Community Support Worker

Start a Rewarding Career With the Community Support Worker Program


Program Length:

41 Weeks

Program Hours:



Program Length:

26 Weeks

Program Hours:


Upcoming Start Dates



October 1, 2024
January 6, 2025
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Start a Rewarding Career With the Community Support Worker Program

Community Support/Service Workers, help support people with varying levels of physical and/or intellectual abilities or individuals with mental illness. Your primary role is to help these individuals attain their goals to help them live fulfilling lives. Each day and each client provides new opportunities and challenges. As a Community Support Worker you might:

  • Assist with personal care
  • Provide support for errands like grocery shopping, appointments, and more
  • Mentor clients in their vocational programs
  • Coach the skills needed for daily activities
  • Advocate for clients in a variety of settings

The Community Support Worker program in Dartmouth and Sydney provides the knowledge and skills needed for this rewarding career. This program is taught over eight months and provides theory and hands-on practical learning. Our program will prepare you to work with clients with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities or other special needs. Each course is designed to prepare students for their careers. Students will apply what they have learned through group projects, papers, and presentations as well as work in two work practicums to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Each Community Support Worker course is taught by instructors who have worked in the field. By using real-world examples, they are able to help students relate the theory material to their new careers. In addition to your diploma, students earn the following certificates:

  • First Aid & CPR Level C with AED
  • Food Handler Certificate
  • WHMIS and OHS

New Bursaries Available for Community Support Worker Students!

CBBC Career College is thrilled to announce a fantastic opportunity for soon-to-be students! Several bursaries, each valued at $5,000, are available for students about to enroll in the Community Support Worker (CSW) program at our Sydney campus this fall. This is a wonderful chance for students to receive financial support while pursuing their education and preparing for a meaningful career.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for this bursary, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Residency: Must be a resident of Nova Scotia.
  • Citizenship Status: Must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status.
  • Enrollment: Successfully enroll in the Community Support Worker program at CBBC Career College’s Sydney Campus for the Fall 2024 intake.
  • Commitment: Sign a ‘Return of Service’ agreement with the Department of Community Services, committing to work in the disability support sector for one year upon graduation.

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Job Market

CSW’s work in a variety of home, adult vocational or community settings. Job opportunities can be found with agencies, organizations or the government or community day programs throughout Nova Scotia. This career offers flexibility as positions may be part-time or offer shift work.

Graduates may obtain careers as life skills instructors, vocational instructors, program supervisors or managers, community support workers, community service workers, casual support workers, developmental service workers, developmental support workers or human services workers and more.

This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who wants their career to make a positive impact.
  • Someone with a genuine passion for helping others and a desire to contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Someone determined to build strong and meaningful relationships with both your colleagues and patients.

Why choose the Community Support Worker program?

  • The demand for Community Support Workers is often high, which can provide you with job stability and a range of career options.
  • Several different opportunities for employment, including self-employment, full-time or part-time.

Save time & money

  • Finish most programs and become job-ready in less than a year!
  • Get the skills you need to get hired with programs that cut the extras and give you the skills you need to get hired.
  • With career support for life with CBBC Career College, our experts will help find you employment no matter how long ago you graduated.
  • You don't need three to four years of school to enter the workforce with the skills to start a great paying career!

Your future is our priority

  • Start school NOW with most program intakes happening frequently (no need to wait!)
  • No waiting lists, even in our most-popular programs. We'll get you the job training you need to start your career ASAP.
  • We take a student-centric approach to learning, with small class sizes to empower you to collaborate with your peers and receive more attentive support from your instructors.

Career-relevant education

  • Our programs are programs aligned with real-world, in-demand occupations. We will get you job-ready!
  • Most CBBC Career College programs include practicum experience so you can hit the job search running with a great education AND experience.
  • We have real relationships with employers who are waiting to hire qualified CBBC Career College graduates!

What Our Graduates Are Saying

I highly recommend CBBC Career College to anyone interested in pursuing what they have to offer. They have gone far to support all the students in my class in pursuing their goals. I have been very satisfied with my experience at the college.
Thom H. Boehm
Continuing Care Assistant Program

What Our Graduates Are Saying

CBBC is the best decision that you can make for yourself. The education, the hands-on experience, and the amazing instructors make the time fly by. You learn skills that translate into real job experience. If you are looking to go to college, choose them! Once you become a part of the CBBC family, your dreams become realities!
Stephanie Melski
Medical Office Assistant / Cape Breton Regional Hospital Program