Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate

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

Become a Personal Support Worker

Now is the time to become a Personal Support Worker

Stand out from the crowd

You will stand out from all the other Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduates with seven additional industry certifications and certificates in your program that employers demand in the workplace.

Get hired

Be more attractive in the job market when you can save employers hundreds of dollars! The Personal Support Worker program offers a fast-track, hands-on skills training program with a practicum guaranteed, which can often lead to employment in Ottawa and Arnprior. You can become a qualified Personal Support Worker and enter the in-demand healthcare field in only 32 weeks.

The Personal Support Worker program includes:

  • Willis College Personal Support Worker Certificate
  • National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) PSW Certificate Pin
  • 7 Additional Industry Certifications & Certificates which employers demand including CPR/First Aid, WHMIS, Client Intervention and Support Workshop, Fire Safety, Fall Prevention, Gentle Persuasive Approach, and Food Handlers
  • National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) approved curriculum
  • Classrooms and labs that simulate real-world healthcare settings, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, lifts, and other required equipment
  • Practicum: 8 weeks of clinical work placements in community and/or long-term care facilities
  • Personal assistance for job placement

Is the Personal Support Worker program right for you?

This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who is caring and works well in a team atmosphere and is passionate about helping others
  • A mature student who has previous job experience, looking to enhance and develop new or existing skills that are relevant in 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
  • Someone interested in fast-tracked, hands-on PSW courses.
  • The Practicum Advantage: 8 weeks
  • On the job experience before even you graduate
  • Great networking opportunities for potential hiring after graduation
  • Practical Personal Support Worker skills training and development
  • Work with real clients
  • Possible job references to add to your resume
  • Smooth transition into the job market
  • Willis College will find you a practicum* in this program
  • Many practicum placements lead to employment – some graduates get two job offers during their practicum terms

*Willis College is not responsible for the distribution of the incentives offered by the Province of Ontario
**providing you have met all academic and financial obligations four (4) weeks before commencement of the placement

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:

  • Personal Support Worker
  • Healthcare Aide
  • Personal Aide
  • Long Term Care Aide
  • Patient Care Aide
  • Patient Service Associate
  • Personal Care Attendant – medical
  • Resident Care Aide – medical

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $15.75
High Wage ($/hr) – $21.00
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 3413
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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

  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
  • Assisting with Medications
  • Body Systems
  • Care Planning/Restorative Care/Documentation/Working in the Community
  • Career Management
  • Clinical Placement Community
  • Clinical Placement Facility
  • Cognitive/Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  • CPR First Aid level C
  • Food Safety-Food Handler
  • Fire Safety
  • Gentle Persuasive approach in Dementia Care
  • Health Conditions
  • Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration
  • PSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Veteran Sensitivity Training
My experiences at Willis College have been life-changing. In completing my program, I grew in many ways. My confidence increased and I was amazed at my own capabilities, which I didn’t recognize until coming to Willis. The atmosphere at Willis made me feel like I belonged to a large family; that we were all in it together to succeed. Hats off to the staff of Willis College because they work together as a team and everyone helps everyone. No one falls through the cracks. Thank you Willis College. Sharon Schwartz Willis College

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