Personal Support Worker

Now taking applications for the January 2022 PSW Term

Our next program open for registration will be run from January 2022 to June 2022. Registration for the Spring 2022 program is now open.  Email for more information.

The government of Ontario is providing program funding and placement stipend for the spring 2022 program. A $500 refundable deposit is required. Please email today.

The Personal Support Worker, or PSW, is a caregiver who works under the direction of a supervisor (e.g.  Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse) and may be employed in long-term care homes, private residences or community-based settings.

Personal Support Workers (PSW) strive to promote well-being and independence among the individuals or families they support who require assistance with personal care needs. Clients may include seniors and individuals of any age who are mentally or physically challenged.

You can earn $16 to $23/hour as a certified PSW. If your schedule is flexible, employment is guaranteed. We have an 90% employment rate for our students.


Program Information

The Personal Support Worker Program is a cooperative education program which includes 330 hours of classroom theory and 330 hours of on-the-job training in agencies that employ Personal Support Workers.

A clinical placement offers work experience in a long-term care home. A community placement involves work experience in an assisted living facility, an independent living facility, a group home, an adult day program, a hospice, a respite care facility for children, a community health agency, or a school.

Candidates are eligible to earn six senior credits toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma as well as successful students are certified as a qualified Personal Support Worker.

Admission Requirements and Entrance Criteria

To apply to the Personal Support Worker Program, you must:

  • Attend one or more interviews
  • Have a minimum of Grade 9 Math

  • Have a minimum of Grade 9 Science (applied or academic level)

  • Have a minimum of Grade 11 English (can be college or university level, if you are an ESL student, you must complete Benchmark 7 in all areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and a Grade 10 English credit course prior to completing Grade 11 English

  • Complete a brief personal interview with the Department Head or a PSW teacher

  • Provide at least two reference forms from a past employer, supervisor, volunteer coordinator, or former teacher (these forms are provided with the application)

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Show proof of Canadian citizenship in the form of a Birth Certificate, Passport, Citizenship card or Immigration Papers

  • Be able to travel to and from placements

  • Have a fitness level necessary to complete assigned duties (lifting is required). A complete Medical Review Record must be signed by your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner and submitted by the due date specified. The Medical Review Record form will be given out with the application.
  • Produce a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check by the due date specified
  • In addition to the above, you must possess the following personal attributes:

    • Emotional maturity
    • A sincere interest in helping others
    • A sense of responsibility
    • The ability to work cooperatively under the direction of other health care workers


Please email us to begin the registration process.  Please include a copy of your transcript or educational documents with your request.  We will contact you within 2 business days and determine next steps.


Interviews will be scheduled after full registration package has been received.

Program Schedule

The PSW Program is approximately 5 months in length (terms are August to January and January to June).

Classes run:  Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

*Hours for Clinical placement (in long-term care homes) and community placement (in community-based settings) are site specific and can be anytime between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight and will include weekends.* The school arranges all placements.

Program Costs

This year, the Government of Ontario is providing funding for PSW program fees.  There is a $500 deposit required, which will be refunded upon completion of the program and which may be eligible for OntarioWorks subsidy.


In previous years, the Specialized Programming Fee for was $1,750.00.

This is a substantially lower cost than other training providers.

All fees must be paid in full before the first day of classes. Please be advised that there are no refunds (full or partial). The Specialized Programming Fee covers the cost of the following items:

  • Lab and materials fee
  • Textbook and workbook
  • 2 uniforms and 2 School crests
  • Identification badge
  • Standard First Aid and Level C Healthcare Provider CPR/AED training
  • Mask fit testing
  • WHMIS training
  • Alzheimer Information Series/U-First Certificate
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate
  • Gentle Persuasive Approaches Certificate
  • Resume and Cover Letter writing and Interview skills workshop
  • Home Support Exercise Program Certificate
  • Resume and Cover Letter writing workshop
  • PSW certificate and composite photo

Students accepted into the program will be required to supply other items not included in the Specialized Programming Fee.

Graduation Certificate

Graduates will receive a Personal Support Worker certificate and transcript once all fees are paid and all course and placement requirements are completed.

Employment References

Graduates may obtain an employment reference, by contacting the Assistant for PSW, Apprenticeship, Co-op and Guidance at 519-452-2000 ext. 69730.

In Person (Monday to Friday):
  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Student Services Office, Room M247, G. A. Wheable Centre, 70 Jacqueline Street, London ON

Phone: 519-452-2000 extension 69730

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