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The Social Service Worker (SSW) diploma allows you to be registered in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. This program prepares you to develop or hone your skills for working with people who are experiencing distressing events in their lives, both from an individual perspective, and in a way that examines how society can contribute to the challenges and crises in people's lives.

This unique stream of the Social Service Worker program is geared to people who have been working in the field of social work who want to attain their diploma, as well as to people looking for a career change who wish to enter the health and/or human services field.

Why Earn an SSW Diploma?

Earning an SSW diploma means that graduates can register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers and legally use the SSW designation after their names. By working toward a diploma part-time, health and human service professionals will acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge, learn new ways of working with people, and meet other professionals from a broad range of agencies and organizations, thereby increasing networking opportunities.

How will Courses be Delivered?

Courses will be taught at the Humber Lakeshore Campus on evenings, weekends and during intensive Summer Institutes with course work condensed into five or six days. Select courses are also delivered at the Humber North Campus. Some courses will be available online or onsite at your agency. Any agency with 20 or more staff who are interested in the program, may arrange for courses to be delivered onsite.

What About Prior Learning and Exemption Credits?

The program recognizes the fact that professionals who have been working in the field prior to program entry have tremendous knowledge for which they are granted credit. As well, people with other degrees or diplomas benefit from receiving credit for previous education. Professionals can continue to work and acquire their diploma on a part-time basis. Part-time students receive the same excellence in training the full-time students do, within a shorter time frame.
The length of time required to complete the diploma is unique for each student, depending upon the number of prior learning assessment (PLA) and equivalency and/or transfer (formerly referred to as exemption) credits that the student is granted. In addition, completion time is dependent upon how many course(s) a student wishes/is able to take each semester. Most students will be able to complete this diploma within two to three years on a part-time basis.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) at or above the general level, or with courses from College (C), University/College (M), University (U) pathways, or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Minimum of 50 hours of documented volunteer experience in a recognized human service organization. Secondary school co-op programs will be considered in lieu of volunteer experience if they are done in a social/human service setting. Refer to www.211toronto.ca for a list of agencies
  • Two letters of reference - at least one from a direct supervisor
  • English proficiency in sentence structure and reading comprehension
  • A resume outlining educational background and work experience

How do I Apply?

Please contact lisa.morris@humber.ca or call 416.675.6622 ext. 2608.


For further information, visit communityservices.humber.ca.


Refer to the individual course listings for information on the following courses.


Click on individual course numbers for course dates, times and locations. Note that F signifies fall offering; W signifies winter offering; and S signifies a spring/summer offering.


Semester 1

Compulsory Courses - 7 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM 200 FALL WINTER SPRING
An Introduction to Arts and Sciences HUMA 024 FALL WINTER SPRING
Urban Sociology SSW. 101 SPRING
Human Growth and Behaviour SSW. 102 WINTER
Orientation to Human Services SSW. 103 FALL SPRING
Interpersonal Skills SSW. 105 WINTER
Field Practice Orientation SSW. 106 WINTER
Semester 2

Compulsory Courses - 7 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
Workplace Writing Skills COMM 300 FALL WINTER SPRING
Group Work Skills SSW. 200 SPRING
Interviewing Skills 1 SSW. 202 FALL
Field Practice 1 SSW. 203 FALL WINTER SPRING
Family Dynamics SSW. 204 FALL SPRING
Integrative Seminar 1 SSW. 205 FALL WINTER SPRING
Cross-Cultural Skills SSW. 400 WINTER
Semester 3

Compulsory Courses - 6 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
Political Process SSW. 201 FALL SPRING
Special Needs Populations SSW. 301 FALL SPRING
Field Practice 2 SSW. 302 FALL WINTER SPRING
Integrative Seminar 2 SSW. 303 FALL WINTER SPRING
Interviewing Skills 2 SSW. 306 WINTER SPRING
Community Development SSW. 421 WINTER SPRING
Semester 4

Compulsory Courses - 6 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
Agency Administration and Fundraising SSW. 300 WINTER
Current Social Policy Issues SSW. 304 WINTER
Legislation in Human Services SSW. 401 FALL
Field Practice 3 SSW. 402 FALL WINTER SPRING
Integrative Seminar 3 SSW. 403 FALL WINTER SPRING
Case Management: Advocacy SSW. 407 FALL SPRING

Elective Courses - Choose 1 from the following:

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
select 1 from Elective: General Education Electives GNEDG000

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