The St. Louis Personal Support Worker Certificate is a professional designation recognized across the province of Ontario by employers who manage personal care supports for people of all ages in long-term health care facilities, community settings or while they are living at home.
Choose a career as a Personal Support Worker!
Our program will prepare students to provide supportive care to clients of all ages in various settings to improve the client’s quality of life.
Why take St. Louis’ PSW Program?
Accredited PSW Educational Program
St. Louis’ PSW education program has recently received another 3 year accreditation recognized by the Ontario Community Support Association. The PSW Certificate issued by St. Louis is endorsed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is recognized by employers in all sectors of the health care field.
Qualified Instructional Staff
Program is delivered by Registered Nurses and a registered Physiotherapist (for mobility module), all with solid understanding of best practices and approaches to adult education and skills-based training.
Whether you need your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or are looking to upgrade toward post-secondary options, the St. Louis PSW program includes 6 Secondary School (elective) Credits (SSC) that will be awarded and added to your transcript upon successful completion. It is because of these valuable SSC credits, that we are able to receive Ministry of Education funding to keep the costs low for this training program. In turn, all PSW students (with or without an OSSD) must bring a transcript from their last high school upon registration, so these credits may show as added or upgraded on your transcript. Please see a St. Louis Guidance Counsellor to complete this part of the registration process.
Students pay a $1300 materials fee, which covers textbooks, uniform and additional certificates and professional development opportunities. Tuition fees are paid from Ministry of Education funding.
You will Get Hired!
St. Louis’ PSW program has existed for over 13 years and each year the employability rate for our certificate program graduates climbs. Last year 95% of graduates found work as a PSW; some immediately after their placement experience. It was from these placement experiences, solid lab skills training and intense knowledge base that employers continually choose St. Louis PSW’s to add to their health care teams. “They are compassionate, professional, dedicated, work-ready”
- Strategies for Success
- Interpersonal / Communication Skills and Optimal Support and Care Planning
- Individuality of the Person
- Anatomy and Physiology / Assisting a Person to Manage Ongoing Conditions
- Assisting the Family
- Assisting a Person with Medications
- Household Management and Meal Preparation
- Assisting with Mobility (30 hours taught by a Physiotherapist)
- Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
Additional Care Certificates:
- Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues / Gentle Persuasive Approach to Dementia Care Certificate
- Assisting the Person who is Dying / Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Certificate
In-class theory and lab training totals 490 hours followed by 315 hours of LTC and Community placements. See below for full-time and part-time, day and evening options at two locations!
St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
Full-time Day Program (Mon-Fri; 8:45am to 3:15pm)
- February 2017 – November 2017
- September 2017 – April 2018
Part-time Day Program (Tues, Wed, Thurs; 8:45am to 3:15pm)
- September 2017 – June 2018
Part-time Evening Program (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs; 4:30pm to 9:30pm)
- September 2017 – June 2018
St. Louis – St. Benedict Campus , Cambridge
Full-time Day Program (Mon-Fri; 8:45 to 3:15),
- February 2017 – November 2017
- September 2017 – April 2018
In-person Registration & Interview Required!
Requirements for the intake session are:
- Successfully complete literacy assessment and interview at intake/registration session
- 18 years of age or older
- Provide proof of status in Canada and photo identification
- Must pass and have completed ESL CLB 7 and provide documentation of completion (for LINC/ESL students only)
- $300 non-refundable deposit is payable at registration to ensure student acceptance. Remaining $1000 to be paid in full before the beginning of the program start date.
Upon acceptance into the program the requirements below must be provided on the first day of class for the classroom teacher:
- Must provide a clear Criminal Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector. This means no charges, convictions, even withdrawals or discharges – the Criminal Records Check must be valid for the whole time you are in the course. May be required to provide a second Records Check for co-op. (See Procedure Guidelines for Police Checks – link to be uploaded)
- Must complete CPR- Level HCP (Health Care Provider) / First Aid training
- Mental and Physical health and fitness levels necessary to attend all classes and complete clinical workplace hours (lifting is required
- Medical Assessment document required
- Must be available for days and evenings while doing placements
Students pay a materials fee of $1300 for textbooks, uniforms, additional certificates, etc. Tuition fees are paid from Ministry of Education funding.
Note: $300 non-refundable deposit is payable on acceptance Final $1000 balance due date will be given at intake and information session
No refund will be granted after the applicant has attended the first class
Attend only one PSW Intake/Registration Session*. At this intake session you will receive detailed program information, complete a literacy test and be interviewed by our teaching staff. *Attendance is mandatory and is a condition of acceptance.
NEXT INTAKE / REGISTRATION SESSIONS for September 2017 Start – Come to St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus to register:
- April 3 at 9:00am
- April 18 at 6:00pm
- May 1 at 9:00am
- May 15 at 9:00am
- June 6 at 6:00pm
- June 12 at 9:00am
There is no need to reserve your space for the intake session. Please plan to stay for up to 3 hours.
*Attendance at an Intake/Registration session for Personal Support Worker Training is mandatory. Please be prepared to complete literacy testing and participate in an interview. By doing this at an intake session, we can determine your motivations, capabilities and interests in the program, as well as your future goals. From there, we can help you achieve success. All individuals with some previous health care related employment skills are welcomed, however you do not have to have prior knowledge or experience and you do not have to have a completed high school diploma to be accepted. If you are an uncertified PSW working in the field, please contact us to discuss certification requirements and program enrolment.
St. Louis’ Personal Support Worker Instructional Staff are ALL Registered Nurses, have years of coaching, training and/or adult education experience and many have been with St. Louis for 5 years or more. Time and time again, our PSW graduates have valued their teacher’s approach to education, their expansive knowledge-base with practical experience to share, their model of professionalism and most of all, encouragement to all students to be disciplined and successful during the rigors of this program.
MEET the PSW Team!
- Rozina Bhatia, RN ( Clinical and Co-op Instructor and GPA Coach)
- Colleen Bisson, RN ( Clinical and Co-op Instructor)
- Tammy Cantin, RN ( In-class Instructor and Clinical Instructor)
- Jill Corkery, RN (In-class Instructor, Clinical Instructor and GPA Coach)
- Julie Cummings, RN (Clinical and Co-op Instructor)
- Leanne Cwilewicz, RN (In-class Instructor, Clinical Instructor and Professional Development Instructor)
- Wendy Forler, RN (In-class Instructor, Clinical Instructor and Professional Development Instructor)
- Sarah Kirkup, PT (Mobility module Instructor and Supply Instructor)
- Linda Kondo, RN (Long-term Care and Co-op Coordinator)
- Nicole Lumley, RN (Supply Instructor)
- Patricia Riddell, RN (In-class Instructor, Clinical Instructor and GPA Coach)
- Brenda Shantz, RN (Supply Instructor)
- Leanne Wilson, RN (Supply Instructor)
PSW Program Manager: Lyn Garnett, RN
Admin Assistant: Paula Stilwell
INTAKE DATES for September 2017 start
(Attend only ONE intake/registration session):
April 3 at 9:00am, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
April 18 at 6:00pm, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
May 1 at 9:00am, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
May 15 at 9:00am, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
June 6 at 6:00pm, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
June 12 at 9:00am, St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus
DID YOU KNOW?
St. Louis PSW’s are recognized professionals by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and are a trusted and valuable part of long-term care, community and home-care health team… and now school board support! A survey taken of our November 2016 PSW graduates shows that 96% of St. Louis PSW’s gain employment in their field within the first 4-6 months after graduation — 35% obtained full-time employment almost immediately after completing the course.