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Admission Requirements

  • Clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Adequate level of physical health to be able to fulfill job requirements (as stated in self-assessment)
  • Other medical tests (e.g., TB Test) or proof of vaccinations (e.g., Hepatitis B) may be required by industry
  • Good command of the English language – both written and oral
  • Completion of standard registration form

Program Highlights

With the aging population, the tremendous advancements in technology, and our demand for the best quality of life, the healthcare industry is facing a growing shortage of well-trained personnel. Throughout the North American healthcare industry, there is an acute need to increase the size of the workforce and raise the skill level of that workforce. A well-trained Addictions Worker (AW) is equipped with a flexible, adaptable career. Social and Community Service Workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services specializing in addictions. They assist clients in coping with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities and other establishments.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in a wide variety of CSW/AW settings and occupations. Job titles vary per location, but graduates are an integral part of many settings, including:

  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Public addiction counselling clinics
  • Private addiction counselling clinics
  • Addiction and drug awareness agencies
  • Mental health centres
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Youth centres
  • Individual and family services
  • Youth protection services
  • Public administration
  • Civic and social organizations
  • Social advocacy
  • Grant-making organizations
  • Provincial government
  • Out-patient care centres
  • Local community service centres (CLSC)
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Educational services
  • Hospitals
  • Community food and housing
  • Emergency relief services


Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Addictions Worker Level 1
  • Addictions Worker Level 2
  • Addictions Worker Level 3
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  • Anticipated salary:

    C$33,570 – C$77,775 (Information from PayScale Canada)

  • Program Duration:

    12 Weeks

  • Program Notes:

    Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

  • Program Category:

    Community Support Worker

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