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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Hyflex / Full-time


Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Duration

3 Semesters

Program Contacts

Melanie Piirainen

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6837
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Cut through the confusion and guide people to the support they need.

Life can be confusing when you need help with health care or community services. A navigator is an effective listener who understands how individuals and families can access complex services like health care, developmental and educational institutions, law and justice systems, mental health and addiction agencies, women’s centres, and social welfare systems, guiding people to the care they need. 
Give yourself a competitive edge in the workforce by gaining an in-depth knowledge of resources across the province. Whether you’re a helping professional or new to the field, you’ll interact with a variety of professionals and rapidly build industry connections in this rewarding pursuit. From assessments and care plans to advocacy and motivational interviewing, you’ll train to be a pillar of support that can help people work through barriers and transform their lives

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Online (HyFlex) delivery lets you study full-time or part-time with the option to attend classes on campus, online, or a combination of both 
  • Full-time and part-time study options 
  • No background in a helping profession required 
  • One-on-one support from the program coordinator 
  • 6-week field placement or capstone project in semester 3 


Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.
  • The applicant’s prior education does not have to be from a helping related profession.


  • Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all post-secondary transcripts must still be submitted).

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • Cambrian College accepts the TOEFL, or IELTS, or equivalent test to satisfy our English admission requirements.

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
HEA 1029Health and Wellness3
COM 1003Interpersonal Communication3
SYS 1006Navigator Fundamentals3
SYS 1005Navigating Systems of Care3
HEA 1023Social Determinants of Health3
Semester 2
CAT 1000Advocacy and Ethics3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions3
GER 2310Dementia3
IND 1062Indigenous Perspectives on Care3
SYS 1008Systems of Care Application3
HEA 1306Professional Development3
Semester 3
WPL 1300

or HEA 2500
Placement 1

or Capstone Project
 Total Credits39

Part-Time Students

Part-time students will be provided with a personalized pathway to complete this program in consultation with the program coordinator.

Transfer Credits

Students with degrees in related fields may be eligible for transfer credits. Connect with the program coordinator to see if you can receive credit for some of your courses.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$8,792.72Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$21,245.32Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Community Services

Discover the profound difference you can make in the lives of others when you follow the rewarding and noble path provided by Cambrian’s School of Community Services. Community Services programs prepare you to address social and community needs, support child and family welfare, navigate support systems and become a powerful force for positive change.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates of this one-year graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue positions in a wide range of areas including:

  • Community agencies
  • Mental health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Family health teams 
  • Educational settings
  • Health care agencies​
  • Long-term care homes 
  • Addictions agencies
  • Social welfare agencies 
  • Law and justice agencies
  • Developmental service agencies
  • Private agencies
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

See where you'll be learning!

Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

Have Questions?
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