Certificate in Personal Support Worker

This program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care when assisting individuals with broad-spectrum conditions and health care needs.

You will be focusing on the full range of home and health-related services required by individuals with physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, and chronic and acute illnesses. The skills and knowledge you receive will give you the flexibility to adapt to a variety of settings such as hospitals, homes, schools, community residential agencies, and long-term or chronic care facilities.

You will learn through a hands-on approach facilitated by hospital and community health care-experienced faculty members. Additionally, clinical and community setting learning opportunities will allow you to offer direct care to individuals. You will gain experience caring for persons across their lifespan and learn to effectively communicate and collaborate with members of an interprofessional health care team.

What to expect:

Mode of Delivery

Instructor-led classroom training, Online, Hybrid


42 weeks / 840 Hours


Local $8,850 / Intl $12,800 CAD





Admission Requirements

  • The student has an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent OR is 18 years of age or older on or before the program begins AND can pass a qualifying test (Wonderlic – 11) that has been approved by the Superintendent.
  • Medical Certificate (free of communicable disease with up-to-date immunization status,) TB skin test, and Covid-19 vaccination; Police clearance (vulnerable persons.)

Program Curriculum:

  • PSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Body Systems
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
  • Care Planning, Restorative Care, Documentation, Working in the Community
  • Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Assisting with Medications
  • Cognitive and Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  • Health Conditions
  • Business Communications
  • Career Planning & Development
  • Clinical Placement (Facility)
  • Clinical Placement (Community)

Job Market Potential

Median Income:

$33K+ per annum through salary or contract based on experience, organization, location and duties involved.

Possible Job Titles:

Visual Impairment Assistant, Domestic Housekeeper, Family Caregiver, Home Health Care Worker, Housekeeper, Personal Aide, Personal Assistant, Hospital PSW Worker, Community Services PSW Worker

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