Social Service Worker Diploma

Admission Requirements


One of the following:

  1. Grade 12 with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples
  2. ABE/CCP Advanced Certificate plus English 045
  3. GED Certificate plus English 045 or English 12 or English 12: First Peoples

Note: For all of the above, you must have a minimum “C” grade in English 12 or English 12: First Peoples/English 045.

Plus the following:

  1. Completion of the English component of the SRA.
  2. Two references from a Social Service employer, volunteer supervisor, teacher, or social service professional, attesting to your personal suitability for work in the field.
  3. A work/volunteer experience resumé. You must have at least 30 verifiable hours of volunteer experience in the past three years.
  4. A written statement (maximum four pages) on your interest in the social service field, your understanding of what the field is about, and types of attributes you possess that would make you a viable candidate for this program.


  1. You’ll have to undergo a criminal record search, Schedule B, through the Ministry of Justice. Any costs are your responsibility.
  2. It is recommended that all successful candidates have current TB testing and a complete immunization regime as per Northern Health recommendations for health and social service worker students.
  3. It is recommended that all applicants have current certificates in Emergency-level first aid and FoodSafe. Certifications in therapeutic crisis intervention and suicide prevention are also valuable assets for work in the field.
  4. To do a practicum, you must obtain a “C” grade or higher in all social service worker courses.
  5. A minimum grade of “C” in all SSWK courses is required to graduate with a SSWK certificate.
  6. Courses must be completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of graduation in order to count toward the following credentials: Social Service Worker Certificate, Social Service Worker Diploma, and Social Service Worker (UT) Diploma. 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 unassigned 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.)

Advanced Standing

Based on the skills and knowledge the student has acquired through his or her life and/or work experience, the student may be able to obtain course credits in the Social Service Worker Program via SSWK 100, SSWK 101, and SSWK 201.

Through this assessment process, the student documents and demonstrates his or her capabilities based on identified competencies and learning objectives of the SSWK course for which s/he is seeking Advanced Standing credit.

Courses eligible for Advanced Standing will be determined by the instructor and may include up to three of the following: SSWK 145, SSWK 195, SSWK 196/199, SSWK 225 in conjunction with CASS 120, and SSWK 263.

For more information, please contact CNC Counselling and Advising.

Social Service Worker

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full or part-time
  • Length: 2 years
  • Campus: Prince George *individual courses may be available at other campuses
  • Fees: $7,244
These fees are an estimate.