Opt’s Sexual Health Educator Certification program (SHEC) Apply Online

Basic requirements for admission into the SHEC program include all of the following:

  • a related undergraduate degree (with a preference for health sciences or education degrees) or an equivalent combination of education or relevant experience. Those seeking entrance based on equivalency must detail such experience in their application and could be requested to provide further community endorsement. Please note that Opt accepts 1-3 of these types of applicants per cohort.
  • strong skills in speaking, writing, and understanding the English language.
  • completion of a SAR recognized by Opt (such as Opt’s Multi-day CAVE/SAR)

All interested applicants should note that this is a very competitive course with limited enrolment and not all qualified applicants will be accepted. In some cases, further evidence to support an application might be requested.

Application Process

1. Applicants must complete the SHEC online application (link below), where the following documents will also be submitted:

  • CV demonstrating a related undergraduate degree (with a preference for health sciences or education degrees) or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • Letter of intent, including your reasons for applying, education and learning goals
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (including contact information) from past or current employers or supervisors.
  • Criminal Records Check
  • Proof of completion or registration of a SAR (such as Opt's Multi-day CAVE/SAR) within the last five years.

2. Interviews may be performed as part of the application process.

*Application letters should be addressed to the SHEC Advisory Committee at Options for Sexual Health or Opt. (Please note: we are not OPT (with capitals), Options, Options BC or Opts).

Apply Now!  

Applications for the 2017 Spring and Fall cohorts are currently being evaluated. Opt maintains an active wait list for the SHEC program and is always happy to connect with qualified applicants. Please contact shansen@optbc.org to be placed on our wait list.

Those who submit their application to SHEC 2017 before November 30, 2016 will have a $100 discount applied to the total SHEC tuition fee if accepted into the program. It may be possible to accept applicants after the deadline if there are remaining spots available.

Full attendance is mandatory

SHEC 2017 Spring: Vancouver, BC

Module One: May 26-28, 2017
Module Two: June 23-25, 2017
Module Three: July 21-23, 2017
Module Four: August 18-20, 2017
Module Five: September 8-10, 2017

SHEC 2017 Fall: Vancouver, BC

Module One: October 27-29, 2017
Module Two: November 24-26, 2017
Module Three: January 12-14, 2018
Module Four: February 23-25, 2018
Module Five: March 16-18, 2018

Next opportunity for the Multi-day CAVE/SAR (SHEC pre-requisite):

VANCOUVER: April 20-23, 2017 -- Workshop FULL (email shansen@optbc.org for wait-list)

VANCOUVER: September 28-October 1, 2017