Academic Calendar 2023/24

Social Work and Human Services

School and Community Support Worker certificate

This one-year, 31-credit program prepares students to work with children and adults with diverse abilities. Under the supervision of classroom teachers, graduates work in schools as Education Assistants to support students’ academic goals, address behavioural issues, and assist with personal care. Working in community and residential settings, graduates work with clients to develop and facilitate goals that increase community inclusion and support daily living activities.

The program can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Part-time students may enroll in any available program course provided they meet the stated prerequisite and there is space. Part-time students may not be able to access all required courses in sequence. Qualifying Studies students and students in other programs may be able to enroll in some required courses if they meet the stated prerequisite and there is space.

Some credits are applicable to the Social Service Worker diploma program. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended.

Assessment of prior learning is available for qualified students.

Entrance requirements

  1. One of:
    • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent with an overall C average.
    • Successful completion of at least nine university-level credits that are required by the School and Community Support Worker certificate program with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
  2. Prerequisites for CMNS 125 or ENGL 105.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with people with diverse abilities is required. Evidence of this may include volunteer and/or paid work in classroom settings with children or in the community with children or adults. This is demonstrated through submission of the Additional Application Information Form (see below).

Note: Admission to the program does not guarantee placement in a practicum. Please see the Practicum regulations section below.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

Apply online at

Additional documents required for a complete application:

  • Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • Evidence of having met the prerequisites for CMNS 125 or ENGL 105.
  • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
  • An Additional Application Information Form detailing related education, work, and volunteer experience, including a personal statement of at least 250 and no more than 500 words (available at
  • Two recent, satisfactory letters of reference from employers, teachers, or volunteer supervisors who are qualified to comment on the applicant’s ability to work with people of diverse abilities. These must be on reference forms available from the School of Social Work and Human Services.

Upon admission to the program applicants will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

  1. All complete applications received by January 31 will be reviewed.
  2. Professional suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point rating system. Up to 30 points are awarded for each of academic performance, related volunteer and/or work experience, and a personal statement, including an assessment of writing ability; and up to 10 points for two reference letters. Admission will be granted on a first-qualified, first-served basis to those who score above the required threshold.
  3. Only those who submit complete applications and score above the required threshold will be considered.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. In addition to tuition and required textbooks, other expenses include criminal record checks, first aid training, and travel to and from practicum sites.

Program duration

Students may elect to take this program on either a full- or part-time basis. Students have a maximum of four years to complete the program under the requirements that were in place at the time they were admitted to the program.

Program outline

Semester I

Course Title Credits
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
or ENGL 105 Academic Writing  
HSER 120 Interpersonal Communications for Human Services 3
HSER 190 Introduction to Community and School Support 3
HSER 192 Supporting Students in Schools 3
SOWK 110 Introduction to Social Work and Social Services 3

Semester II

Course Title Credits
HSER 131 SCSW Practicum 7
HSER 194 Education Assistants and Inclusive Schools 3
HSER 195 Relationships and the Community 3
SOWK 225 Human Behaviour and the Social Environment 3
or PSYC 250 Introduction to Developmental Psychology  

Practicum regulations

Admission to the program does not guarantee placement in a practicum and students are not guaranteed the practicum of their choice. Students are required to register for the practicum course on the campus closest to their practicum. A PGPA of 2.00 is required for practicum placement. Students who are on Academic Warning or Academic Probation or subject to academic or non-academic student misconduct proceedings will not be permitted to register in the practicum.

The Practicum and Internship Coordinator will assess students’ readiness for practicum on their knowledge, skills, and professionalism. Each practicum requires a minimum of 200 hours (two to four days per week for 13 to 15 weeks). Concurrent with the practicum, students attend mandatory seminar classes.

A criminal record check completed through the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) is required before practicum placement. Record checks completed through the RCMP or local police detachments do not meet B.C. government requirements.

Prior to practicum placement, all students are required to have a valid first aid certificate (Red Cross Basic Life Support, Occupational First Aid Level 1, or St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid).

Program continuance

Students must maintain a PGPA of 2.00 to be considered for practicum placement and graduation.

All HSER and SOWK required courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better. Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be required to withdraw from the program. Unsatisfactory progress includes but is not limited to:

  • Being placed on academic warning or probation for academic misconduct.
  • Failing two or more required courses in one semester.
  • Failing a required course twice.
  • Failing to achieve the minimum grade of C in a required course twice.
  • Failing a practicum.
  • Failing to maintain a PGPA of 2.00.

Undergraduate continuance

See the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students are required to complete a minimum of 31 credits. At least 50% of these must be completed at UFV.

Maximum length of time to complete program

Students are allowed up to four consecutive years to complete the program under the requirements that were in place at the time they were admitted.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students