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Human Service Work Diploma


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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm
  • Campuses
    Kelowna

    Resources

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    City of Kelowna
    Salmon Arm

    Resources

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    Salmon Arm BC - Official Website
    Vernon

    Resources

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    City of Vernon
  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $7121 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1160 first year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted starting on November 1 for entry the following Fall semester, January 16 for the following Winter semester, and February 1 for the following Summer semester. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $30

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent)
  • mature student status (be at least 19 years old and out of high school for at least one year)

2. English

One of:

Non-Academic

  • Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate or St John Ambulance Standard Level First Aid Certificate, no more than 12 months before admission
  • Criminal Record Check no more than three months before their date of admission.
  • negative tuberculin test taken within 12 months before the start of the program (or evidence of appropriate follow-up if the test was positive)
  • attend a program orientation
  • current immunizations

Admission Advice

1. Graduates of OC's Human Service Worker Certificate may apply for advanced standing in the diploma program. Graduates from similar certificate programs offered by other post-secondary institutions may also apply for advanced standing. Course equivalencies will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with the Department Chair.

2. A Class 4 (restricted version) driver's licence is strongly recommended for the practicum and eventual employment.

3. Qualified applicants will be admitted based on their date of application.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If English is not your first language, you must submit one of the following (minimum scores):

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)
  • An academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5
  • A Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) of 6
  • 70% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Business Administration diploma, Commercial Aviation Diploma or Advance Culinary Arts diploma
  • 60% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to Arts, Science, Computer Information Systems, and Engineering Technology programs
  • 70% in English 12 or equivalent for Business programs
  • 60% in English 12 or equivalent for Arts, Science, Engineering Technology, and most diploma programs
  • 50% in an English literature or composition course at a recognized university or college in Canada
  • Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index for Business or Level 4 for Arts, Science, technology and most diploma programs
  • A degree or diploma from an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction 

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

Out-of-Province

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

 

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For details on Unclassified Student and Visiting Student admission check here.

How to Apply

For details on applying to Okanagan College check the Become a Student site here.


Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

Follow the links to learn more about these careers on WorkBC's career profiles.