Personal Support Worker


PSW Certificate Information Sessions Date is to be announced

The session will last approximately 2 hours, you may need additional time if you are writing the English Assessment.

Students who have the English prerequisite (ENG3C or ENG3U) - please bring your TRANSCRIPTS

Students who do not have the English prerequisite - please be prepared to write an ASSESSMENT

Documents needed to Register: Citizenship, PR Card, or Refugee Status with a valid Study Permit or proof of application for a study permit.  *CALC Settlement Workers are available to assist with the process.

Please bring Photo I.D, a pen, and a pencil.  There is no fee for the assessment.  Please note there is NO PARKING available for visitors.  

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

  • 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

Our students will assist clients of varying ages to meet their basic physical needs under the supervision of registered nursing staff.  PSWs assist clients with personal hygiene, with shopping, meal planning and preparation, with light housekeeping and keeping clients' environment clean, safe and secure.  They also promote client independence, self-esteem, dignity and social integration and assist with medication support for 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)  OR are currently in ENG3C  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. 
  • Documents needed to attend the information session: Citizenship, PR Card or Refugee Status + Study Permit or proof of application for a study permit. Health card, Most recent transcript and Proof of address.
  • 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 three major components to this program:

    • Part 1: In-school courses: Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. for 9 weeks
    • Part 2: In-school courses: Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. for 9 weeks
    • Part 3: Out-of-school co-op placement in a healthcare setting: Monday-Friday; 7:00a.m.- 3:00p.m. for 9 weeks (hours may vary)

    Course Codes, 9 High School Credits will be achieved:

    Part 1 in school theory:        TPJ3C1, TPJ2O1, HHD3O1               

    Part 2 in school theory:        TOJ4C1 (double credit), TPJ4E1

    Part 3 placement portion:     TOJ4CC (double credit), TPJ4ES

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


    #1  Registration Fees, $330 total

    • CALC Student Activity fee ($30)
    • Clinical Supervision fees ($300)

    #2  PSW Program Package $515

          Paid to Synergy Gateway Inc. (inclusive of taxes):

    CALC 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.         

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

#3  Additional costs, approximately $270:  

    • Immunizations, Medical Letter approximately $100.
    • Vulnerable Police Record Check starting at $20  ($85 if finger prints are needed)
    • 2 sets of clinical uniforms, scrubs approximately $100
    • Clinical Shoes, closed toe and heel, non-scuff soles approximately $50. 

    City Adult Learning Centre follows all Vocational Learning Outcome Standards. 

     Graduates are eligible to register as PSWs with the Michener Institute's PSW Registry, University Health Network.