Community Support Worker

  • Delivery Method: In-Class
  • Duration: 32 weeks, including a 7-week practicum
  • Starts: Once per year (October)
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Wages: Up to $20.71/hour

Are you a caring and empathetic individual looking to make a difference in your community and society? Your future should be in community support-based work. Train to effectively promote the mental, physical and emotional health of people with specialized needs so that they may live as fully and independently as possible.

Community Support Workers assist people with learning disabilities, physical challenges or other special needs, along with their families. They model, teach and support all functions of home life, daily living activities, leisure and recreation leading to an improved quality of life and greater self-reliance for people with specialized needs. Community Support Workers also build community relationships (i.e. networking with employers) so that they may encourage people with developmental disabilities in their career discovery process. Furthering employment options for those they work with, Community Support Workers also build training plans and provide direct support within the workplace.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 or 19 years of age or older
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance examination
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance interview
  • Successful completion of a short written essay
  • Passing Verbal Test of English if English is a Second Language
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Reference letter stating suitability to work with people with developmental disabilities

Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, students will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:

  • Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Proof of Immunity Status as required by industry
  • Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician

Note: A valid driver’s license (or new driver status) is highly recommended. Graduates without a driver’s license may face limited employment opportunities and lower wages.

NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements

Financing Your Education

You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; the Stenberg College Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.

Student Stories

Read stories from our students and grads about their experience with the Community Support Worker program at Stenberg.

Michelle Tranminh

At first glance, Michelle Tranminh does not seem like the type of person one would consider to be a big fan of change. In 2015, Michelle had been married for over twenty years and had worked for the federal government for the same amount of time. Just over one year later, Michelle is thriving in a brand new career where every day is full of personal growth and new experiences.

Despite the great benefits, salary and job security afforded by Michelle’s previous position as an employee of the federal government, Michelle found herself feeling unfulfilled and unhappy at work. “I tried several different positions and departments over a period of about three years,” Michelle recalls. “The job was just too focused on computer work, and there was little, if any, face to face interaction with people.”

Michelle decided it was time for a career change. “I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to help people.” While researching options online, Michelle came across Stenberg’s Community Support Worker program video, and found that “something just clicked with me. I knew this was what I wanted to do.”

Michelle earned a 95% GPA and excelled during her practicum placements, being offered a permanent position at the second facility she worked in.

“As soon as I got out into the field, everything I’d been learning in class just came together, none of the information was abstract or formulas that I was trying to memorize, it was all practical knowledge.”

Now working as a Community Support Worker at two Lower Mainland facilities Michelle’s days are anything but typical. However one thing remains the same: the excitement on the faces of her clients. “Every morning when clients arrive they’re so happy to see us, they’re just lit up. There’s no better feeling than seeing how appreciated you are and knowing that you can bring enjoyment and value to their day.”

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