Join the Frontlines of Health Care in Ontario

Start your journey towards a rewarding career in the PSW profession.

Why should I become a Personal Support Worker?

To help others live their best lives with dignity and respect

To care for those who cannot care for themselves with empathy and compassion

To ensure that the most vulnerable receive the best care possible

To put a smile on someone’s face and make a real difference in their lives

To give back to the community

To have a rewarding career

Personal Support Workers are an extension of those in their care… they are their eyes, ears, arms, legs… but most importantly, they are their voice.

Can I specialize as a PSW?

Yes! As of now, once you graduate, PSWs across Ontario have been working as specialized PSWs in the following areas of expertise:

Perinatal Support Worker (PNSW)

Specialized PSW

Mental Health and Dementia

Foot Care

Spinal Cord Injury

Stroke Care

Family Care Specialist (FCS)

Palliative Care

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training


Get answers to common questions about becoming a Personal Support Worker.

What is the length and format of Personal Support Worker education programs?

PSW education programs are offered at colleges and district school boards across Ontario and most can be completed in 8 months. Courses are offered in various formats, including part-time, virtual, and accelerated.

Visit the Ministry of Long-Term Care's website for more information on PSW education programs.

What are the entrance requirements for Personal Support Worker education programs?

Each PSW educational program sets their own admissions requirements, which could include courses in addition to a secondary school diploma or equivalent.

What are the vaccine requirements for Personal Support Worker Programs?

Once accepted into a PSW program, you will need up-to-date vaccines for Flu, COVID-19, and Tuberculosis(TB) testing.

What background checks are performed on Personal Support Workers?

You must be able to pass a vulnerable sector check and Police Record Check. You cannot work with the vulnerable sector (seniors, children, special needs) if you do not have a clear criminal history.

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