Holland College

Human Services

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Program Information

School:Holland College
Faculty:Health and Community Studies
Field of Study:Human Services, General
Description: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-Centred Planning, Mental Illness, Personal Wellness, and Teaching and Behavioural 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.
URL:Human Services at Holland College
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Social and Community Service Workers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have Grade 12 or equivalent * with credits at or above the general level, and Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 65%.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Work Experience
Applicants are required to have 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. Applicants must also have: 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: a Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. (Please keep a copy of your criminal record check for your records.); a Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR trainer; a Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate; and a 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.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on June 05, 2022