting professional development opportunity for experienced support workers!

The Community Support Worker (CSW) Associate Certificate is an option available only to experienced, employed learners. Eligible students take six Education Assistant & Community Support Worker (EACSW) courses to receive their CSW Associate Certificate and they then have the opportunity to ladder into the EACSW regular certificate program if they choose to continue their education.

CSW Associate Certificate can lead to entrance into the EACSW Program. After completing the EACSW requirements, graduates can then continue towards a second year in the Human Services Diploma, laddering into University Degree programs in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or Community Rehabilitation.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate professionalism in practice consistent with the code of ethics and standards of practice of their respective disciplines.
  • use effective interpersonal skills including active listening, collaboration, self-awareness and conflict resolution within multi-faceted roles and contexts.
  • understand and respect cultural differences and multiple ways of knowing.
  • practice from an ethic of inclusivity.
  • establish and maintain wellness strategies to assure work/life balance both personally and professionally.
  • engage in critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Potential candidates must be currently employed with a local community living organization and have a minimum of three years of full-time equivalent employment in the field.

  • English 12, or equivalent, with a minimum of 60% or higher or a minimum LPI score of Level 4.

Additional Requirements

Applicants will submit

  • A letter from their employer stating their current position and employment history
  • A current resume
  • Official transcripts from previous educational settings and demonstration of college level English requirement (unless special consideration)
  • 2 letters of reference
  • A 250 word (1 typed page) summary stating why they are interested in entering the program

Program Courses

Required Courses

EACS 155Foundations Of Practice


EACS 156Support Strategies


EACS 161Person-Centred Planning


EACS 165Health & Wellness


FAM 180Family Dynamics


EACS 170Augmentative Communication


HSER 174Interpersonal Communications