Home Support Worker

Home Support Worker

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Ottawa Campus
On Campus
Program Length:
32 weeks
Diploma Issued:

Become a Home Support Worker

Careers in this field are dynamic, diverse, and rewarding. Home Support Workers play a vital role in our healthcare industry and job demand is projected to be high for the future. This field is seeing strong employment growth as baby boomers approach retirement and the Canadian population ages. Home Support Workers play a critical role in private residences, acute care facilities, long-term care homes (public and private) and in group living, private, and family-based settings. Our curriculum was developed by the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC). It complies with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLT) guidelines and has been developed in consultation with employers who hire our graduates.

Program highlights

  • Two additional industry certifications which employers demand
  • National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) approved curriculum
  • Clinical work placement in the community
  • Job placement assistance

Is the Home Support Worker program right for you?

This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who is caring, works well in a team atmosphere, and is passionate about helping others
  • A mature student who has previous job experience and is looking to enhance and develop new
    or existing skills that are relevant to today’s job market
  • A recent graduate who wants to specialize in an emerging and in-demand health field
  • Someone who wants to fast-track to a new and exciting career in healthcare

Total program length is
32 weeks
22 instructional weeks, 8 weeks practicum placement
Up to 2 weeks break

Job Market

Successful graduates of this program may pursue a wide variety of interesting and rewarding professions, including:

  • Home Support Worker
  • Healthcare or Personal Aide
  • Long-Term or Patient Care Aide
  • Patient Service Associate
  • Personal Care Attendant – Medical
  • Resident Care Aide – Medical

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $15.75
High Wage ($/hr) – $19.00
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 4411
Source: www.noc.esdc.gc.ca & www.jobbank.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:
Canadian High School diploma or equivalent. Willis College Admission’s Team uses the Wonderlic assessment tool.

For Mature Students:
If you don’t have a High School Diploma, we have admissions options specifically for you depending on which province you are in enrolling. Please contact us to see how our Admissions Team can help you achieve your new career.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.


Able to pass a clear police check including a clear Vulnerable Sector check; a clear medical certificate indicating current immunization and free from communicable diseases; demonstrated fluency in English; completion of a Student Questionnaire to determine suitability for a career as a Personal Support Worker.

Program Outline

  • HSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Body Systems
  • Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
  • Care Planning/Restorative Care/Documentation/ Working in the Community
  • Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Cognitive/Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  • Soft Skills Solutions
When I first started at Willis I was a shy, self-conscious girl… but Willis changed all that! My time at Willis was knowledgeable, fun and most importantly self-rewarding. The PSW program was amazing. I learned so much. All of the staff are absolutely awesome; they looked at you as a person and not just a number filling up a seat. Rachel Goyer Personal Support Worker

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