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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

All of our programs are returning to in-class learning.

CBBC Career College has recently received notice from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Private Career Colleges Division, all programs currently running remotely are to return to in-person classes effective September 7, 2021.

If anything changes in this regard, we will keep you informed. For programs with a start date of September 7th or later, your start date remains the same as stated on your acceptance letter; classes will be held in person at the campus.

Total program length: 32 weeks

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

  • Orientation – 5 hrs
  • Introduction to Support Work - 15 hrs
  • First Aid/CPR Level C & AED - 16 hrs
  • WHMIS & OHS - 8 hrs
  • Human Growth & Development I - 35 hrs
  • Human Growth & Development II - 35 hrs
  • Health & wellness for the Caregiver - 25 hrs
  • Health and Personal Care - 60 hours
  • Crisis Intervention - 20 hrs
  • Job Readiness - 8 hrs
  • Practicum Placement I - 90 hrs
  • Food Hygiene Certificate - 8 hrs
  • Exceptionalities I - 50 hrs
  • Exceptionalities II - 45 hrs
  • Contemporary Issues in Disability - 30 hrs
  • Behavioural Supports - 50 hrs
  • Individualized Planning - 43 hrs
  • Household Management - 20 hrs
  • Medication Awareness - 30 hrs
  • Mental Health Issues - 40 hrs
  • Disability and the Aging Process - 25 hrs
  • Disability and Sexuality - 25 hrs
  • Job Readiness - 20 hrs
  • Practicum Placement II - 210 hrs
  • Applied Suicide Intervention & Skills Training - 15 hrs
  • Documenting & Reporting - 20 hrs
  • Interpersonal Communication - 25 hrs

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.

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

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