Human Services Certification and Certificate Program Information

Although certification is not available, a Certificate in Human Services program prepares graduates for careers in community and social services organizations. Look over program requirements and common coursework, in addition to career options, continuing education, salary, and job outlook.

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Essential Information

Students enrolled in a Human Services Certificate program will take courses that emphasize the well-being of clients and the community. A Certificate in Human Services program is typically completed in one year; however, some programs can be completed in eight or nine months. One common prerequisite is possession of a high school diploma or GED, but some schools may require a high school transcript, ACT or COMPASS scores, and an admission interview. Some program fields include case management, interviewing, child neglect and abuse.

Students may be required to complete a practicum in addition to core course requirements. The practicum is typically supervised and provides students with the opportunity to interact with clients of social services in a controlled environment. Some of the topics covered in the Human Services Certificate curricula include human aging, substance abuse and family violence.


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Certificate in Human Services

Program coursework for a Human Services Certificate can vary but generally explores how human services organizations can improve the lives of their clients. Some courses might include:

  • Human Aging
  • Family Addiction and Violence
  • Adults and Legal Rights
  • Physical Aging
  • Dementia

Popular Career Options

Graduates of Certificate Programs in Human Services are eligible for entry-level jobs as assistant community support workers or social services assistants.

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of social and human services assistants is expected to increase by 11% for the period 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). Projected growth is faster than the national average for all other occupations in the U.S. The primary reasons are the increasing numbers of elderly and the demand for more social services programs for the homeless, substance abusers, pregnant teenagers and mentally disabled. The BLS reported that the median annual salary of a human and social services assistant was $30,830 in 2015.

Continuing Education Information

Students who are enrolled in a Human Services Certificate program often transition into an associate's degree program in human and social services. Community colleges that offer both options often allow certificate graduates admission into the associate's degree program based on the certificate GPA and students' career goals.

Earning a certificate in Human Services is an appealing option for students as it can be completed in less than a year and lead to a career as a social and human services assistant, a job field projected to grow by 11% over the next decade.

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