Community Support Worker Diploma

Program Overview

Community Support Workers provide personal care and assistance and support to people with developmental disabilities. They support the clients and their families/caregivers to promote independence through assistance in their activities of daily living. They also perform tasks delegated to them as per the established plan of care for the residents. A Community Support worker encourages people to manage their responsibilities and lives as independently as possible. This program is aimed to provide knowledge and skills to the students to serve as community support workers in different community settings.

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Program Start Dates

  • March 01, 2024 - Full-Time Mon-Fri 9:00am-2:00pm - Surrey/Abbotsford

Work as a support worker and earn up to $29 per hour. Serve individuals with their physical, economic, vocational, recreational, social, emotional and daily life skills development in different community settings.

Job Opportunities

After completion of this program, the graduates will be able to work as Support Workers in various job settings, including:

  • Child and Youth Programs
  • Addiction and Social Services
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Community Living
  • Respite Care
  • After School Programs
  • Outreach Programs
  • Women’s’ Shelters
  • Victim Centers
  • Correctional Centers
  • Self Employment


Earn up to $29.00* per hour as a Community Support Worker
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank

Program Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or Mature Student Status (19 years of age or more). Students will need to submit a proof of English Language Competency by any one of the following options:

Domestic Students:

  • Grade 10 English
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the College


International Students:

  • IELTS 5.5 Bands or More
  • CLB Score of 6 or more
  • PTE Academic 50 or more
  • Any other English language assessment test with equivalent score
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the College


Before going to the practicum, students will require the following certifications:

  1. WHMIS
  2. First Aid/CPR
  3. Food Safe
  4. NVCI
  5. Mandt
  6. Clear TB Test
  7. Clear Criminal Record Check
  8. Current Immunizations (as per checklist provided to students)
  9. Suicidal Prevention Program

Program Duration

1040 hours; 12 months; 52 weeks FT (65 weeks PT)

Course Outline

FIELD1 Title of Course/Work Experience Component * # of Hours*
CSW 01 Interpersonal Communication for Human Services 50
CSW 02 Introduction to Community Support Work 50
CSW 03 Computer Fundamentals 40
CSW 04 Report Writing for Community Services 40
CSW 05 Life Span Stages and Development 50
CSW 06 Introduction to Developmental Disabilties 30
CSW 07 Mental Health Challenges 50
CSW 08 Introduction to Psychology 50
CSW 09 Autism Spectrum Disorders 50
CSW 10 Applied Behaviour Analysis 50
CSW 11 Assistive Technology 50
CSW 12 Person Centered Planning and Care 40
CSW 13 Personal Support and Assistance 120
CSW 14 Pharmacology and Medication Management 50
CSW 15 Self Care 40
CSW 16 Career Planning and Preparation 40
CSW 17 Professional Skills for fieldwork in Canada 40
CSW 18 Practicum 200
Total Hours 1040

Fee Structure

1 Registration Fee $250 Domestic Students
2 Tuition Fee $8320
3 Material Fee $200
4 Text Book $1000
Total $9770  
1 Registration Fee $1000 International Students
2 Tuition Fee $11960
3 Material Fee $200
4 Text Book $1000
Total $14160  

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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