Graduates of the two year (four semester) Diploma in Human Service Work will be prepared for employment in the social service, mental health and community living fields. Students will develop a theoretical knowledge base, a foundation of professional ethics and values, critical thinking ability, essential support skills, and a process for integrating all of their learning into a functional practice framework. Students will apply this practice framework to develop empowering, purposeful relationships that promote increased levels of health and well being in individuals, families and groups.

Students will learn to advocate and to collaboratively develop social support networks for people from vulnerable populations. While acknowledging personal limitations, students will also learn to fulfil role responsibilities within the context of multidisciplinary teams.

The curriculum for the Diploma in Human Service Work reflects the expanding responsibilities and evolving practice standards for graduates from non-degree social service programs. It has been developed with extensive community consultation, and learning objectives are informed by provincially identified practice competencies.

There are laddering relationships with various BSW programs throughout the province and possible laddering with other degree programs such as Child and Youth Care (University of Victoria), Community Rehabilitation Studies (University of Calgary), and Human Service Administration (Grant MacEwan College).

Past graduates of the Human Service Worker Certificate program will have opportunity to upgrade to a diploma credential. Seats will be awarded based on time and date of application. A limited number of seats will be available for students who wish to enroll on a part time basis.


Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • support workers in Child and Youth care services
  • support workers in residential treatment centres for adults with addictions
  • Diversion programs and Halfway houses for adults paroled to the community
  • Support workers in women's emergency shelters
  • Support workers in group homes for children, youth, or adults
  • Community social service agencies
  • Community based support services to people with mental health challenges or disabilities
  • in leisure and recreational services to children, youth and adults
  • Vocational services (sheltered employment, day programming or supported employment) to people with mental health challenges or disabilities

Practicum Sites

Students' practicum sites include, but are not limited to: residential and community based services for children and adolescents; residential centres for adults with addictions; social and recreational programs for children, adolescents and adults; community based and residential programs for persons with a mental illness or a developmental disability; community social service agencies; elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools; independent and shared living homes; supported employment programs.