Centre of Continuing Studies
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entrance requirements for the Applied Counselling Skills program?
To be successful in this program, Senior 4 (Grade 12) is recommended. If you do not meet admission requirements, you may still be considered under our Special Admissions policy. Applicants will be at least 18 years of age at the time of registration. You must have a clean criminal and child abuse record. To ensure success in the program, we will also require you to have prior experience (minimum of 70 hours) in a helping field (ex: caring for children, the elderly, direct care for adults, etc).
What is the application process for the Applied Counselling Skills program?
Please submit an application package to the Centre of Continuing Studies office containing:
- Two Personal Letters of References 1
- Current Criminal Records Check 2
- Current Child Abuse Registry Check 3
- Application Essay, which should include:
1. Why you would like to take the Applied Counselling Skills program,
2. What population/cliental you would be interested in working with, and
3. Where you see yourself 5 years from now.
Applications will be reviewed by our Program Coordinator.
One work-related reference letter and one character reference letter. It can be obtained at the City Police (residents of Brandon) or RCMP (non-residents). There is a 2-week waiting period and the cost is $10. It can be done online at www.gov.mb.ca for $10. There is a 5 week waiting period.
*Note: criminal record & child abuse record checks need to be submitted prior to registration.
How will I know whether I got accepted into the program or not?
All applicants to the program will receive a letter, whether successful or not. For those who meet the entrance requirements and wish to enter the program, they will be required to make payment for the first two courses. Once in the program, students will register for individual courses before the start date. Additional screening may occur, if required.
On-going screening: A meeting will be held following the second course to discuss any student issues that have arisen and decisions as to suitability will be made at this time.
What is the length of this program?
The Applied Counselling Skills program is a two-year program, with courses being offered in the evenings only.
What are the start dates for the Applied Counselling Skills Program?
This program has September intakes only.
What is the cost for the program?
The tuition fee for the two-year program is $3,881.
Students will be required to register for the first two courses once accepted into the prorgam. Remaining courses can be registered and paid for individually (registration due date is 10 days before the course start date).
Can I get funded for the program?
For sponsorship and funding information, please contact the Financial Aid & Awards Office, Debbie Smith at 204.725.8700 ext. 6020 or email at smithd2178@Assiniboine.net
When are the courses offered?
The program is offered on a part-time basis and all courses are offered in the evenings, usually twice a week.
Do I have to pay for the entire program at once?
No. If you get accepted into the program, you will be required to pay for the first two courses. After this, you will have to register and pay one course at a time before the start date of each course.
What are the employment prospects once I have completed this program?
Opportunities for employment are expanding as society’s need for self-growth and self-awareness of individuals and groups increases. Graduates will find a broad range of entry level employment opportunities in areas such as family services, health care organizations, youth-service organizations, educational services, care-giving and other similar community service organizations. The certificate program is not designed to provide you with a professional counselling qualification, thus you will not be qualified to act as a professional counsellor.
The program will train you as a para-professional, skilled helper and/or support worker in a counselling related field. Employment opportunities exist mainly for support role staff rather than professional areas. Examples of employment opportunity would be as a counsellor and intake/support staff or teacher and Education Assistant.
Some of the employment roles that our graduates have obtained include:
- Teacher Assistant
- Counsellor – educational, crisis, domestic violence, etc.
- Student Advisor
- Youth Worker
- Case Worker
- Support Facilitator
- Intake Worker
Statistics from the ACC Grad Survey (2010) show:
- 87.5% of students found employment after graduation
- 62.5% were full-time employees
- 12.5% continued on with their education
- 87.5% were satisfied with the quality of education
Salary range: $16 - $32 per hour
Can I transfer the credits from this program to another institution?
The Red River College and the University of the North offer the same program to students and therefore students are able to transfer their credits to/from those institutions. The Parkland campus in Dauphin also offers the same program. Any transfer request from other institutions will be evaluated by our Program Coordinator.
Can the credits from other institutions be transferred to this program?
Students who would like to have their credits transferred to a different college or university must check with the other institution for acceptance of the credits on a course-by-course basis. Assiniboine Community College is not responsible for the acceptance of credit by other institutions; the acceptance decision is made by the other institution.
What if my Criminal Record Check/Child Abuse Registry Check is not clear?
The initial application process requires you to have a clear criminal record and child abuse registry, regardless of the charges – therefore you would not be accepted into the program. Also, practicum agencies do not accept students who have had a charge and this could represent a future problem when seeking employment.