Personal Support Worker Continuing Education

Continuing education is generally a learning activity, course or certificate program that is required to be completed by PSWs This is sometimes required by the employer as part of the ministry regulations.

Another important benefit of taking continuing education courses is that interviewers usually ask if you have completed such education. This is one of the most commonly asked questions during a Personal Support Worker job interview.


PSWs can complete their continuing education through two places:
1. Workplace/employer, and
2. Online

Most of the times, employers offer continuing education courses. They are sometimes made mandatory by the employer and have to be completed by certain deadlines kept by the employer.

For those PSW’s who work through employment agencies or whose employers do not offer such courses, have the option of taking these courses online.

These courses may have a small fee or can be completely free.

One of the website that offers these courses free of cost is the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety. Click here to access their website.

// ]]>One of the courses that are related to PSWs and is offered by this website free of cost is Violence in Workplace: Awareness.
Check out the following video that guides you on how to access, complete and print out the acknowledgment for this course.

Another course offered by this website is Pandemic Awareness.

Check out the following video that guides you on how to access, complete and print out the acknowledgment for this course.

Other courses that are not offered on this website but are considered towards continuing education for PSWs are:
1. Abuse and Neglect: Fundamental for Canada,
2. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for Canada,
3. Residents Right for Canada,
4. Emergencies and Disasters: What you need to know for Canada,
5. Fire Safety,
6. Creating a Fine Dining Experience, and
7. Preventing Workplace Violence


Apart from doing short-term certificate courses to bolster your PSW resume, you can also take the path of Nursing.

PSW’s can continue their education to become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Registered Nurse (RN) or a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Options are many.

Explore this article to learn more about upgrading to these options.

Do you know of any more courses that count towards continuing education for PSW’s?
Do you know of any additional sources to complete such courses?

If you do, please share in the comments section below.

Resources you’ll need to become a Personal Support Worker

On this page, you can find anything there is to know about how to become a PSW, how to succeed as one, and how to continue your education. This is the place to come to and look for all the PSW resources and information that you may need on your journey as a PSW.

PSW job interview questions

If you’re determined to pass your next PSW interview with flying colors, we’re here to help. PSWHQ have put together a thorough online guide with PSW interview questions and appropriate sample answers to these questions that hit the target, and are concise and supportive.

Performing well in the interview is just one part of many others needed to secure a PSW Job. First and foremost, you’ll need to have an impeccable résumé and cover letter in order to be called for an interview. 

Guide to finding PSW jobs

After you have decided to become a PSW and completed the course you are now at a point to start looking for work. It is important that you explore all the jobs listed under different job titles, which is why you should go through our ultimate guide to finding PSW jobs.


We also help you find PSW job postings from hospitals, long-term care homes, and community and private settings. 

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1. What do you learn as a support worker?

If you enrolled in a personal support worker program, you will learn how to provide emotional to people with physical disabilities and mental health challenges and provide emergency first aid procedures and practical support to individuals who need it. This includes helping them with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and cooking, as well as providing emotional support during difficult times. You also learn about the different types of disabilities and how to best support people who have them.

2. What qualities make a good PSW?

There are a few key qualities that make a good PSW. They should be patient, compassionate, maintain collaborative working relationships, have positive and safe behaviour and be reliable. They should also be able to handle difficult situations and be able to work with a variety of people.

3. What are the main duties and responsibilities of personal support worker?

PSWs provide assistance to clients who are elderly, disabled, or ill in their homes and in the community. They may help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and grooming, or with instrumental activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping. They may also provide transportation, companionship, and emotional support.

4. Is being a support worker hard?

There is no easy answer to this question. It depends on the person and what they consider to be hard. For some, it may be difficult to deal with the emotional stress of working with people who are going through a tough time. Others may find the work physically demanding. Overall, it is a challenging but rewarding profession.

5. What’s the difference between care worker and support worker?

There is a lot of overlap between the personal support worker role and a health care worker role, but there are some key differences. Generally speaking, care workers provide personal care to clients, while support workers provide practical and emotional support. Support workers may also be responsible for tasks such as housekeeping, budgeting, and managing appointments. Care workers usually have more training in healthcare and nutrition, while support workers may have more training in counselling and social work.

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  1. Hi ,
    I need courses for both ,do both are free or give payment .I am interested for PSW and RPN
    I have back home study completed RPN
    ( General nursing and midwifery course).please let me know ,which is the best for me
    And I need job for nursing field.

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