PSW Certificate Program:

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New Quad 2 - PSW Students starting in November 2020.

Registration in now closed for Quad 1, September start.  Please check this site regularly for updates and for registration information for the next program starting in November 2020.

Returning PSW Students 

Students who began the program in the 2019/2020 school year but were unable to complete it may now apply to re-enter in Quad 1, September 2020. 

Employed PSW students applying for "Recognition and Advanced Standing" of their work towards their PSW Certification should also complete the questionnaire for

Returning PSW Students click here

Note:  Students requiring an updated Police Record Check will be reimbursed the cost of $20.  Please bring the original PRC and a copy of the receipt to the main office on our return to school.

Transcripts are incomplete for students attending practicum placement in April, May and June, 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Measures are in place for completion, once restrictions have been lifted

Quad 1 2020 Accepted New and Returning Students

Classes will start on Thursday September 17th, 2020.  Your teachers will be contacting you shortly, thank you for your patience.





 Personal Support Worker programs offer through Ontario School Boards: 

The Personal Support Worker Program is for students who:

  • 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,
  • Promote self-esteem, dignity and social interaction 
  • Aid clients of varying ages with basic physical needs and personal hygiene 
  • Assist with shopping, meal planning and preparation 
  • Assist with light housekeeping and keeping clients' environment clean, safe and secure.  
  • Contribute to client independence, self-esteem, dignity and social integration
  • Assist with medication support for clients’ families    


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  


Our Program is accredited and follows all the PSW Vocational Learning Outcomes, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and Guidelines of the Ministry of Long Term Care:

  • Individuality, Role and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assisting the Family
  • Safety, Abuse and Assisting a Person with Mobility
  • Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues
  • Household Management and Meal Preparation
  • Managing Ongoing Conditions
  • Providing Optimal Support and Care Planning
  • Assisting With Medications
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Assisting a Person who is Dying


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
  • Be granted 9 credits towards your secondary school diploma:

Program Codes:

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    *Transcripts are incomplete for students attending practicum placement in April, May and June, 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Measures are in place for completion, once restrictions have been lifted.


Prerequisites for PSW Program:

  • Be 21 years old or older at the time of application.  Students 18 to 20 years may be considered but will need their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • Successful virtual and in-school English Assessment  (or having a credit of ENG3C, English 11 College or highter)
  • Successful interview with a CALC staff member prior to practicum placement.
  • A police reference check for the vulnerable sector and immunizations are required.  The application process starts in class and is guided by the teacher.
  • Status in Canada Documents: Citizenship Card, Birth Certificate, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant or PR Card or Convention Refugee Status + Study Permit or proof of application for a study permit. (CALC Settlement Workers are available to assist students) Health card, Most recent transcript and Proof of address. 


There are three major components to this program:

Part 1: Theory courses: Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.  3:20 p.m. for 9 weeks

Part 2: Theory 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)


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

#1  Registration Fees, $330 total:   Student Activity fee ($30) Clinical Supervision fees ($300)

#2  PSW Program Package $515 total:  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.

  • Textbook (Mosbys Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker) + accompanying Workbook
  • Toronto Public Health Food Handling Certificate
  • N 95 Respiratory Mask Fit Testing documentation
  • Dementia Training and Alzheimer's Workshop Certificate
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention Prevention
  • CPR level HCP and Emergency First Aid Certificate
  • Palliative Care Workshop Certificates
  • Physiotherapy & back safety & review: total 20 hour certificate workshop
  • Speech language pathologist feeding certification

#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. 


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