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Community Service (Cert)

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Certificate (Cert)
1 year
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.


Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

All applicants to the Certificate in Community Service program are required to submit a Letter of Intent with their Concordia University admission application. This is your opportunity as a prospective student to express, in writing, why you wish to enter the Department of Applied Human Sciences.

The Letter of Intent should include:

  • A statement of both your long-term and short-term goals.
  • Your reasons for choosing Applied Human Sciences.
  • Your strengths and weaknesses as a candidate.
  • The experiences you have had that led you to apply (including work and volunteer experience).

Applicants are required to have the following courses as prerequisites for entrance into the program:  AHSC 230, AHSC 232, AHSC 270. Mature entry students require the prerequisite ENGL 212.

Special note:  CEGEP graduates of Techniques de Loisirs (Dawson College), Special Care Counselling (Vanier College, Lasalle College), Social Services (Dawson College) and Correctional Technology (John Abbott College) may have credits applied to their degrees based on their course of study at CEGEP.  Applicants will be informed of any credits awarded in their Offer of Admission.

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.

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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