Addiction and Community Support Worker Diploma Program *new*


1061 Hours/46 Weeks/57 Credits


The Addiction & Community Support Worker Diploma program at MTG Healthcare Academy focuses on the competencies necessary to train students with the skills and expertise needed for a challenging but rewarding profession in this field. Students of this program can learn the skills to work in the community of people that are at risk and helpless as well as homeless persons, children with special needs, Indigenous peoples, pregnant teenagers, people with substance abuse problems and addictions, and many more.

This program is delivered in-class and/or online (through remote “face-to-face” instructor-led classes). It includes 19 courses and a practicum placement so students can achieve valuable work experience before graduation.

The career route for an Addiction & Community Support Worker can be diverse. They are employed by group homes, social service agencies, government agencies, jails, rehabilitation/detoxification centers, shelters, mental health agencies, and other institutions.


Standard Admission

 Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Alberta High School Diploma verified by transcript or Non-Alberta equivalent OR
  2. Successful completion of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2
  3. Successful personal interview with school’s admission officer

Mature Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. Out of school for one (1) year
  3. Successful result of the school’s admission exam (Wonderlic Basic Skills Test, passing mark of 18 as per Wonderlic recommendations)
  4. Successful personal interview with school’s admission officer

Practicum Requirement

  1. Police Clearance (with Vulnerable Sector Check)

English Language Proficiency requirement

Students whose first language is NOT English must demonstrate ONE of the following:

Transcripts showing 3 years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction OR

  1. Transcripts showing one year of post-secondary education where English was the language of instruction OR
  2. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment level 6 OR equivalent (TOFEL, IELTS) 5 OR
  3. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) minimum scholastic level of Verbal Skills (310) OR
  4. Successful completion of a Canadian English Language Arts Course (ex. English 20) OR
  5. Duolingo English Test, minimum grade of 95


Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ACSW 1Intro to Community Support Work3
ACSW 2Case Management2
ACSW 3Advocacy2
ACSW 4Self-Care2
ACSW 5Ethics2
ACSW 6Writing Skills for Community Workers3
ACSW 7Communication3
ACSW 8Behavior Analysis2
ACSW 9Developmental Disabilities3
ACSW 10Domestic Violence3
ACSW 11Pharmacology of Addiction1
ACSW 12Addictions and Mental Health (Psychology)5
ACSW 13Counseling3
ACSW 14Aboriginal Studies2
ACSW 15Child and Youth Development3
ACSW 16Supporting Youth at Risk3
ACSW 17The Family4
ACSW 18Sociology4
ACSW 19Computer Basics2
ACSW 20Practicum5
WORKSHOPSTrauma Informed Care (TIC)0
Job Search Strategies0
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training0
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)0
First Aid & CPR Training0


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