The Social Service Worker program utilizes applied learning combined with strong theoretical training to prepare students for this challenging and rewarding profession.

Students will value the smaller class sizes and personal attention as they are preparing to work in the broad social welfare community. Core curriculum concentrates on developing students' interpersonal relations, communication, presentation and networking skills. Students will also be actively involved in community activities.

This program uses modern technology-based facilities such as Lambton College's Learning Studios, to promote active learning and strengths-based strategies as tools for interactive and flexible learning environments. Learning is further enhanced through group work and community service. Students complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service and will also complete 40 weeks of field work experience (earned over two years) with community-based organizations.

This program demands a special level of maturity and motivation in order to facilitate a successful transition into this challenging field. Students will be expected to commit their personal time to participate in community events and activities.

Please Note: Any applicant entering this program must determine employment entrance criteria set by individual employers and must ensure fulfillment of those criteria. A criminal record could be a serious impediment to field placement and employment.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

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Our graduates have been successful in finding employment working with a variety of populations and in a number of different social service and government agencies. These job opportunities include employment at Lambton County Social Services (Ontario Works), associations for the developmentally disabled, group homes for children and adolescents, women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, seniors facilities, job training/employment counselling and school boards.

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Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be eligible for certification with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Graduates will also be certified in First Aid, CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.