For those who are looking to become a Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Ontario, there are many options to fulfill the necessary requirements before you can start working.
There are PSW programs offered by the Community Colleges, Private Career Colleges and there are many other options to become a Personal Support Worker for free.
If you prefer online learning, there are many online PSW programs as well.
Please note that this profession does not fall under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
This means that unlike Nurses, PSW’s are not regulated and no licensure is required.
However, you do have to obtain a certificate/diploma by completing the PSW course.
PSW Program through District School Board
Out of many options to complete this program, one is through a district school board.
Please note that not all Ontario district school boards offer this program.
There are only 24 school boards that collaborate with C.E.S.B.A. to provide such courses.
C.E.S.B.A. is the Ontario Association of Continuing Education of School Board Administrators that works with public and catholic school boards to develop and run programs geared towards skills development, employment, and continuing education.
District school boards in Ontario offer PSW programs through the Ontario Secondary School (OSS) health technology curriculum and under Cooperative Education Guidelines.
Following is the list of Ontario district school board that offers Personal Support Worker programs.
Please click on the name of the school board to get more details.
|Algoma District School Board||644 Albert St E|
Sault Ste Marie, ON
|Phone: (705) 945-7111
Fax: (705) 942-2540
|Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board||151 Dairy Ave|
|Phone: (613) 354-2255
Fax: (613) 354-0351
|Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario||Box 2222 2755 43 Hwy|
|Phone: (613) 258-7757
Fax: (613) 258-5067
|Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario|
|2445 Saint-Laurent boulevard|
|Phone: (613) 742-8960
Fax: (613) 747-3810
|District School Board of Niagara||191 Carlton St|
St Catharines, ON
|Phone: (905) 641-1550
Fax: (905) 685-8511
|Durham District School Board||400 Taunton Rd E|
|Phone: (905) 666-5500
Fax: (905) 666-6474
|Grand Erie District School Board||349 Erie Ave|
|Phone: (519) 756-6301
Fax: (519) 756-9181
|Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board||Box 2012 90 Mulberry St|
|Phone: (905) 525-2930
Fax: (905) 525-1724
|Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board||87 Mill Street (3927 Perth Rd 180), P.O. Box 70 Dublin, ON N0K 1E0||Phone: (519) 345-2440;
|Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board||Box 7190 1994 Fisher Dr|
|Phone: (705) 742-9773
Fax: (705) 742-7801
|Lambton Kent District School Board||Box 2091 200 Wellington St|
|Phone: (519) 336-1500
Fax: (519) 336-0992
|Limestone District School Board||Postal Bag 610 220 Portsmouth Ave|
|Phone: (613) 544-6920
Fax: (613) 544-6804
|Niagara Catholic District School Board||427 Rice Rd|
|Phone: (905) 735-0240
Fax: (905) 734-8828
|Ottawa-Carleton District School Board||133 Greenbank Rd|
|Phone: (613) 721-1820
Fax: (613) 820-6968
|Simcoe County District School Board||1170 26 Highway|
|Phone: (705) 728-7570
Fax: (705) 728-2265
|Thames Valley District School Board||Box 5888 1250 Dundas St E|
|Phone: (519) 452-2000
Fax: (519) 452-2395
|Toronto District School Board - City Adult Learning Centre||344 Bloor Street West, Suite 405|
|Phone: (416) 961-4013
Fax: (416) 961-8138
|Toronto District School Board||344 Bloor Street West, Suite 405|
|Phone: (416) 961-4013
Fax: (416) 961-8138
|Upper Canada District School Board||Bag Service1120 225 Central Ave W|
|Phone: (613) 342-0371
Fax: (613) 342-0277
|Waterloo Catholic District School Board||A Box 91116 35 Weber Street|
|Phone: (519) 578-3660
Fax: (519) 578-5291
|York Region District School Board||60 Wellington St W|
|Phone: (416) 969-7170
Fax: (905) 727-1931
Other Options to Complete The PSW Course
As mentioned above, Community and private career colleges also offer PSW diploma and certificate programs.
Please click here to find out which public community colleges and here to find out which private colleges offer Personal Support Worker Diploma programs.
Programs offered by these colleges may vary in program length, curricula, and method of delivery.
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Arleen Whyte says
I am inquiring about PSW program through the Toronto school board, I live in Scarborough and would like some information on which school provide through the area or outlining area. I would greatly appreciate some information. Thanks
Arleen, Toronto District School Board offers PSW program through the City Adult Learning Centre (CALC).
This course is approximately 7 months long.
For more information, please click here.
Let us know if you decide to pursue your course through CALC or elsewhere.
Melvin John Osian says
I am International Educated and Registered Nurse I am having difficulties in finding a job as PSW. Regardless that I am on the process of application of my RN and RPN to CNO. I have the result that I am capable to take exam for RPN but still waiting to get my slots in my bridging program. Anyways my concern was most of companies that I applied are looking for PSW Certificate how to get it and equivalency of it with my degree. Also I got my experience in caring for almost 5+ years for elderly.
Deborah Chukwuezi says
i am new intake i live in ottawa i read social work first and second degree i will like to study psw in any government recognised school in ottawa
Any information about PSW program in part-time?
bob dornan says
Can an International student study to be a PSW in a district school board?