Social Pedagogic Worker

Level 3

The Profession

The Social Pedagogical Worker performs a wide range of tasks related to helping people to live as independently as possible, whether in a residential or daycare facility. The caregiver works with children, adults, the elderly, and people with disabilities, providing support in different areas of their lives. Being a good Social Pedagogical Worker requires a little knowledge in sociology, psychology, education, and other areas.

Course:Social Pedagogic Worker
Duration:3 years
Study load:4800 hours
Times:Morning | Afternoon | Evening
Age:From 16 years old | Adults
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Level of professional practice


As a professional, you will receive instructions from your supervisor, and during the course of your employment at this level, you will be required to report to your supervisor. You will also work independently and in a team with colleagues and are expected to solve problems and deal with a wide range of situations on a daily basis.


The Social Pedagogical Worker works according to routines, standard procedures, and combinations of (standard) procedures. The tasks vary from basic to complex, depending on the context of the problem at hand.
Skills you will learn
Some of the skills you will learn in the Social Pedagogical Worker program include recognizing various legal organizations, applying safety rules and regulations, writing reports, and planning activities.
Job requirements
  • Accuracy
  • Resourcefulness
  • Flexibility
  • Self-reliance
  • A helpful attitude
  • Affinity with care
  • Result-oriented work attitude
  • An analytical and conceptual intellect
  • Oral and written command of English
  • Ability to function in as a team member
Career opportunities
The field of social pedagogical work is very broad. With a diploma in social pedagogical work, a student can find jobs in places like institutions for the mentally and physically challenged, daycare centers and afterschool programs, nursing homes, and hospitals, among others. As a Social Pedagogical Worker you may gain the opportunity to work in a number of departments, including children's wards, and supervision work for people at home (which in itself presents a wide range of possibilities).
Course practical training
This program consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.
Level 3 schedule
Year 3Classes + Internship
Classes + Internship
Year 2Classes + Internship
Classes + Internship
Year 1Classes + Internship
Level 3 info

Level of program:

Level 3 Professional.

Transitional options:

NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next. This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year. Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.
There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates. In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 3 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 4 course.


This course requires a PKL, TKL, or a SBO level 2 diploma. The student could also have made it to HAVO 3 or equivalent to enter this course.

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  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
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  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
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