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Community Support Worker

Make a living making a difference in the lives of others through a rewarding career as a Community Support Worker. Flexible course options, which allow you to continue to work while you study!

Community Support Worker

Make a living making a difference in the lives of others through a rewarding career as a Community Support Worker. Flexible course options, which allow you to continue to work while you study!
Community Support Workers focus on empowering those who have developmental disabilities and/or dual diagnosis and promoting the development of their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. A key component of this job is to develop clients’ independence which will allow them to function appropriately in the community. Services include behaviour management, life skills training, crisis intervention, companionship, part taking in recreational activities, some personal care, and counseling.
In addition to a Community Support Worker Diploma , our graduates also receive the following 3 certificates:

  • Food Safe Certificate
  • Emergency First Aid / CPR Level C Certificate
  • Mandt System Certificate


  • Child and Youth Programs
  • Rehabilitation/Detoxification Centers
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Community Living
  • Outreach Programs
  • Womens’ Shelters
  • Self Employment

The Community Support Worker Program is delivered in a combination of on-line and in-class studies:

  • 6 months total or 26 WEEKS
  • Evening & Weekend classes, flexible options
  • Includes 4 weeks of practicum arranged by the college
  • Combined on-line and in-class delivery

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  • Foundations of Technology
  • Business Communications & Reporting
  • Overview of Community Support Services Programs and Resources in BC
  • Role and Responsibilities of Community Support Workers
  • Professional Skills for CSW including MANDT Training
  • Introduction to Psychology and Life Skills Development
  • Life-Span Stages & Development
  • Developmental Disabilities and Dual Diagnosis
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Medication Support
  • Supporting Independence of ADLs
  • Person Centered Care
  • Career Planning and Preparation
  • Practice Experience I and II

This program includes certification in Mandt, a comprehensive and integrated approach to preventing, deescalating, and if necessary intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others.

  1. Grade 12/GED or 19+ years of age
  2. Successful completion of Drake Medox English Assessment & Entrance Interview
  3. Acceptable Ministry of Justice criminal record search within 6 months of program acceptance, or evidence to show that a criminal record search has been requested by the program start date
  4. Reference letter attesting to suitability to work with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities

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“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist

“As you probably are aware by now, most of my recent hires are from your college, and I am very happy with the performance and work ethics of your graduates. They are very responsive, caring and have a solid knowledge by the time they enter the workforce.

Kudos to you and to your organization.

With much respect,”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Retirement Concepts Guildford Seniors Village

“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

I credit my success in finding work straight after I had graduated to their positive training environment and the very supportive staff at Drake Medox. It is from my experience at Drake Medox that I would definitely recommend them to all my family and friends. Thank you Drake Medox College for making my dream of becoming a healthcare assistant come true! I am very happy with all that I've managed to achieve so far and feel I have a bright future ahead!