Personal Support Worker (PSW)

New Ministry Announcement:
Free Tuition and Stipend for Placement Experience.  No Material Fees.

Paid placement dependent upon meeting program expectations.

Our Personal Support Worker Program is an accredited program.  Learn more by clicking here.

Orientation is mandatory less than one year prior to course start date. You MUST attend one of the following orientation sessions and write the literacy exam. No appointment is necessary. Please bring Photo ID (Health Card or Driver Licence), Birth Certificate and/or Permanent Resident or Citizenship Card.

Acceptance subject to personal interview.

Read more about how to become a personal support worker by clicking here.

Few spaces remain for January Full Time PSW program.  

Call 905-438-0570 for the Oshawa Campus or 905-683-7713 for the Ajax Campus to inquire.

If you are currently working as a Resident Aide or in a Long Term Care facility, you can accelerate your PSW certification in the PSW North program

Orientation Sessions for 2021-2022 School Year

Orientation Day Program - Oshawa

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Oshawa Campus - 850 King St. W., Unit 26

 

January 2022 Program - Now Full - Wait List only:  Orientation/Literacy Dates:
November 3, December 1, 2021 

 

November 3, 2021 Orientation

The November 3 literacy test will be virtual and link will be emailed on the day of orientation.  You will have 2 hours to complete and submit the literacy test back on November 3 by 2:30 pm. 

Click here to register to receive Literacy Test Link on November 3

 You have until November 2 at 12:00 pm to register.


*If 2021-2022 PSW programs reach full enrollment, the Fall orientation sessions may be cancelled. Please check our website for updates.

Orientation Day Program - Ajax

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Ajax Campus - 458 Fairall St., Unit 7

 

January 2022 Program: Orientation/Literacy Dates: 
November 3, December 1 (2021)

 

November 3, 2021 Orientation

The November 3 literacy test will be virtual and link will be emailed on the day of orientation.  You will have 2 hours to complete and submit the literacy test back on November 3 by 2:30 pm. 

Click here to register to receive Literacy Test Link on November 3

 You have until November 2 at 12:00 pm to register.

 

*If 2021-2022 PSW programs reach full enrollment, the Fall orientation sessions may be cancelled. Please check our website for updates.

Orientation Evening Program - Oshawa

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Oshawa Campus - 850 King. St. W., Unit 26

 

 September 2022 Program: Orientation/Literacy Dates

 

April 20, May 18, June 15 (2022)

Orientation Evening Program - Ajax

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Ajax Campus - 458 Fairall St., Unit 7

 

September 2022 Program: Orientation/Literacy Dates 

April 21, May 26, June 9 (2022)

2021-22 School Year Schedule 

Oshawa Classes

Sessions  Dates Code Day Times

Semester 1

Sept. 10, 2021 - February 25, 2022 PSW6D

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. 
Semester 2 Jan. 3, 2022 - June 16, 2022 PSW6E Monday to Friday  8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Part-time Evenings

Sept. 8, 2021 - June 22, 2022 PSW6F Monday & Wednesday

 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Plus 7 Saturdays (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Ajax Classes

Sessions  Dates Code Day Times

Semester 1

Sept. 10, 2021 - February 25, 2022 PSW6D

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. 
Semester 2 Jan. 3, 2022 - June 16, 2022 PSW6E Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Part-time Evenings

Sept. 9, 2021 - June 23, 2022 PSW6F Tuesday & Thursday 

 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Plus 4 Saturdays (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Tuition: FREE for Domestic Students
Materials Fee:

              
No cost for the 2021-22 School Year (Domestic Students)

The following fees will be covered for the 2021-22 school year:
Workshops, First Aid/CPR, name badge and certificates in food handling, feeding, Alzheimer's and GPA. 

Admission Requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • written medical clearance from your doctor;
  • Two Step TB Test;
  • Flu Vaccination;
  • clear Criminal Record/Vulnerability Check;
  • a minimum score of 80 per cent on the Literacy Test;
  • successful personal interview;
  • proof of Canadian citizenship/permanent residency. 

 

Pre-PSW Program

The Pre-PSW program provides opportunities for students to strengthen their literacy skills and prepare for success in the Personal Support Worker Program.  This program is available at both the Ajax and Oshawa locations. 

Step 1: Adult Upgrading

Students register for the PSW literacy preparation through the Adult Upgrading Program.  Adult upgrading is continuous intake.  Visit the Adult Upgrading webpage for details about how to register.

Step 2: Pre-PSW credit course (Ontario Literacy Course - OLC4O)

There are two sessions for the Pre-PSW credit course.  Students can register for either session:

Session 1: April 5 to June 8, 2022 (Monday-Friday, 2.5 hours/day)

Session 2: June 17 to June 30, 2022 (Monday - Saturday, 8 hours/day) 

Student Testimonial

My name is Erin and I’m currently working as a Personal Support Worker as I graduated from the PSW program at Archbishop Anthony Meagher CCEC. Here’s my experience:

I first started out in the Personal Support Worker program at College. I did not like the environment that I was in, so I had resigned.  A year later I decided to take the Personal Support Worker program at the Durham Catholic  District School Board and man, did I ever make a good choice. Despite such a difficult and at times stressful year due to covid, my teacher was with us the whole time, supporting us and ensuring that we were doing our best at all times, which definitely helped the year go by a lot smoother.  To anyone who plans to become a Personal Support Worker in the future and likes an environment with lots of supportive teachers, Principals, and a supportive school overall, I HIGHLY recommend you take the program at Archbishop Anthony Meagher.  Trust me, you won’t regret it! 

Currently, I am very happily working as a Part Time Personal Support Worker in a Long Term Care Home and without the help of my amazing teacher and the amazing staff at the Durham Catholic School Board all year long, this wouldn’t be possible! 

Erin, former PSW student


Continuing Education reserves the right to revise or modify programming due to Covid-19 measures.

For more information, contact the Oshawa Campus at credit.reg@dcdsb.ca or the Ajax Campus at cont.ed@dcdsb.ca