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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


Success Story

Since completing the Health Care Assistant training course at Drake Medox College, I have gained the necessary knowledge, training, skills and confidence to work effectively with the elderly, children and people with developmental disabilities. I believe this course has helped pave the way for greater job opportunities and I since successfully been hired both as a live-in Manager and as a Life Skill Worker. Thank you so much Drake Medox College.