What will I learn?

The Social Service Worker (SSW) program integrates university credit courses with social service career courses, and combines classroom theory with the practical skills necessary for employment in a broad range of social services occupations.

Practicum opportunities available in Northwest communities allow you to practice what you learn in workplace settings and gain valuable practical experience. SSW Certificate graduates are prepared to work at the para-professional level or to continue their education to diploma and degree levels of education. SSW Diploma program graduates can either work at the para-professional level or continue their education to a degree.

Program length

  • Start in September and complete the certificate in 1 year or the diploma in 2 years
  • Start in January and complete the certificate in 2 years or the diploma in 3 years
  • Study part-time and complete at your own pace

Select courses will be offered face to face or video conference at the Hazelton or Prince Rupert campuses. Courses may be held on Saturdays.

Career opportunities

Opportunities for graduates from this program include:

  • Child and Youth Workers
  • Financial Assistance Workers
  • Teacher Assistants
  • Support Workers
  • Family Resource Workers
  • And much more

Diploma graduates may continue their education to further a professional career in human and social services, including:

  • Social Worker
  • Family Counsellor
  • Probation Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • College Counsellor
  • And any other professional position in the human service field

All successfully completed university credit courses in the program are transferable.

Under the collaborative agreement between UNBC and CMTN, students who complete the Social Service Worker Diploma program are eligible to receive credit as determined under the agreement. UNBC's Bachelor of Social Work Degree can be obtained at UNBC's Terrace Campus. The University of Victoria awards, on an individual basis, additional transfer credits for a SSW diploma or certificate.

Which department am I in?

Coast Mountain College

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,938.75 (US$ 11,739) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Coast Mountain College

Terrace Campus,

5331 McConnell Avenue,

Terrace,

British Columbia (BC),

V8G 4X2, Canada

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,938.75 (US$ 11,739) per year
Start date

Expected January 2021

Venue

Coast Mountain College

Terrace Campus,

5331 McConnell Avenue,

Terrace,

British Columbia (BC),

V8G 4X2, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Course prerequisites include:

  • Math 11
  • English 12 or equivalent

Recognized international language requirements

TOEFL (internet-based): Reading – 20; Writing – 20; Speaking – 20; Listening – 20; Overall – 80

IELTS (academic module): Overall – 6.0 No less than 5.5

International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC): Pass

International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP): "C" Grade

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall 50 No less than 50

Pearson's Exam (PTE-A): Overall 50 No less than 42

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