Activity Assistant

4 Month Part-time Certificate Program

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.

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:

  • A 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 classroom component is typically scheduled on a weeknight and Saturdays. The practicum component is scheduled on an individual basis, reflecting the requirements of the practicum site and student. The next program will be delivered at the Nanaimo Campus.

Admission Requirements:

Admission Requirements:

º 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)

º Proof of employment as an HS/RCA within the last 4 years;

º 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:

º Completed “Immunization Requirement Form”;

º A clear criminal record check;

º Current certification in: CPR “C”;

º Foodsafe Level 1;


2020 Important Dates*:

Applications Open 

March 16, 2020

Information Session 

Please contact Deirdre Godwin at with any specific questions, and she will be happy to respond. 

Applications Close**

August 24, 2020

Proof of Admission Requirements - Document Deadline

September 4, 2020

Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due

Within 3 weeks of admission offer

Balance of Tuition Due

September 10, 2020

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

September 10, 2020

Program Start

October 17, 2020

Program End

February 25, 2021

* Dates are subject to change

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

2020 Program Fees:

All Tuition and Fees are subject to final approvals

Program Tuition: ~ $2,700.00

Student Union Fees: ~$120

Student Activity Fees: ~ $225 

Graduation Fee: $53.10

Criminal Record Check Fee: $43.00

Textbooks:  Approximately $250.00

Program Contact:

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant

Professional Development & Training (H&HS)

Phone: 250-740-6322


How to Apply:

APPLY ONLINE or use a paper application for admission.  An application fee is required.

revised March 30, 2020

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