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Do you want to help individuals with varying levels of ability to attain their full potential?

Do you want to work with individuals of all ages in a home or community setting?

Do you want to work in a career filled with opportunity?

Is providing dignity and respect for all people important to you?

If so, a career as a Community Support Worker is right for you.

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

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.

The 35-week 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.

Students in this program will:

  • Learn practical skills related to reporting and workplace safety
  • Develop an understanding of relevant issues related to disability
  • Complete two work practicums
  • Be trained to work in home and community settings

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

Total program length Sydney – 21 weeks theory, 5 weeks practicum

Total program length Dartmouth – 36 weeks theory, 5 weeks practicum

admission requirements

Standard Admissions Policy:

  • Grade 12 or GED
  • Admissions Interview

Alternate Admissions Policy:

  • Achieve a level 12 on Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)
  • Admissions Interview

In addition to the above, all applicants must provide:

  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Health Waiver

Program Outline

  • Behavioural Programming
  • Behavioural Supports
  • Business Communications I - English Essentials
  • Career Management
  • Documenting and Reporting
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid/CPR Level C + AED
  • Food Handler
  • Health and Personal Care
  • Health and Wellness for the Caregiver
  • Household Management, Nutrition, and Menu Preparation
  • Human Growth and Development - Birth to Adolescence
  • Human Growth and Development - Adulthood and Gerontology
  • Human Growth and Development - Intellectual & Developmental Exceptionalities
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Support Work and Ethical Care
  • Medication Awareness
  • Mental Health
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows/Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Naloxone Training
  • Practicum
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Solution Focused Intervention and Program Planning - Includes NVCI

job market

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 prepared me and gave me the confidence to enter the real business world. The close knit atmosphere CBBC has, made me very comfortable. Each and every staff member at CBBC was extraordinarily helpful on my journey in obtaining a full-time Administrative Assistant position in Cape Breton. Courtney MacPhail Administrative Assistant / Offshore Technical Services

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