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Free PSW Course or Options with Minimal Fees

There are many organizations that provide or assist with free PSW course. Despite being “free”, there may be some minimal fee involved for books, First aid courses etc.

Each organization that provides such courses has their own eligibility criteria. Additionally, there may also be an entrance test for the program.


Catholic District School Board

Program cost – less than $1000

Orientation is mandatory and a literacy exam must be taken prior to registration.

Criminal record check and other medical requirements must also be fulfilled.

For more information, call the Oshawa Campus at 905.438.0570 or the Ajax Campus at 905.683.7713

Click here to visit their website.


Thames Valley District School Board

Program cost: $1000

Information session must be attended and meet other prerequisites.

For more information, call the Thames Valley District School Board at 452-2660, ext. 69730.

Find out more by visiting their website.



Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto

Free Dementia Care training for PSW’s in Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Continuing education is a vital part of healthcare professions and PSW’s are no exception. Many avenues exist to attend free workshops, conferences and take courses.

One such organization is the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto. They offer free PSW training for further professional development of Personal Support Workers.

Visit the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto to get more information.


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  • Genera arciento June 8, 2015, 7:04 pm

    Hi im genera arciento 29 years old ..i just want to ask about the psw because i want to study ..i graduated as a caregiver back home philippines i just want to know the requirements and the tuition fee..i want to know if i am eligible to study the psw ..thanks..

    • Avtar June 25, 2015, 6:13 am

      Genera, thanks for your comment.
      Two major outlets for completing your PSW diploma are the public and private colleges. Between them, there are significant differences in terms of cost and duration of the program.
      Click here to learn more about the cost and duration of completing this course at a college in Ontario.

  • James July 3, 2015, 4:19 pm

    Hi, I a registered nurse in the Philippines and I wanted to know if there are schools or training centers in Oakville Ontario that offers PSW training/classes? I am currently working and if maybe they offer flexible schedules for their classes so that I can work and have classes during my free time.
    Thank you.

  • Tse April 21, 2016, 11:28 pm

    Hi, I have moved to Toronto with a RN liscense (associates degree) from NYC. I would like to start as psw to set my foot into healthcare n eventually do my rpn. Do I still need to take the courses?