Application Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Transforming Child Protection to Wellbeing

Your online application form should be supported by official transcripts, a personal statement, two reference letters from people who know you professionally or academically, and a detailed resume.

Application form

To apply online, you need to:

  • create a log-in account using your email address
  • list all credit courses and/or programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in
  • pay an application fee

If your application fee(s) are being paid for by a sponsoring organization, contact Student Accounts.

You may check the status of your application at any time after it's submitted.

Official transcripts

Applicants are responsible for submitting official transcripts from current and previous post-secondary (higher education) institutions. The transcripts should cover credit courses and programs.

Transcripts are considered official only if they are submitted to us in the following way:

  • sent to Royal Roads directly by the registrar or recognized authority of the providing institution
  • sealed in the institution's original, unopened envelope (If the envelope has been opened, the transcript is no longer official, and we will require a new official transcript to complete your application.)

International transcripts and credentials will be evaluated to determine the Canadian equivalency.

Personal statement

Your personal statement explains why you believe this program will change your life.

The statement's purpose is to assess your writing skills, as well as your interest and ability to complete the program. Your personal statement should be written in three to four pages.

It must address each of the following questions using each question as a separate heading:

  • Why do you wish to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Transforming Child Protection to Wellbeing program?
  • What academic courses and/or training have you done in the area of child protection and wellbeing?
  • What work experience have you had in the area of child protection and wellbeing?
  • What overseas experience do you bring to the program?
  • How is this program relevant to your career goals?
  • What experience have you had with distance education and self-directed study?
  • What special strengths do you bring to the program?

Reference letters

Provide two reference letters:

  1. one work-related reference
  2. one reference related to academic performance or community service

The format and length of the reference letter can vary. Referees should always indicate:

  • the context in which they know you
  • reasons why they feel you are a suitable candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Transforming Child Protection to Wellbeing program
  • their assessment of your ability to complete graduate-level writing and research
  • how they feel the program will benefit you
  • their understanding of your personal attributes and your ability to model appropriate behavior in the field

In the case of a work-related reference, the letter should also:

  • attest to your performance in the context of current or previous employment
  • address your work in the field of child protection and wellbeing
  • assess your leadership potential


Your resume must include the following:

  • Education - List all post-secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates you have achieved.
  • Training and professional development in the area of child protection and wellbeing - List career-related training and professional development programs completed within the past five years. Include the source of training, and the duration and year completed. List other training and personal development programs not already identified.
  • Volunteer or unpaid work experience - List and describe any volunteer or unpaid post-secondary employment or community service experience. Include the position, name of organization, length of service, and a brief description of duties. Highlight experience related to child protection and wellbeing.
  • Work experience - Include the organization, position, length of service (month and year), and a brief description of duties. Highlight experience related to child protection and wellbeing.
  • Professional memberships and affiliations - List current or past memberships and positions held in professional associations, service clubs, or community organizations.
  • Other relevant information - Provide any other information which you believe is relevant to your application and will help the review committee make a decision.

If applicable

Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.

You may also need to submit:

  • Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts.
  • An official English Language Proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language.
  • Other information or documents may be requested to determine your eligibility.

For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, refer to the document submission guidelines.

Learn more about the admission requirements. For more information about this program or how to apply, connect with an Advisor by email, or call 250.391.2528 or 1.877.778.6227 (toll-free).