British Columbia is investing in its communities, and you can help.
Bring your life experience and natural talent for building connections, add education from experts and training in the field, and you can be part of the solution.
CDI College’s Addictions and Community Services Worker program will prepare you for a rewarding career in a stable field. After less than a year of schooling you’ll be ready to set up and manage community programs, work one-on-one with clients, nurture mental health, manage crises, counsel, support and improve connections in your community.
The Government of Canada describes the employment outlook for social and community service workers as good, particularly in the Lower Mainland. That means communities and social service groups are hiring, and they’re looking for you.
With a wide range of opportunities, you can pursue a path that suits your passions —work with children or the elderly, build bridges with Indigenous communities or other cultural groups, support people living with disabilities or help those with addictions find a healthy path forward. The choice is yours.
4 Reasons to love the CDI College program
- Graduate in under a year: CDI College offers accelerated programs, which means you can learn the skills you need and start working sooner. The Addictions and Community Services Worker program is just 51 weeks, and includes hands-on experience in the community.
- Earn industry certifications: When you graduate from the Addictions and Community Services Worker program at CDI College you’ll have more than just your diploma. You’ll also have valuable certifications including First Aid Level One and CPR, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI). The program is approved by the internationally recognized Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF), which means graduates of CDI College’s program meet the formal training component required to sit the CACCF certification exam.
- Gain: All of CDI College’s instructors have years of experience in the field, and your training includes an eight-week practicum placement in a community services or addictions services setting. Start building your career before you graduate, and enhance your education with on-the-job experiences.
- Learn: The Addictions and Community Services Worker program includes online and on-campus learning, as well as field trips, industry-related projects and hands-on experience to help you absorb information in a variety of ways. Learn communication fundamentals and special skills to work with youth, families, and high-risk populations, and also job-related skills like report writing and strategies for career success.
Classes are starting soon! CDI College offers rolling intakes throughout the year, and there are no wait lists for the program. Start when you’re ready, by visiting cdicollege.ca or calling 1-800-889-1712.