Activity Assistant

4 Month Part-time Certificate Program (Online)

This part-time program is designed to provide post-basic training for individuals with previous Health Care Assistant (HCA) training and experience (formerly Home Support/Resident Care Attendant HS/RCA). Graduates will be prepared to work as Activity Assistants in a variety of settings.

Members of the HEU, as defined by their criteria, may be eligible for funding towards the cost of the program tuition, through the FBA Education Fund.

Career Opportunities

The Activity Assistant Program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to plan and implement individual and group activities for older adults in intermediate and extended care facilities and community settings. The graduate is prepared to function under the direction of an appropriate health care professional and to work collaboratively with other team members, families and volunteers.

Program Content

Building on the HCA Program, students will explore the theory and skills necessary to work as an Activity Assistant. Students are introduced to activity as a part of life that influences, and is influenced by, health, age, interests, values, and environment.

The program consists of classroom instruction and practicum experience. Topics include:

  • Framework for the Activity Assistant role
  • Activity for well-being
  • Programming ideas for clients with cognitive impairment
  • Practicum

Course Delivery

Courses are offered on a part-time basis. The theory components are typically scheduled on a weeknight and Saturdays. The practicum components are scheduled on an individual basis, reflecting the requirements of the practicum site and student. The next program will be delivered online with face-to-face practicums on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Efforts will be made to hold practicum placements in your home community wherever possible.

Admission Requirements

  • Current Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/ RCA) Program Certificate from an approved post-secondary institution, or equivalent standing through prior learning assessment; or Proof of completion of the School and Community Support Worker Program (previously Community Support Worker Program)
  • Proof of employment as an HS/RCA within the last 4 years
  • Physically able to perform the role. 

This program is part-time and may be eligible for student loans.

Notes on Admission

Note: The following documents are required by the first day of class:

  • Completed “Immunization Requirement Form”
  • A clear criminal record check
  • Current certification in: CPR “C”
  • Foodsafe Level 1

2021 Important Dates*



Applications Open 

March 1, 2021

Information Session 

Please contact us at with any specific questions, and we will be happy to respond. See Information Session details below. 

Applications Close**

Extended to July 28, 2021. Please contact for application. Paper applications only.

Proof of Admission Requirements - Document Deadline

July 28, 2021

Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due

Within 3 weeks of admission offer

Balance of Tuition Due

August 23, 2021

Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date)

August 23, 2021

Program Start

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Program End

January 27, 2022

* Dates are subject to change

** Late applications may be accepted if there is still room in the program 

2021 Program Fees

All Tuition and Fees are subject to final approvals

  • Program Tuition: $2,710.52
  • Student Union Fees: ~$120
  • Student Activity Fees: ~ $225 
  • Graduation Fee: $55.18
  • Criminal Record Check Fee: $43.00
  • Textbooks:  Approximately $250.00

$350-$1000 bursaries are available each academic year for HEU members, their children, stepchildren and legal guardians, and spouses, including common-law and same-sex partners.

For further information, see HEU Bursaries 

Useful Links

Program Contact

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant

Professional Development & Training (H&HS)


How to Apply

Apply Online or use a paper application for admission.  An application fee is required.

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