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University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford , British Columbia ,Canada

School and Community Support Worker — Certificate

The UFV's School and Community Support Worker certificate will prepare you to work as an education assistant or a support worker in the community.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to support diverse students with a variety of learning needs under the direction of a classroom teacher. You will learn to promote and manage positive student behaviour, implement Individualized Education Plans, and assist with personal care.

You will also be prepared to assist diverse adults and children in the community in vocational, residential, and recreational settings, as well as long-term care facilities. As a community support worker, you'll adopt an emphasis on quality of life, fostering inclusion and promoting self-determination while assisting with life skill development and full participation in the community.

During this program, you will complete a 200-hour practicum in a school or community-based agency, where you will apply what you are learning in class to practice.

The 31-credit certificate can be completed in two semesters of full-time study or longer if taken part-time.

View School and Community Support Worker's program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

When you graduate you can apply to earn a Social Service Worker diploma. You're encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your educational plans.

Campus Information


The Abbotsford campus is UFV's main campus, located in the third most diverse city in Canada. This campus features classroom and office spaces, a large library, a cafeteria, a non-smoking, four-floor residence with 102 double occupancy suites, a bookstore, a sports centre, and a new 50,000 square foot student centre that integrates student activities and campus life with key academic and administrative offices.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

A strong majority of our students graduate and go on to fill the growing need for educational assistants across BC. The BC Labour Market Outlook estimates that from 2019-2029, there will be 5400 job openings for elementary & secondary school teacher assistants.

Community support workers will also be in demand. Community Living BC reports growing wait lists of adults with diverse abilities who require services. Over the next five years, a 36.2 percent increase in caseloads is expected. In light of this growing need, the 2019 BC budget includes $1,085.6 million for Community Living BC over the next two years. An additional funding of $8.8 million in 2019 and $9.5 million in 2020 will help support costs faced by home sharing providers.

PSW Opportunity

> If your program was less than 8 months
   You aren’t eligible for a PGWP.

> If your program was more than 8 months but less than 2 years
   We may give you a PGWP that’s valid for up to the same length as your study program.
For example, if you completed a 9-month program, we may give you a work permit for up to 9 months.

> If your program was 2 years or more
   We may give you a PGWP that’s valid for 3 years.

> If you completed more than 1 program
   You may be able to get a PGWP that combines the length of each program.

Each of the programs you completed -
must be PGWP-eligible and at least 8 months in length

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 18900 CAD
    Annual Cost of Living: 10000 CAD
    Application Fee: 150 CAD
This Institution is not directly represented by us and applications / visa support (to them) attract a nominal charge