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Human Services

In this two-year program, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to help people with intellectual and development disabilities live to their full potential.

You will acquire basic knowledge of a variety of intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and learn the practical skills critical in assisting individuals with a disability through their life span to live to their full potential.

During the two-year program, you will be exposed to numerous disability-related topics such as personal care, inclusion, person-centered planning, mental illness, personal wellness, and teaching and behavioral strategies.

Through lab placements and two practicums (one in each year), you’ll get hands-on experience working in this field.


Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Diploma, Community Living Worker II
Minimum passing grade per course: 60%

Holland College and College de l’Île have partnered to offer select common courses in English or French in this program. See course descriptions below for courses offered in French.

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent * with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Written verification of a minimum of 50 hours of paid or volunteer work experience, preferably within the last three years, with individuals who are labeled with an intellectual disability. Sites may include group homes and residences; vocational training centres; special education classes; recreation and summer programs for individuals who have an intellectual disability, or early learning centres working with children who have special needs.
  • Three letters of reference. One letter of reference must be from where the 50 hours of work or volunteer experience in the field was obtained, one must be from an employer and the third can be a personal reference. Friends or relatives may not serve as a reference.
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt (Please keep a copy of your criminal record check for your records.)
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR trainer
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) certificate
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

*Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for this program are encouraged to apply. Successful completion of TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) may be used as a consideration of acceptance.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Government and private agencies in residential, vocational, and educational settings.
  • Preschool, employment, and community support programs.
  • Organizations that provide support to individuals who have intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental illness.
  • Agencies and organizations that provide services to seniors.
  • Individuals or families for the provision of community support, academic and/or social programming, or respite care.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 4212, NOC 4412.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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