Personal Support Worker


Upper Grand DSB PSW Program

Personal support workers (PSWs) play a vital role in the healthcare industry, working in private homes or healthcare facilities to help provide patient care and comfort. They make an enormous difference in the lives of patients and their families.

The Ontario government estimates that up to 24,000 new PSWs will be needed by 2026.

Program Location: Tytler Centre for Continuing Education (131 Ontario Street, Guelph)

PWS Poster

Length: September – June, 38 weeks, 25 hrs/week

Program Accreditation and Standards: The Upper Grand DSB PSW is accredited as having met all professional educational requirements

Curriculum: Area of study include anatomy, physiology, mobility, safety, hygiene, abuse, household management, care planning, cognition, mental health, managing ongoing conditions, assisting with medications, palliative care, interpersonal skills and career education

Clinical Practice: Students will complete 330 clinical hours.

Instructional Staff: Our instructor holds Ontario teaching and professional nursing qualifications and clinical instructors are registered with the College of Nurses.

Job Success Rate: 85% job placements at private and public long-term care facilities and community care agencies result in employment

Wage Range: $19.00 – $25.00 per hour

Benefits: PSW certification, CPR and First Aid Certification; Gentle Persuasive Approach Certificate (GPA®) in Dementia Care; marketing skills; employer contacts; work experience; OSSD credits if required

Program Fees 

Course Tuition Fee: $1400.00 includes CPR and First Aid Certification, GPA 

Course Materials Fee: $350 includes materials and books  


How do I apply?

We are accepting registrations for information sessions for the 2024-2025 school year. Attendance at an information session is mandatory for program registration.

Information sessions are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, March 21st @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28th @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 15th @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14th @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 29th @ 5:00 p.m.

Register here for one of the above sessions.

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss this opportunity to start your PSW career!

Prerequisites for the PSW Program:

  • Students under 19 require an OSSD
  • Adequate English literacy level (CLB6)
  • Physician’s clearance for physical and mental wellness
  • Acceptable Volunteer Vulnerable Sector Clearance Report
  • Up-to-date immunization

Further questions? Contact us.