How do I Become a House Supervisor?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 12 January 2019
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People who want to become a house supervisor have experience working with a wide range of people, often in difficult circumstances. Youth workers, social workers, and other supportive staff members typically shift toward this type of position after 10 to 15 years of work experience. A house supervisor is someone who lives in a residential community, providing assistance and support to fragile people. The types of residences vary but may include assisted living for the aged, youth group homes, and residential schools.

Positions of responsibility, such as a house supervisor, typically require in-depth background checks for all possible candidates. This includes criminal checks, illegal drug testing, and psychological evaluations. Anyone who wants to become a house supervisor should be aware of the application and testing requirements of the position and be sure they will be able to successfully complete these tests. Many positions have a drug-testing policy and a behavior code that all candidates should be aware of.

The post-secondary training required to become a house supervisor varies widely. Typically, people working with the medically fragile need to have completed at least a one-year program as a personal support worker. Government agencies usually require candidates to have completed training as a social worker or nurse to qualify for these positions.


Relevant work experience is very important in this role. Although education is great, it cannot prepare you for all the challenges you will face once you become a house supervisor. Most firms favor experience over education, and may provide educational assistance to employees to help them achieve the academic credentials required in this type of position.

The house supervisor is ultimately responsible for the care and security of the residents of the home. He or she must be available for extended hours to provide support to the residents, supervise support staff, and resolve issues. This position can be extremely rewarding, but also has a high burnout rate. Many agencies now have relief house supervisors available, so staff can take an extended break or vacation without a reduction in the quality of care provided to residents.

When looking to become a house supervisor, it is important to first determine what type of client you want to work with. Talk with the local social assistance agency to find out if there are any openings for a house supervisor in an intake or emergency shelter. Find out about private agencies that operate group homes or assisted living facilities.



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