PSW Certificate Program:


Registration for Quad 2 is now Closed 


Pre -registration for Quad 3 will begin on Tuesday December 7th, 2021 at 9 a.m.  Please return to this site at that time and click on the portal link that will be posted.


The prerequisite for this program is ENG3C or higher.  A challenge assessment is available however preference is given to students with the English Prerequisite.  

Interested candidates may wish to apply to CALC's regular Adult Day School Program to upgrade their English, to learn more  Click here                                                                                                      


Returning PSW Students for Quad 2, November 2021

Students who began the program but left and wish to re-enter in Q2, November 2021, should complete this form.  It is only for students who have achieved one or more credits in the program, within a maximum of two years from their point of exit.  Registration is contingent on availability in the program.  Students will be contacted a week prior to the start of class in November  2021. Students wishing to attend part 3, the practicum portion of the program, will need to ensure their Police Record Check and Medical Form is within 6 months of issue.  Returning Students click here  

If you are an employed PSW Student in a Long Term Care facility, and have successfully completed Part 1 and Part 2 of the program at CALC you may apply your employment towards your PSW Certification practicum requirements.  Please see "Returning Student for Quad 2, November 2021" above complete the linked questionnaire. Candidates must agree to allow their teacher/placement nurse to meet with their employer and to be assessed/evaluated on all of the expectations listed in the "Skills Passbook and Record of Learning" throughout the length of the Quad.  Space is limited and other conditions may apply.  


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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    


 Personal Support Worker programs offer through Ontario School Boards: 


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 has been established by CESBA, for School Board Programs in Ontario.  Audit and accreditation are scheduled to start in the spring of 2022, to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.


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, start times and class expectations:

Part 1 in school theory (9 weeks/ 1 quad) :        TPJ3C1 (double credit), TPJ2O1               

Part 2 in school theory (9 weeks/ 1 quad) :        TOJ4C1 (double credit), TPJ4E1

Part 3 placement portion (9 weeks/ 1 quad):      TOJ4CC (double credit), TPJ4ES    

Part 1 Classes begin 4 times a year either in September Quad 1, November Quad 2, February Quad 3 or April Quad 4. The program is delivered over 3 quads or 27 weeks.  CALC is closed for summer break during the month of July or August. 

Classes are delivered from 8:25 am - 3:35 pm daily in the school and PSW Lab. Students must be available to attend in person 

Students completing the placement portion of the program in Long Term Care faciliities follow the nurses' rotation of 7 am - 3 pm however hours may vary.  


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:    (This is a Clinical Supervision fees for students completing their practicum at Long Term Care Facilities)

#2  PSW Program Package:  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 course is to be announced. Listed below is the pricing, and links to the print, eBooks, Clinical Skills, and Student Evolve Resources. As mentioned, the 25% discount with code 70700 applies to the print, and eBook products:

Print book:


Print ISBN



Edition No.

Price CAD

Discounted cost


Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker




 $                    78.74


Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker



$   44.99

 $                    33.74







Edition No.

Retail eBook price CAD

discounted cost


Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker



$   83.99

 $                    62.99


Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker



$   35.99

 $                    26.99


Canadian Clinical Skills: Skills for Personal Support Workers



$    65.99

 $                    65.99


#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. 


The Ministry has advised PSW Program students may be eligible for grant funding to assist them to cover the costs of the program.  A stipend may also be available for students completing the practicum portion of the program.  Details will be posted on our website once they are available, please check here regularly for announcements and updates.  


Registered Practical Nursing Bridging Program for PSW Certified students:

Graduates from CALC’s PSW program are eligible to apply to bridging programs in Community Colleges throughout the province.  For example, as of 2014, graduates from CALC’s PSW program (with a min 3.0 GPA [73-76%]) along with successful completion of ENG4C1 (65% minimum) and MCF3M/MCR3U/MAP4C1 (65% minimum) are eligible to apply to George Brown College’s bridging program in Sept 2022.  Details of this and other opportunities will be discussed with students throughout the program.  Students will be assisted with the application forms when and if needed. 




Should you have any questions not answered please email:  

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