A variety of learning experiences

Education Assistant and Community Support Worker – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 9 months

Total Credits: 45

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Education Assistant and Community Support Worker


Program Summary

Do you want a rewarding and challenging career and have a strong desire to support others? As an Education Assistant & Community Support Worker, you will work with children and adults living with disabilities, their families, teachers and other support professionals.

Consider this program if you are:

  • Caring and empathetic
  • Genuinely interested in working with people
  • Comfortable advocating for others
  • Flexible and able to adapt to diversity
  • A good communicator

Prepare for leadership:

  • Ready for work as an Educational Assistant, Community Support Worker or Job Coach
  • You will be prepared for lifelong learning and continued post-secondary education
  • Foster your commitment to personal and professional wellness
  • Develop your working knowledge of the importance of community partnerships

Depth in the development of:

  • Knowledge (head)
  • Solid value base (heart)
  • Professional skills practice (hands)

Assist others with:

  • Life skills
  • Recreation
  • Residential
  • Supported employment

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

Official transcripts from high school or post-secondary institutions (mailed directly from the Ministry of Education and educational institutions) showing the following:

  • High school graduation or equivalent (mature students are welcome to apply)
  • English Studies 12 or equivalent with a minimum of 60% or higher, or a minimum Language Proficiency Index (LPI) score of level 4

Additional Requirements

  • Two completed personal reference forms;
  • 40 hour work experience form completed by a supervisor who has observed the applicant in a volunteer or paid work situation is required;
  • Proof of a negative tuberculosis test or of a clear chest x-ray that is less than 6 months old old for those who have been requested to have this from our community partners;
  • A current criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice must be completed within 90 days of program start date. Some types of criminal records may limit or prohibit acceptance in field placement; acceptance into field placement is a requirement for program promotion.
  • Current résumé; and
  • Personal statement of interest (250 words).

An orientation session is required and will be arranged by the program designate.

Students applying to the diploma program immediately following completion of a Human Services certificate program, may request that the contents of their file be transferred.

Graduation and Promotion

In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum of 60% or better in all semester courses.

Program Courses

After successful completion of the year one program courses you may ladder into one of the Diploma programs.

Term 1

Required courses

EACS155Foundations Of Practice


EACS156Support Strategies


EACS170Augmentative Communication


ENGL110English Composition


HSER174Interpersonal Communications


PSYC100Introductory Psychology I


EACS160Classroom Support Strategies


Term 2

Required courses

EACS157Challenging Conditions


EACS161Person-Centred Planning


EACS165Health & Wellness


EACS179Application of Theory to Practice


EACS195Practicum I


FAM180Family Dynamics


PSYC101Introductory Psychology II


Term 3

Required courses

EACS196Practicum II