Personal Support Worker



We encourage you to view the following short, informative video regarding Personal Support Worker programs offer through Ontario School Boards:



Mission and Value Statements 

Grounded in the TDSB Vision of Hope, CALC’s PSW Program will enable all students to reach exceptional levels of achievement and to acquire the knowledge skills and values they need to become responsible members of the health care and broader community

We value:

Each student

Partnership between staff and students

The individuality and uniqueness that every student brings to the school community

Learning environments that are respectful, safe and equity- oriented

Input from all stakeholders

Commitment and skills of staff


The Personal Support Worker Program at City Adult Learning Centre strives to provide a high-quality interactive learning environment for life-long learners. Students in this program are socialized into their role as health care professionals who upon graduation will contribute to the quality of life of individuals and families in a variety of health care and home settings and their broader community.

We are genuinely interested in working with the broader community in order to ensure that our program meets employers' needs. Our stakeholders include current and former PSW students, educators, health professionals, representatives from the public, and people who use the services of PSW.


Why should you take this program? If you:

  • want to make a difference in people’s lives
  • dream of joining the growing field of healthcare workers
  • want a dynamic career taking care of, and empowering, people of all ages
  • enjoy seeing people increase their independence, self-esteem, dignity and social interaction under your care
  • want to earn credits towards your secondary school diploma


As a Personal Support Worker, you will:

  • assist clients of varying ages to meet their basic physical needs under the supervision of registered nursing staff
  • assist clients with personal hygiene
  • assist with shopping, meal planning and preparation
  • assist with light housekeeping and keeping client environment clean, safe and secure
  • promote client independence, self-esteem, dignity and social integration
  • assist with medication
  • support clients’ families 


CALC’s PSW Program enables you to fulfill your dream. In just 27 weeks, you can:

  • earn a Personal Support Worker Certificate
  • acquire the skills and knowledge to work as a personal support worker
  • gain practical experience in a healthcare environment
  • earn at least 9 credits towards your secondary school diploma 

Prerequisites for PSW Program:

  • you must be 21 or older at the time of application OR 18-20 with OSSD
  • have completed ENG3C (English 11 College) with at least 60% OR are currently in ENG3C with midterm at least 60% OR successful completion of CALC Assessment
  • successful interview with a CALC staff member
  • A police reference check for the vulnerable sector and immunizations will be required by the time of placements and are mandatory for success in this program. The application process starts in class and is guided by the teacher.  

As a Personal Support Worker, you may work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • private homes
  • nursing homes
  • homes for older adults
  • hospices and hospitals
  • community centres
  • public school system
  • group homes
  • day care settings for the elderly 

There are two major components to this program:

  • Part 1: In-school courses: Monday-Friday; 8:15 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. for 18 weeks
  • Part 2: Out-of-school co-op placement in a healthcare setting: Monday-Friday; 7:00a.m.-2:00p.m. for 9 weeks (hours can vary)

Program Costs are divided into 3 parts and are as follows:


#1  CALC Registration Fees, $330 total

  • Activity fee ($30)
  • Clinical Supervision Fees ($300)


#2  PSW Program Package $625 (inclusive of taxes, payable to ProMask Fit):

CALC in collaboration with ProMask Fit has created a very cost effective package that is consistent with certification requirements.  Please note that students may purchase from a provider of their choice however individual courses/items are typically much higher.

  • 1 Mobb Uniform of any colour with CALC logo (patch or embroidered)
  • N 95 Respiratory Mask Fit Testing
  • Toronto Public Health Food Handling
  • Dementia Training with Gentle Persuasion Approach Certificate or U-First
  • Non-violent crisis intervention prevention
  • First aid and CPR level HCP
  • Palliative care
  • 1 white lab coat
  • Textbook (Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker)
  • Physiotherapy & back safety & review: total 20 hour certificate workshop
  • Speech language pathologist feeding certification
  • Oral hygiene lectures
  • Alzheimer's workshop
  • Diabetes workshop and certificate


#3  Additional costs, approximately $170:

  • Immunizations, Medical Letter approximately $100.
  • Vulnerable Police Record Check starting at $20  ($85 if finger prints are needed)

Clinical Shoes, closed toe and heel, non-scuff soles approximately $50. City Adult Learning Centre is accredited under the PSW Educational Program Accreditation.