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Human Services-Educational Assistant/Community Support Certificate

NIC’s Human Services department and its programs are part of a provincial network that ensures not only high-quality instruction and programming, as well as transferability throughout the province.  As a graduate of the Educational Assistant/Community Support program you will be prepared to assist individuals who have physical, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities.


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Admission Requirements

  2. Completed 20 hours volunteer work and HSW Professional Reference Information Sheet.
  3. Signed Human Services Requisite Skills and Abilities document.
  4. 300-word HSW Letter of Intent for coming into the program and career goals.

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Priority Admission for Aboriginal Applicants

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has provided Special Program approval to allow priority admission for a selected number of self-declared Aboriginal applicants to this program beginning in September 2013. For more information please refer to NIC’s Aboriginal Education Services program page or contact an Aboriginal Advisor at your local campus.

Before Classes Begin

Once accepted to the program but before classes begin, you will be required to:

  • attend a group information session. This mandatory session is designed to assist you in making an informed decision about pursuing a career in human services. The admissions department will send you an invitation with details regarding the date and time of the information session.
  • hold a Standard First Aid Certification with CPR Level C that will remain valid through to the end of the program.
  • submit a Criminal Record Check Permission form, which will be sent to you by Admissions once you are offered a seat in the program.
  • complete a Personal Immunization form which will be sent to you by the admissions office when you have a seat in the program. It must be validated by the public health nurse at your local health unit.

Note: Human services students are not required to meet the PSY 130 and PSY 131 prerequisites for registering in PSY 250 and PSY 251. If you choose to work toward a degree, you may be required to complete PSY 130 and PSY 131.

If you wish to reduce your workload, you can take ENG 115 before entering into the program.

Course Requirements

Completion Requirements

  1. A letter grade of C (60%) or better in all classes.
  2. A letter grade of P (Pass) in all Practicum courses.
  3. Students must receive a letter grade of C (60%) or better in all certificate courses (HSW, SSW, PSY 250  and PSY 251 ) to be promoted from one term to the next term. A student who fails any course in the program cannot progress until the course is passed. ENG 115  or ENG 116  courses are not a requirement of progression but must be completed with a grade of C (60%) or better in order to obtain the credential.
    In order to repeat a course, you must reapply to the program in a subsequent offering of the same term in which the failure occurred providing there is an available seat. If in repeating the course, you fail again, then you will be removed entirely from the program and can only re-enter by going through the admission process. Please note that you may be required to begin at term one.
    If you fail a course, re-enter the program and successfully repeat the failed course, and then fail another course, you will be removed entirely from the program and can only re-enter by going through the admission process. Please note that you may be required to begin at term one.
    Re-entering the program under any circumstance is dependent on an available seat and at the discretion of the human services department and in consultation with the Dean. If you fail a course, you may be asked to complete a learning assessment prior to being reconsidered for re-admission. These regulations are important to the profession to ensure that graduates have the required skills and knowledge, and are therefore deemed safe to practice.
  4. All students are required to adhere to the program expectations document. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in your being required to leave the program.