Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does CLSC stand for?

    The Community Leadership and Social Change Diploma

    Who is this program for?

    Do you care about your community and want to make a difference? Are you a community volunteer who enjoys working in a collaborative way with others? Do you want to be a leader in creating social change to create a safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable world? Are you looking for an educational experience that works with your already-busy life? Then this program is for you!

    How did the CLSC come to be?

    The Diploma program started with our Community Capacity Building (CCB) Citation Program. The CCB Citation started in 2007 and over the years, students have expressed a strong desire to continue on in their work to earn a diploma. We are very proud to be offering the only program of its kind in Canada.

    What do you need to take the program?

    1. One of the following:

    • a BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent
    • OR Mature Student status
    • OR completion of the Community Capacity Building Citation Program

    2. For students whose primary language is not English, one of the following:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, computer=220, internet=83,
    • OR English Language Assessment (ELA)=145
    • OR International English Language Testing System=6.5 overall, and no score less than 6
    • OR Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70
    • OR Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56
    • OR Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course

    3. A letter of interest (200-400 words), written by you, that explains the following:

    • why you are interested in this program
    • what your career goals are and how this program will help you achieve them
    • how your experiences have prepared you for success in this program

    4. Successful completion of a pre-application interview with one of the program faculty

    5. Evidence of an active role as a volunteer in the community

    How much does the program cost?

    The cost for your course is based on the number of credits your require. This program is 60 credits. There are also a number of small fees included in the final cost of your program. These include the application fee; registration fee; UPass (for full time students), and student union fees. For more complete and up-to-date information, visit Fees and Finances.

    Can I get any help financially?

    Yes, there are a number of bursaries and loans available. Contact us to find out more information about how to apply.

    I work part-time. Can I take this program?

    Yes. We designed this program to suit people who are also trying to balance work, volunteering and families.  You will not be required to attend a class every day, particularly if you are enrolled part-time.

    If you have flexible hours, work weekends or evenings, and/or work part-time, you will be able to work while you learn!

    I don’t live in North Vancouver. Can I take this program?

    You can definitely take some of our courses off campus and start working towards the diploma from elsewhere in the province. At this time, it is not possible to complete the Diploma without attending some classes at our North Vancouver campus, but we’re working on making it more accessible to students in our other regions

    Two required courses – CCB 100 and CCB 105 – will be offered at a community location in Vancouver on Wednesday evenings. Several other courses will be offered either online or over a few intensive weekends. The remaining required courses will be offered at Capilano University, North Vancouver Campus, during the weekday.  In addition to required community volunteering, two service learning courses provide students with an opportunity to gain credits volunteering in their own community. These courses will include faculty support, coaching and specific thematic seminars, both on and off campus. A Capstone course can also be used to earn credit and undertake a specific community project in your local area. 

    I have kids. Are there any supports for me if I am taking this program?

    Yes, there are. Ask us for more information.

    Can I get credit for other courses I’ve taken and will the work I do here be transferable?

    You may be given credit for electives taken in most Capilano Programs. Some of our diploma courses are transferable to other institutions and we are working hard to make more of them transferable across B.C.!

    When does the program start and when would I graduate?

    Courses start in September and January. There are 60 credits of required courses, which can be taken either full time or part time. Your graduation date will depend on when you started and how many courses you take at any one time.

    What will I learn?

    Courses cover foundation skills, leadership, facilitation, digital tools, research, program planning and management, business writing, and local government administration. There is also a significant “service learning” component, which offers students a chance to explore areas of interest to them while having a positive impact in their community. You can find a list of the required courses here.

    Will I be able to get a job with this Diploma?

    We hope so! We have worked with leaders in our community to develop courses that will provide you with the practical skills, information, and resources to make you the strongest, most effective, most employable community developer you can be.

    In this program you will develop working relationships with staff, management and volunteers in various community organizations in your community. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about how the sector works in BC and network with local community service providers. 

    Successful graduates may find employment as program or volunteer coordinators, fundraisers, settlement workers, health promotion workers, and more. Students will develop a personal pathway to leadership in community development that could involve transferring to a degree program, working in the non-profit sector, being active as leaders in their community or working independently as project consultants. The CLSC Diploma is all about growing your community and your opportunities.

    How do I apply?

    It’s not too complicated, but there are a few steps. Follow these and ask questions if you need to:

    1. Call or email and let us know you’re interested.
    2. Complete your letter of interest and send it to us.
    3. Set up a pre-application interview time.
    4. Once approved, complete your Capilano application form. You can do this in one of three ways:
    5. Complete the online application form:
    6. Complete any necessary financial assistance forms
    7. Register for your CLSC courses
    8. Start coming to classes!

    Is there someone I can talk to, to get more information?

    Yes, definitely! We want to talk to everyone who is thinking about taking the CLSC Diploma, so that we can help you learn if it’s the right program for you. To ask a question or set up an interview, please call Biljana Samardzic at 604-984-1759 or email Surya Govender.