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AMDSB Personal Support Worker Certification Program in Huron - Perth

Next Session Program Wait List

If you would like to be notified when the next round of applications for the PSW program opens up please fill out this form.
Please note: We do not at this point have funding confirmed to offer a third round of the program but remain hopeful we will receive it. We do not know when the next session will start, but are hoping for August or September 2023.


  • Full Personal Support Worker (PSW) certification program, with on-the-job training, offered as co-operative education (co-op)
  • This program includes the following components:
    • 3 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credits (theory, 330 hours, live virtual or in-person)
    • 3 OSSD credits (co-op, 330 hours)
      • 1 OSSD credit - supervised clinical (110 hours incorporated into 3 theory credit timeline)
      • 2 OSSD credits - community placement (220 hours completed after)
      • will include a placement in a long-term care facility as well as a community placement in a group home, adult day program, community health agency, respite care facility or an assisted living facility

Incentives for participants

  • Registration fee waived (value of $1500)
  • Cost of 2 uniforms, 1 pair of shoes and mandatory tests/documentation reimbursed up to a value of $500, after completion of 8 weeks of the program.
  • Pay available for co-op component (up to $5,115)
  • No high school diploma is required to register or complete this program
  • Credits received can also count towards a high school diploma

Program Information

  Length Approximate Dates Format Location Hours per day Notes

4 credits


1 supervised clinical


31 weeks Nov 7 - June 3

Online (live) 

1 day per week


1 day per week

6 hours of independent work each week


(group 1 and 2)


(group 3)



(group 4)

6 (online days)

6 (in-person days)

Independent work to be completed according to due dates outlined by the instructor

Co-op credit is completed with class and instructor
2 co-op credits 220 hours as scheduled by the student/employer June 13 - Sept 16  

Co-op placements are chosen and organized by the instructor

1 co-op credit must be in a community placement


Co-op placements are likely to include early morning, afternoon and weekend shifts.



Hours and Locations
(Note placement times may change slightly depending on the needs of the program partners)

Group 1 (Stratford)
    • Mondays (online live) - 8:30am-11:30am, 12:00pm-3:00pm (all groups)
    • Wednesdays (in person) - Stratford - Spruce Lodge
    • (Nov 7th - Dec 2nd 8:30am-3:00 pm, Jan 10th - June 3rd 2:00pm-8:30pm)
    • 5 hours of independent work each week
Group 2 (Stratford)
    • Mondays (online live) - 8:30 am-11:30 am, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm (all groups)
    • Friday (in person) - Stratford - Spruce Lodge - 7:00am-1:30pm
    • 5 hours of independent work each week
Group 3 (Goderich)
    • Mondays (online live) - 8:30 am-11:30 am, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm (all groups)
    • Thursdays (in person) - Goderich - Maitland Manor - 6:00am - 12:30pm
    • 5 hours of independent work each week
Group 4 (Zurich)
    • Mondays (online live) - 8:30 am-11:30 am, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm (all groups)
    • Tuesday (in person) - Zurich - Bluewater Rest Home - 6:30am - 1:00pm
    • 5 hours of independent work each week

Timelines and Vacation

First Session (theory/clinical) - Nov 7th - June 3rd

Second Session (co-op placement) - June 13th - Sept 16th (placement can be completed early depending on how many hours worked per week)


  • Dec 24 - Jan 6 (2 weeks) - Christmas Break
  • March 13 - 17 - March Break
  • Monday Feb 20 - Family Day
  • Friday April 7 - Good Friday
  • April 10 - 14 - Easter Break - (Friday Group attends April 14th)
  • May 24 - Victoria Day
  • June 6 - June 10 - Holiday

Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Must have reliable transportation to be able to commute to lab and placement
  • Be able to work early mornings, afternoons, and weekends at co-op placement as required
  • Have reliable access to the internet and a computer 
  • Have a fitness level necessary to perform the duties required of a PSW 
  • Provide copies of all documents requested below
  • All applicants must undergo a literacy assessment and interview and will be notified of final acceptance into the program

Documents Required During Application

  • Proof of residency (must provide one: driver's license, tax  bill, lease agreement, utility bill, etc..)
  • A copy of your secondary school transcript
  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship. If you are a non-Canadian citizen you will need to complete the “Confirmation of Residency and Eligibility Form” at registration. This will be examined by a school board official to verify eligibility
  • If English is not your first language: proof of Canadian Language Benchmark Level

Documents to be Submitted After Registration

  • Clear vulnerable sector check. This screening must include no convictions including pending convictions. Failure to produce a clear VSC will result in being unable to fulfill the requirements of the PSW program due to the inability to secure a placement for clinical and co-op
  • Immunization Record (needs to be completed to show proof of immunity for some placements; blood titers must accompany the immunization record if required by placement)
  • Medical form completed and signed by your doctor
  • Current Two-step TB test (If step one-skin test is positive - you must include a chest x-ray showing report of “no active tuberculosis”
  • Proof of influenza vaccine (vaccine is mandatory for clinical and co-op placements)
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine; Dose 1, Dose 2 and Booster Dose (if eligible)
    (Vaccine is mandatory for clinical and co-op placements)
  • Current resume or a list of jobs you have held including dates

Students are required to purchase the following items before the program starts. Expenses for these items will be reimbursed as outlined below.

  • NAVY blue scrubs - 2 sets are recommended and will be required for clinical, co-op placements, at graduation and at the discretion of your instructor.
  • 1 pair of shoes - closed toe, closed heel, white nursing type shoe or white running shoes. Crocs or shoes with holes are not permitted to be worn on placement or during lab. 

The following are items that students need to pay for upfront, and before the program begins, but which AMDSB will reimburse up to a total of $500 after completion of 8 weeks of the program (with receipts):


Approximate Cost 

Scrub Uniforms (Two)

$40-$90 each

Non-slip white shoes (One)


Doctor’s Note 


TB (Mantoux) test 


Current Vulnerable Sector Screening Check 




Included with Registration

  • Classroom and lab instruction
  • Textbook/workbook (Mosby’s Canadian)
  • First Aid/CPR 
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • GPA Training 
  • St. Peter Feeding Training
  • Mobility Training
  • Safe Food Handling Course
  • Restorative Therapy Training
  • Lab supplies
  • N95 Mask Fit
  • Component of facility rental
  • Equipment/Supplies Purchase, Replacement, and Repair
  • OLTCA Pin (registry list if successful in the course) – presented at graduation


Admission Process

  1. Send an email of interest to [email protected]
  2. Receive information and application package via email.
  3. Fill out and submit the application package according to the instructions.
  4. Wait for notice of moving forward in the application process.
  5. Complete next steps as instructed and await final approval.