Social Work Technician Profile

Social work technicians are regulated health paraprofessionals who respond to the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities across New Brunswick. They look at how family, community, legal, social, spiritual, and economic influences impact well-being and work to address any barriers that may exist, by supporting social workers to identify people who need help and then work with those people to improve their situations.

You’ll find social work technicians in various settings, helping New Brunswickers with various issues and situations. Being a social work technician is more than a job: It’s a way of helping others, often in the face of difficult and stressful situations. People aspiring to become social work technicians like to help others and are typically patient, empathetic, resourceful, mature, and have good judgment.


Education Requirements

A diploma from a recognized social work technician program is required to become a social work technician. The following New Brunswick colleges offer programs to become a social work technician: 

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) 

The Social Service Community Worker Program to become a social work technician is available at the following campuses:

  • NBCC Fredericton Campus
  • NBCC Miramichi Campus
  • NBCC Moncton Campus
  • NBCC Saint John Campus

Collège Communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick (CCNB)

  • CCNB Campbellton Campus
  • CCNB Dieppe Campus

Social Work Pathways

Social work technician students can apply to the following universities to obtain their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in 2 years,  thanks to the the bridging programs in place with the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC):

  • University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNB-SJ)
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI)
  • Cape Breton University (CBU)

An agreement with the College communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) and Université de Moncton (UDeM) is being developed.

Become a Member While You Study 

Students of recognized social work technician programs are encouraged to register as student members during their social work technician studies.


Become a Social Work Technician

Once all necessary credits are obtained, recognized social work technician program graduates can apply to be practicing members of the NBASW to have the right to practice as social work technicians and begin their careers!