Human Services

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Human Services
  • Grade 12 or equivalent * with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Written verification of a minimum of 50 hours of paid or volunteer work experience, preferably within the last three years, with individuals who are labeled with an intellectual disability. Sites may include group homes and residences; vocational training centres; special education classes; recreation and summer programs for individuals who have intellectual disabilities, or early learning centres working with children who have special needs.
  • Three letters of reference: one from the work or volunteer experience mentioned above, one from an employer, and one personal reference. Friends, family, or relatives may not serve as a reference.
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. (Please keep a copy of your criminal record check for your records.)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Providers
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

*If you do not meet the academic requirements, you can still apply. Contact Admissions about the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES).

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 3,892 $ 4,447
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410 $ 410
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Additional Courses $ 50 $ –
Graduation Fee $ – $ 90
Total $ 4,600 $ 5,195
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,102 $ 3,142
2ndinstallment due January 7 $ 1,498 $ 2,053
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,000 $ 500
Materials/Supplies $ 100 $ 100
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $ – $ 100
Total $ 1,100 $ 700

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Government and private agencies in residential, vocational, and educational settings
  • Preschool, employment, and community support programs
  • Organizations that provide support to individuals who have intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental illness
  • Agencies and organizations that provide services to seniors
  • Individuals or families for the provision of community support, academic and/or social programming, or respite care

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

In the Human Services program, you will develop the knowledge and skills to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their full potential. Learn about various intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and practical skills to assist individuals with disabilities. Courses include  communication skills, personal care, inclusion, person-centered planning, mental illness, personal wellness, and teaching and behavioral strategies.

Holland College and Collège de l’Île have partnered to offer select common courses in English or French in this program. The following courses may be offered in French this year: PSYC-1015  Mental Illness. HSER-2010 Working with families.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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