Holland College | Human Services - West Prince Campus

Human Services - West Prince Campus

Start Date: January
Length: 2 Years
Location: West Prince Campus
Credential: Diploma, Human Services
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer or a teacher, not from a family member (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR provider (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • 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

Preference will be given to applicants who have work or volunteer experience, preferably within the last three years, in group homes or residences, vocational training centres, special education classes, recreation and summer programs, or early learning centres, working with individuals who have intellectual disabilities.

Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2022-2023. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,101 $ 4,587
Student Union $ 168 $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Additional Courses $ 60 -
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 4,749 $ 5,279
1stinstallment due January 9 $ 3,198 $ 2,668
2ndinstallment due September 5 $ 1,551 $ 2,611
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,000 $ 500
Materials/Supplies $ 100 $ 100
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $ – $ 100
Total $ 1,100 $ 700


Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 9,101 $ 8,987
Student Union $ 172 $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,170 $ 1,170
Additional Courses $ 60 -
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 10,499 $ 10,429
1stinstallment due January 9 $ 8,948 $ 7,818
2ndinstallment due September 5 $ 1,551 $ 2,611
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 develop 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.

The Human Services program was established in 1974 to meet the need for skilled professionals to support people with intellectual disabilities in residential, vocational and educational settings. Since its beginning, graduates have been in demand, and have contributed to the enhancement of services not only for people with disabilities, but also by many people who are marginalized in society. 

The program continues to be highly valued in P.E.I. and throughout the Maritime region. It consistently addresses new and emerging trends in the field of disabilities.

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.

Graduate Testimonial

The human services program has been profoundly transformative personally and professionally. It has taught me the helping skills to assist me in ensuring I always provide client-centred care. It's about working hand in hand with those we support to live their best life and reach their daily and future goals. I have absolutely loved this program!

Laura, Class of 2022


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