Community Support Worker Certificate
Community and School Support (CASS)

 

All applicants must provide a transcript or other official proof that they have completed English 12 (with a final grade of at least “C”), or equivalent.

Students have 10 years from the time of first registration to complete all of the course and practicum requirements for the Community Support Worker (CSW) Certificate and/or the Education Assistant (EA) Certificate. This policy applies to CNC courses and to all courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions for credit at CNC. Courses more than 10 years old may be considered for elective credit. Students should contact the Dean to discuss this option. (Please note that professional certification or accreditation bodies and receiving institutions may have different criteria.) For the complete policy, see Ten Year Timeline for Program Completion Policy #E-1.37 available on the CNC Policy web page.

New students are admitted to the program in one of four ways:

Path #1: Paid Paraprofessional
For students employed as para-professionals providing support services to persons with developmental disabilities:
  • Verification (such as a transcript) of English 12 (with a final grade of at least “C”) or equivalent
  • A letter from an employer (on agency letterhead) confirming employment.
Path #2: Volunteer Service Provider
For students volunteering service to people with developmental disabilities:
  • Verification (such as a transcript) of English 12 (with a final grade of at least “C”) or equivalent
  • A CASS Volunteer Experience Record (available at blogs.cnc.bc.ca/ cass) completed by a supervisor, documenting at least 65 hours of direct service in the past three years.
Path #3: Caregiver
For students who are caregivers (parent or guardian of a person with a developmental disability) and over 19 years of age:
  • Verification (such as a transcript) of English 12 (with a final grade of at least “C”) or equivalent
  • A completed CASS Personal Statement Form (available at blogs.cnc.bc.ca/ cass).
Path #4: Special Admission
For those who do not yet qualify for full admission into the program. Special Admission students can register for one semester in CASS 110 and/or CASS 120.
  • Verification (such as a transcript) of English 12 (with a final grade of at least “C”) or equivalent
  • Special Admission students must complete 65 hours of relevant volunteer experience with an individual with a developmental disability during their first semester. To continue in the program, they must submit a Volunteer Experience Record (available at blogs. cnc.bc.ca/cass) and apply for full admission.
    English 12 or equivalent: If you don’t have English 12 or equivalent with a minimum “C” grade, you must write an English test at CNC. It’s your responsibility to contact CNC’s Testing and Tutoring Services (1-800-371- 8111, ext. 5837) and arrange to write this test. If your results don’t meet the required level, you must upgrade before admission to the program.

Criminal Record Check

Practicum (CASS 190 only) students must undergo a criminal record search, Schedule B, through the Ministry of Justice. The cost is your responsibility. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering into a practicum or clinical setting. Students who cannot enter the practicum or clinical component cannot graduate from the program.

Advanced standing

This process is available for students who have been accepted into the CASS program and who have self-identified prior skills and knowledge in the human service field. Learners will:

  1. Notify the instructor of their intention to participate in the assessment process and obtain permission to register in CASS 100, Individual Learning Assessment.
    • a. Learners who achieve 60% or higher in each course assessed in CASS 100 are granted Advanced Standing for the applicable course(s).
    • b. Learners who achieve a grade of 40–59% in any of the CASS 100 courses may register in CASS 101.
    • c. Learners who achieve a grade of 0–39% in any of the CASS 100 courses may register in the applicable CASS course(s).

The learner who successfully completes CASS 101 will receive Advanced Standing for the applicable course(s). If the learner does not successfully complete CASS 101, the student may register in the applicable CASS course(s).

Community Support Worker Certificate (CASS)

  • Credential: Certificate
  • Type: Part-time *maximum three courses per semester
  • Campus: Online through Burns Lake and Prince George; through Quesnel on a rotating basis
  • Fees: $290 per course
These fees are an estimate.