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This program is for individuals wishing to enter the health care field as Personal Support Workers and provide health care in community settings or long-term care facilities.​​ Our PSW training program has met all professional and educational requirements as outlined by the PSW Educational Program Accreditation Standard. ​​

Benefits of the PSW program:

  • ​​Can be finished in 6 months
  • Qualified teachers with health/science background
  • Earn up to 6.5 secondary school credits​
  • Affordable
  • Earn industry certifications within the program
  • Many employment opportunities
  • Full-time and part-time programs available
  • Qualified institution for RESP use

Learn more about the PSW program purpose and mandate.


 ​Program Length: 

  • 390 hours in-class instruction
  • 330 hours clinical workplace experience (Facility and Community)
  • Approximately six (6) months for the full-time program and twelve (12) months for the part-time program

Program Application Process​:

  • All interested student candidates must attend an information session in person which includes a presentation and PSW Literacy Assessment
  • Information session is 2-3 hours in duration 

Program Fee:

  • $1350 - (subject to change without notice) - includes textbook, PSW certificate, First Aid/CPR, Sensitivity and Disability Awareness Training, Food Safety and Gentle Persuasive Approach certificates, Graduation, PSW pin and administration costs
  • Payable on acceptance to the program

Contact Program Coordinator Anne Hutton:  


Pre-admission Requirements:

All applicants must:

  • Attend an entire information session and successfully complete the PSW Literacy Assessment
  • Interview with the Program Coordinator or Designate
  • If 19 years of age or older, have 17 high school credits with a minimum of Grade 11 Workplace English - provide transcript OR for those that did their schooling in another country, must have high school or post secondary diploma and successfully complete the PSW Literacy Assessment
  • If under 19 years of age, have 24 high school credits with a minimum of Grade 11 Workplace English - provide transcript
  • Provide proof of residency (rental contract, tax bill, utility bill, etc.)
  • Provide proof of Status in Canada (Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, proof of Canadian Citizenship, permanent resident card, refugee claimant or convention refugee status)
  • Provide a reference from an employer, volunteer position or a teacher
  • Provide medical clearance (Medical Functional Abilities form) stating the student is free of any mental or physical conditions that would impair their ability to successfully complete the course
  • Be able to get to and from clinical placement site
  • Provide a clear criminal record check with vulnerable sector screen for clinical placement
  • Possess the following personal attributes:
    • emotional maturity
    • a sincere interest in the dignity and worth of caring for others
    • a sense of responsibility
    • be physically and mentally able to complete the duties of PSW without restrictions
    • the ability to work co-operatively under the direction of other health care professionals​
Is a career in PSW for you? Listen to what one of our students has to say!


Once admitted to the program:

​For clinical placements, the student must adhere to the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Facility and Community placements, including immunizations, therefore;

The student will be required to provide proof of:

  • Negative 2-step mantoux (tuberculosis) test (or clear chest x-ray)

The student is strongly recommended to obtain and provide proof of the following immunizations/vaccines to attend clinical placements:

  • ​Hepatitis B (2 of 3 shots recommended)
  • Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella, and varicella
  • Influenza vaccine (flu shot) (in season) or Tamiflu


You may attend an information session at any of our program locations for any program. Course information session dates and times available in the side panel.​
*For information session information during Covid-19 please contact Anne Hutton directly at

Information Session Locations:

  •  Alliston Learning Centre
  •  Bradford Learning Centre
  •  Barrie Learning Centre
  •  North Simcoe Learning Centre (Penetanguishene)
  •  Orillia Learning Centre

This accredited program includes modules on Work Skills, Individuality of the Person, Role of the Worker, Interpersonal Skills, Providing Optimal Support and Care Planning, Safety, Abuse, Household Support and Meal Planning, Assisting with Mobility, Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene, Assisting the Family, Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues, Assisting a Person to Manage Ongoing Conditions, Assisting a Person with Medications, Assisting the Person who is Dying and two cooperative education placements.