Personal Support Worker (PSW)

Ministry Announcement for 2022-23 School Year:
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.

 

Acceptance subject to completion of a literacy requirement and personal interview.

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

Registration

To begin the registration process, you must sign up for an orientation session (below).  The orientation begins with a literacy test.  Following the literacy test, successful candidates will be contacted by the PSW Teacher about an interview.  Please allow 24-48 hours after the completion of the literacy test for results.

Orientation is mandatory less than one year prior to course start date. You MUST complete the orientation process by successfully passing the literacy test and interview.  Successful candidates will be provided with the link for registration and will be required to upload Photo ID (Health Card or Driver Licence), Birth Certificate and/or Permanent Resident or Citizenship Card with the registration.

Orientation Sessions for 2022-2023 School Year

 Ajax Day School Program 
 

January 2023 Program:

Orientation/Literacy Test Dates for

Day Program - Ajax

 

October 5, November 2, December 7, 2022

12:30 - 2:30 pm

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

 

Registration for the October 5 literacy test will be available until October 4 at 12:00 pm.  The literacy test link will be emailed on October 5 at 12:30 pm to the email address provided on the registration form.  You will have until 2:30 pm to complete the test. 

 

Register for the October 5 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:

Literacy Test Registration

 

 

 Oshawa Day School Program 
 

January 2023 Program:

Orientation/Literacy Test for Dates for

Day Program - Oshawa

 

October 5, November 2, December 7, 2022

12:30 - 2:30 pm

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

 

Registration for the October 5 literacy test will be available until October 4 at 12:00 pm.  The literacy test link will be emailed on October 5 at 12:30 pm to the email address provided on the registration form.  You will have until 2:30 pm to complete the test. 

 

Register for the October 5 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:

Literacy Test Registration

 Ajax Part-Time Evening Program 
 

September 2023 Program:

Orientation/Literacy Test Evening Program - Ajax

 

April 20, May 25, June 15, 2023

12:30 - 2:30 pm

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

 

Registration for the part time evening literacy test will be available in March 2023.  Please check back in March to register                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Register for the April 20, 2023 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:

COMING IN APRIL 2023

 

 

 Oshawa Part-Time Evening Program 
 

September 2023 Program:

Orientation Evening Program - Oshawa

 

 

April 19, May 24, June 14, 2023

12:30 - 2:30 pm

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

 

Registration for the part time evening literacy test will be available in March 2023.  Please check back in March to register. 

 

Register for the April 19, 2023 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:

COMING IN APRIL 2023

 

 PSW North (Port Perry) Day Program 
 

November 2022 Program:

Orientation Day

Program - Port  Perry

 

October 5, November 2, 2022 

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Good Shepherd CS - 1650 Reach St. Port Perry

 

Registration for the October 5 literacy test will be available until October 4 at 12:00 pm.  The literacy test link will be emailed on October 5 at 12:30 pm to the email address provided on the registration form.  You will have until 2:30 pm to complete the test.

 

Register for the October 5 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:

 

Literacy Test Registration

 

 

 

 

2022-23 School Year Schedule 

Oshawa Classes

Sessions  Dates Day Times

Semester 1

Sept. 8, 2022 - March 9, 2023

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. (Classroom)
Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm) including weekends
Semester 2 Jan. 9, 2023 - June 28, 2023 Monday to Friday  8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.
(Classroom)
Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm) including weekends

Part-time Evenings

Sept. 7, 2022 - June 21, 2023 Monday & Wednesday

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Classroom)

Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm) 

Ajax Classes  

Sessions  Dates Day Times

Semester 1

Sept. 8, 2022 - March 9, 2023

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.(Classroom)

Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm) including weekends

Semester 2 Jan. 9, 2023 - June 28, 2023 Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.(Classroom)

Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm) including weekends

Part-time Evenings

Sept. 8, 2022 - June 22, 2023 Tuesday & Thursday 

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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

Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm)

Port Perry Classes  

Sessions  Dates Day Times

Semester 1

November 7, 2022 - May 9, 2023

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. (Classroom)

Placement 8 hours/day (am or pm) including weekends

Tuition: FREE for Domestic Students for the 2022-23 School Year
Materials Fee:

              
No cost for the 2022-23 School Year (Domestic Students)

The following fees will be covered for the 2022-23 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/Vulnerable Sector Check*;
  • a minimum score of 80 per cent on the Literacy Test;
  • successful personal interview;
  • proof of Canadian citizenship/permanent residency. 

*For the PSW North program (Port Perry), students must have the clear Criminal Record, Vulnerable Sector check complete prior to the start of the program and must be 6 months recent.

 

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 (IDC3O)

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

The program is for students who have been accepted to the PSW program or who are preparing to write the entrance literacy test. Students will earn one high school credit upon successful completion of this course. Students who are working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma can also meet with a PLAR (Prior Learning and Recognition) assessor as part of the program.

Format: Program will be run online with regular in-person support available.

Registration: Students will receive an invitation to the Pre-PSW program after writing the entrance literacy test with instructions to register.

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