Personal Support Worker

Northern College Funded Training Programs

Personal Support Worker


About this Training Program

PSW’s work under the supervision of a regulated health professional, supervisor, or in the supported independent living environment under the direction of the client. They provide clearly identified personal care, routine activities of daily living and home management services, by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures.

Workers providing long term care and support services form the backbone of both community and facility services. They are often the people with whom clients/consumers have the most contact and with whom they develop close relationships. The attitude and approach of workers and their abilities are critical to the well-being, comfort, safety and health of the people they support.

This program was developed as part of the Ontario provincial government’s plan to reform long term care and support services provided to people living at home and in long term care facilities. The Personal Support Worker Program is a two semester program consisting of theory and clinical practice in both institutional and community settings.

Part-time and full-time delivery options are available.

Cost: Free
2 Semesters
Intake Date(s): March 2022, September 2022                 

Pre-requisites (may include but not be limited to):

  • Future Focused: Work and Job Readiness
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, M, U)
  • Or equivalent
  • Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program).

Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program and must demonstrate equivalency with admission English requirements. Contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Important Information
Students who do not comply with the immunization requirements will not be allowed into the practice settings and as such may not be able to complete the Practicum required to graduate from the program. CPR re-certification, criminal reference checks and immunization updates are required annually.

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker programs in order to be permitted to attend clinical hours.

Delivery and Important Information

Face to face and virtual delivery, depending on the particular course. Clinical/Practical must be done face to face.

Pathways to Success and Career Opportunities

Student will be able to work as a certified PSW in the Health Care Sector.

Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Haileybury

Type of Course or Program
Ontario College Certificate Program

• 18 or older, resident of Ontario, legally entitled to work in Canada
• Unemployed or precariously employed
Must be fully vaccinated

For more information, please contact:
705-235-3211 x 7231