PSW Certificate Program:


Pre-registration for Quad 4 is now open!   Please Click Here

It will close once the program is at capacity.  

Program information can be found by watching the short film below and reading through the page below.  


The prerequisite for this program is ENG3C or higher.  

Interested candidates may wish to attend the regular program to upgrade their English or acquire the prerequisite.  A challenge assessment is available however preference is given to students with the English Prerequisite.  



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Returning PSW Students for Quad 4

Students who began the program but left and wish to re-enter in Q4, on April 21, 2021, should complete this form.  It is only for students who already have one or more credits in the program. Returning Students click here   Students will be contacted in April 2021. 


Recognition and Advanced Standing

Employed PSW students may apply their work toward their PSW Certification practicum requirements.  Employed PSW Students click here

Certification requirements for Employed CALC PSW Students are:

  • Successful completion of the theory portion of the program, 540 classroom hours.
  • Employment as a PSW with evidence for a minimum of 300 hours of work.
  • Successful completion of all clinical expectations listed in the Skills Book, must be signed off by a registered nurse at the employment site and verified.
  • Successful demonstration of clinical skills to a CALC nurse/teacher either in the workplace or in a simulation provided at our lab at CALC.



 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 Health 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 was last accredited by PEPA (Personal Support Worker Educational Program Accreditation) and is funded through the Ministry of Education and adheres to the PSW Standards Guidelines from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.  Our graduates are registered with the Michener Institute, University Health Network, PSW Registry of Ontario which was established through the MHLTC, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  In March of 2020, the registry closed.  A new accrediting body is being established for School Board Programs in Ontario and should be announced shortly. 


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 (9 weeks) :        TPJ3C1, TPJ2O1, HHD3O1               

Part 2 in school theory (9 weeks) :        TOJ4C1 (double credit), TPJ4E1

Part 3 placement portion (9 weeks):      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.

*** Please note theory classes may be delivered online exclusively until safe to return to the school and PSW Lab ***


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.
  • An Ontario Secondary School English credit, ENG3C, English grade 11, College level or higher.  Candidates submitting a successful English Assessment may also be considered however priority is given to those with the English prerequisite.
  • Completion of the mandatory online PSW pre-registration application and submission of the mandatory online English Assess/PSW Interview questionnaire (dates for this assessment are offered on the pre-registration application form).


Required prior to completion of the PSW Program:

  • Successful interview with a CALC staff member and/or a Community Long Term Care Facility supervisor, 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, $300 total:    Clinical Supervision fees ($300)

#2  PSW Program Package:  Please note that students may purchase from a provider of their choice.


#3  Additional costs, approximately $325:  

  • Food Handlers Certificate, approximately $55.
  • 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. 

Should you have any questions not answered please email:  

In the subject line put PSW and the essence of your question.