How Much do CSW/EAs Make?

Year 2019                                     Low wage              High wage

Career                                           per hour                  per hour 

Community Support Worker       $18.47                    $21.51

Educational Assistant                   $23.51                    $27.33

Sources: Community Social Service Employers’ Association of BC; BC Public School Employer’s Association.  (Salaries are based on Mission and Abbotsford area.)

Where can I go from here?

Community Support Work is an excellent foundation for teaching, social work, nursing and psychology careers.

What are my Career Options?

  • In schools as an Educational Assistant

  • In community programs and homes as a CSW

  • In mental health programs as a Mental Health Worker


 What will I learn?

In addition to learning the roles and functions of the Community Support Worker, this career program is grounded in a solid understanding of psychology and ethics.

  • assessing and recording;

  • life-skills training techniques

  • program planning and   implementation

  • crisis intervention

  • management and debriefing

  • counseling and communication skills

  • medication and pharmacology

  • planning

  • physical care

The program is designed to enhance students’ competence and confidence in all human interactions.


Is Community Support the career for me?

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career in the social services sector, then Community Support Work is right for you. Community Support Workers and Educational Assistants help support individuals with developmental challenges, mental illnesses and physical disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life. They support people throughout the community, in homes, in schools and in a variety of other settings and programs.


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Program Start Date:

September 2021

Program Length:

42 Weeks


Program Tuition & Costs:

Under 19* - $1123 (Tuition Free)

Over 19 - $8653



  • 18 years of age or older

  • Attend an information session

  • Criminal record check

  • TB test

  • Letter of Commitment



  • BLS First Aid (Basic Life Support)

  • Food Safe

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention


Any new CSW/EA applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be wait-listed.