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What will I learn?

This one-year certificate program is designed to support students as they prepare to enter a variety of career-based academic programs in the human service fields. The program will strengthen students' academic skills and assist them in developing greater knowledge and awareness of the range of human service career options. Through intentionally designed program activities, students will engage with relevant career programs in order to develop a fuller understanding of the professional requirements of those programs and determine personal suitability and fit.

Program Outcomes

  • Work effectively in human services/health related agencies and organizations.
  • Acquire basic literacy skills both written and oral.
  • Demonstrate appropriate study habits.
  • Develop a basic knowledge and understanding of a variety of helping careers.
  • Incorporate into one's knowledge base an understanding of the key practice issues in the helping field.
  • Practice and apply the basic value sets and ethical standards inherent in all helping professions.
  • Identify and utilize a variety of community resources as needed.
  • Internalize an understanding of the use of self in all personal and professional relationships.
  • Learn and utilize appropriately the key skills and abilities required to become an effective helper.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to enter a variety of career-based programs with the prerequisite skills and knowledge to enhance their level of achievement in the career program of their choice.

A five-mark (5) bonus will be granted to any applicant who has successfully completed Conestoga's Human Services Foundation program and who is applying to any of the following Conestoga diploma programs: Early Childhood Education; Recreation and Leisure Services; Social Service Worker; Protection, Security and Investigation; Educational Support; and Pre-Service Firefighter.

Upon successful completion of the Human Services Foundation program (degree stream), students may apply to Conestoga's Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice or Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development degree programs.

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Which department am I in?

School of Community Services

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,350.00 (US$ 10,473) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


Conestoga College

Doon (Kitchener) Campus,

299 Doon Valley Drive,


Ontario (ON),

N2G 4M4, Canada

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,350.00 (US$ 10,473) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Brantford Campus

50 Wellington St.,


Ontario (ON),

N3T 2L6, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status.

Applicants must have 6.0 IELTS (with no band less than 5.5), 80 TOEFL.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Conestoga College

As one of the fastest growing public colleges in Canada, Conestoga is the place to be for aspiring professionals and applied learners.

  • Located in a business and innovation hub, close to Toronto
  • Excellent graduate outcomes and graduate employability
  • Over 90% satisfaction rate from graduates and employers
  • Over 200 programs of study, including 63 Co-op programs

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