Algonquin College

Human Services Foundations


Explore the array of human services careers to define your pathway.
The one-year Human Services Foundations Ontario College Certificate allows you to explore career opportunities within human services and prepare for the most appropriate academic and professional pathway for you. Human services supports individuals, families and communities to attain a higher quality of life. As a student, you examine how different human services professionals collaborate to contribute to a better society.
In this program, you develop core skills that are common to all areas of human services such as relationship building, team work and stress management. You increase your own awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion in Canada and how social issues influence human and community development. You develop a strong understanding of client and community needs and the impact that systemic barriers have on marginalizing specific populations. This exploration empowers you to select a population group and industry that you would like to focus on. You develop academic skills and career planning skills to support you through the next stages of your academic study.
This foundational training provides students with an introduction to more advanced human services programs including, but not limited to:

Child and Youth Care
Social Services Worker
Community and Justice Services
Early Childhood Education
Developmental Services Worker
As a graduate, you will qualify to receive transfer credits in related programs for some courses taken in this program. Contact the Program Coordinator to explore specific transfer credit opportunities.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Want to contribute to positive change in their community.
Enjoy working with others.
Have a strong work ethic.
Are open minded and embrace the concepts of diversity and respect.

Program Duration:
1 Year
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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