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Community Service (Cert)

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Certificate (Cert)
2 to 3 years
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study in Community Service?

You have practical work experience in the social services sector and you’re looking for additional training and practice in your chosen field. As a student in our program, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills that help bring about effective change in special needs groups, organizations and communities.  

This certificate can be completed with an emphasis in Community Intervention, Health Promotion or Organizational Leadership.

Program highlights

  • Customizable based on your career objectives
  • Work in small group settings

Program structure

Program option

  • Certificate in Community Service (30 credits)

The program is designed for those, although qualified in their own profession, who wish to obtain additional training and practice in their chosen field. The educational approach of the Certificate is experience-based learning, or learning-by-doing. Experiences in groups, both inside the class and outside, are integrated into the program. The Certificate can be completed with an emphasis in one of the following: Community Intervention, Health Promotion, Organizational Development.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Graduates of the Certificate program in Community Service are encouraged to apply to the following types of employers:

  • Social service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Geriatric centres and residences
  • Drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • Schools; mental health institutions
  • Women's centres
  • Community recreation centres
  • Religious organizations

Self-employment as a Community Service Worker is also a career option.

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