2019-20 Calendar

Special Needs Worker Certificate

The Special Needs Worker Certificate is designed to train individuals who support children and adults with disabilities in the community. This 375-hour program includes a 70-hour practicum at approved facilities. To meet the demands of the work and to provide quality support and services, graduates must have a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities including an understanding of the values, attitudes and beliefs of community living.

Emphasis is placed on understanding and practicing the community living philosophy and utilizing a person-centred approach. Graduates of this program will be prepared to practice professionally as part of a team in entry-level positions in homes, workplaces, educational, recreational and social settings.

Admission Requirement

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

  • Occupational First Aid Level I and CPR Level C certification (no more than 12 months prior to admission.)

  • FOODSAFE certification

  • Evidence of a negative tuberculin skin test (no more than six months prior to admission)

  • Up-to-date Immunization Record based on vaccination listed below. Please provide a photocopy of your completed immunization record; this record will be kept in your student file. Applicants are advised that, practicum sites may require practicum students to have this immunization. If you choose not to complete this recommended immunization, it may limit your choices of a practicum site.
    Hepatitis B Vaccine - Recommended because of potential exposure to blood or body fluids, as well as increased risk of penetrating injuries.

  • A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Okanagan College's admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General's Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Failure to provide a clearance letter by the deadline will result in a cancellation of the applicant's admission application.


SNW 110 Foundations of Community Living
SNW 111 Health, Safety and Wellness
SNW 112 Interpersonal Skills for the Human Services Professional
SNW 113 Human Development/Lifespan Development
SNW 114 Individualized Supports and Services
SNW 115 Professional Practice in the Human Services
SNW 116 Relationship Development with and for People with Disabilities
SNW 117 SNW Workshops
SNW 118 Practicum

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass the practivum and attain a minimum grade of 60% in all other courses in the program.

This program is not currently offered

Program Area:

Continuing Studies





2017-18: $3,152.43


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