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Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are an absolutely vital part of Ontario’s health care system. They provide specialized assistance to people who need help with the tasks of daily living. PSWs offer physical and emotional support to clients in long term care facilities, hospitals, and private homes. 

The work Personal Support Workers do helps people live safer, healthier, more independent lives. They offer families peace of mind, and give comfort to clients who are facing serious health conditions.

About the Program

This 16 week program is designed to teach you how to effectively provide care and assistance to clients and families in order to live fulfilling lives in their communities and in institutions. As a student of this program, you will develop a broad range of abilities emphasizing value, true sensitivity and respect for the individuality of each client. 

Personal Support Workers are currently in high demand in the province of Ontario and the shortage is not going to be filled in the next couple of years. 


University degrees take 4-years to complete, with the job search pressure after you graduate. Fortunately, a Personal Support Worker programs in Ontario only takes a few short months. As a result, you can become a self-employed PSW upon graduation. 


The Fine Print ...

1. The Personal Support Worker training is free of charge.

2. Classes will be held on site, online or a combination of both.

3. Participants must have a minimum Grade 12 Diploma4. 

4, The PSW course is a minimum of 600 hours in length, it does include practical work experience.  However, to work in Long-Term-Care, you need a curriculum that includes a 600 hour minimum.

5. The PSW training program includes a minimum of:

  • 342 hours of theory (classroom)
  • 10 hours of evaluation
  • 280 hours of practicum (work placement)


How Do I Begin?

To become a certified Personal Support Worker in Ontario requires the following steps:

  1. A Provincial Theory Evaluation Exam. This exam is to evaluate critical thinking and aptitude necessary to carry out the scope of work.
  2. Skills Assessment Exam.
  3. Adherence to Professional Code of Conduct and Standards of Practice. 
  4. Vulnerable Sector Screening Check
  5. First-aid and CPR certification
  6. Health Status, Up-to-date  Vaccinations or Hep B Vaccination


Register now and one of our employment counselors will contact you to gather additional information and get you started on your new career pathway.

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