Personal Support Worker Ontario College Certificate

year Ontario College Certificate

Accreditation: Ontario College Certificate


This program trains students to offer personal care and home management services to clients in community or institutional settings. Personal support workers provide services to clients with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. Learn hands-on in the classroom, on community placements and in the home environment simulation lab equipped with high-end fidelity audio/visual equipment and interactive mannequins. PSWs are highly sought after as health care providers, working collaboratively as part of the health care team or in a supported independent living environment.


  • This program has a hybrid delivery. Theory courses will be delivered online asynchronously with some lab components requiring on-site, in-person lab training.
  • Students have up to 7 years to complete all requirements.

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

CMM125  College Communication I   

PSW185  Professional Issues   

PSW235  Numeracy and Healthy Living   

PSW152  Client, Family & Community 

CLT100  First Peoples of Canada 

PSY200  Lifespan Development 

PSW180  Human Biology for PSWs 

PSW205  Mental Health 

PSW162  Lab I (hybrid online and in-person lab components) 

PSW210  Lab II (in-person lab components) 

PSW230  Clinical 

PSW300  Consolidation  

Most college level courses require textbooks; textbooks are not included in the course fees. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase any required textbooks.

Textbooks are available at the Campus Shop for in class, Contact North, and iLearn/D2L courses. The Campus Shop does not carry most OntarioLearn textbooks. OntarioLearn textbooks can be purchased at

Clinical Placement Documentation

Canadore College has partnered with Synergy Gateway to collect and verify the documentation needed for your clinical placements. Click here to find out more information.

You will also need:

  • TB Testing (Campus Health Centre) - no charge
  • Scrubs (2 sets, burgundy/wine) - apx. $80.00
  • Calculator - apx. $20.00
  • Mask Fit Testing - apx. $25.00
  • CPIC - apx. $45.00
  • First Aid / CPR - apx. $80.00
  • Clearance Card (Campus Health Centre) - $35.00
  • Hep B Immunization - apx. $35.00 each booster (if required)
  • Varicella $85.00 for those born before 2000

Students will also require a Lab Kit.

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes