This Board of Governors certificate program is designed to enhance the learner’s skills and knowledge with practical instruction on how to best navigate the many social programs and other regularly encountered issues of everyday life that often impact those who are marginalized and/or live in poverty in our community. The program provides training in advocacy techniques, reviews of current legislation, relevant procedures, bureaucratic systems, appeal tribunals, and other topics necessary to a hands-on understanding of the course subject matter.

The Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc. (CLS), a nonprofit, charitable public legal education organization, designs and delivers the instruction for this certificate program in partnership with the Lambton College Online & Continuing Education department. The instructors are Margaret Capes, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., M.Ad.Ed. (live and online) and Kathryn M. Bullon, B.Sc., J.D. (online).

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes and be out of secondary school for at least one year. Mature applicant testing is available in the Counselling Department. The test(s) will demonstrate equivalency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412.

Note: Students are encouraged to declare their program of choice with the Registrar's Office when registering in their first course. Students must declare their program of choice by the completion of their third course. Applications for this program are not accepted through ontariocolleges.ca.

Employment Opportunities

This program provides graduates with knowledge of acts and legislation that govern community service positions and public agencies for employees and prospective employees in the sector.