“Having St. Louis PSW’s learning and training with Fairview Seniors Community’s staff and residents means students are getting the kind of real-world and hands-on experience that ensures they are work-ready. We are impressed by the students’ willingness to learn and grow their skills along with their compassionate attitudes for older adults.”

Elaine Shantz, Chief Executive Officer, Fairview Mennonite Community

What’s New?

Interested in our PSW Certificate Training ?

INTAKE SESSIONS for September
FULL-time, PART-time, DAY and EVENING
PLUS TWO Living Classrooms

Monday, May 6, 2024 , 5:00pm (Kitchener Main Campus) FULL

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 5:00pm (Fairview Mennonite Homes, Cambridge) FULL

Monday, May 27, 2024, 10:00am (Kitchener Main Campus)  FULL

Monday, June 3, 2024, 5:00 pm (Kitchener Main Campus)

*Attend only one session & please plan to stay for 3 hours*

Please fill out  Pre-Registration FORM

Why Become a PSW?

Choose a career as a Personal Support Worker!
The St. Louis PSW program will prepare students to provide supportive care to clients of all ages in various settings to improve the client’s quality of life.

We can teach you to become a Personal Support Worker !

  • skill
  • knowledge
  • physical competence

The job also entails having characteristics that you bring with you.

  • compassion
  • dedication
  • gentleness
  • work ethic
  • good communication

Why St. Louis PSW Program?

Professionally recognized PSW Educational Program

St. Louis’ PSW education and certificate program is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, meets all standards put forth by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and is recognized by employers in all sectors of the health care field.

Qualified Instructors

Program is delivered by Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses with solid understanding of best practices and approaches to adult education and skills-based training as well as the latest health safety protocols.

NO Cost

Tuition fees have always been paid from Ministry of Education funding. The government has recently confirmed that they will continue funding additional support to PSW Programs in Ontario School Boards until 2026! 

This means that your tuition portion continues to be FREE, and the materials fees has been WAIVED (textbooks, basic uniforms, additional certificates, and first aid/CPR training are FREE).

International Student Fees apply and study permits are required for anybody who is not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

**Government funds toward a stipend for your hours worked in your clinical placement are still to be confirmed by the student placement facility.**

In order for us to have your tuition portion paid for by the government, consistent attendance is required. If you need assistance covering any other additional fees that are NOT COVERED such as shoes, medical notes, police records checks, child care subsidy, there are numerous social service and employment agencies under Serco Canada who can direct or support you.

Add Secondary School Credits to your transcript

Earn up to 7 elective Secondary School Credits toward high school completion OR to increase your grades on your transcript, a benefit for any future post-secondary pursuits.

No high school diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma – OSSD) required. Up to 7 elective secondary school credits can be earned and added to your high school transcript. If you have not completed your OSSD, or if you completed your education outside of Ontario, please complete a Guidance Information Form to arrange a meeting with Guidance.  Guidance will let you know if these 7 elective credits means you have now completed all your Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements (including 40 hours of community activities).

Extra Certificates as part of the course: Classes include approved Standard First Aid & CPR-BLS, as part of the course curriculum.  Students do not have to complete this additional pre-requisite training before beginning the St. Louis PSW Certificate Program, as this is now part of your in-person, in-class training.

Placement

The Ontario government has committed to continuing the incentive for PSW certificate programs to receive a stipend for work completed during co-op placements. We are waiting on confirmation from the Ontario government whether the 310 hours of placements will be paid or unpaid.

You will Get Hired when you complete the course!

St. Louis’ PSW program has existed since 2001 and each year the employability rate for our certificate program graduates climbs.  Last year 98% of graduates found work as a PSW. It is from this combination of valuable 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.

Course Descriptions and Additional Certificates

Modules:

  • Role of the Worker
  • Safety and Infection Control
  • Interpersonal / Communication Skills and Optimal Support and Care Planning
  • Individuality of the Person
  • Anatomy and Physiology / Assisting a Person to Manage Ongoing Conditions
  • Household Management and Nutrition
  • Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Disorders
  • Developmental Disorders and Developmental Disabilities
  • Abuse, Bullying and Harassment Awareness
  • Assisting a Person with Medications
  • Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
  • Assisting with Mobility
  • Assisting the Family
  • End of Life Care
  • Lab Skills and Practice (60 hours)
  • Job Skills (Resume and Portfolio Building, Interviewing)

Additional Care Certificates:

  • Gentle Persuasive Approach to Dementia Care Certificate
  • Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Certificate
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate
  • WHMIS
  • All classes will now include approved Standard First Aid & CPR-BLS, as part of the course curriculum.  Students do not have to complete this additional pre-requisite training before beginning the St. Louis PSW Certificate Program.

Program Schedule and Locations

In-class theory and lab training totals 460 hours, followed by 310 hours of Long-Term Care (LTC) and Community placements.

See below for full-time and part-time, day and evening options at St. Louis Main Campus plus TWO Living Classroom partner locations with onsite classrooms, labs and more hands-on training.

St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus 

Full-time Day Program (Mon-Fri; 8:45am to 3:30pm)

  • September, 2023 – March, 2024 (except holidays) SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED and working!
  • February, 2024 – November, 2024 (no classes in July or August) – in progress
  • September 2024 – June, 2025 (except holidays and March Break) Registering NOW
  • Onsite child care services are offered in coordination with these hours.

Part-time Day Program (Tues, Wed, Thurs; 8:45am to 3:30pm)

  • September 2023 – June, 2024 (except holidays and March Break) in progress
  • September 2024 – June, 2025 (except holidays and March Break) Registering NOW
  • Onsite child care services are offered in coordination with these hours.

Part-time Evening Program (Tues, Wed, Thurs; 4:30pm to 9:30pm + 1 Monday evening a month)

  • September 2023 – June, 2024 (except holidays and March Break) in progress
  • September 2024 – June, 2025 (except holidays and March Break) Registering NOW
  • No onsite child care services available

***All co-op placement Days and Times will vary***


Fairview Mennonite Homes – 515 Langs Drive, Cambridge

Part-time Day Living Classroom Program – Cambridge (Tues, Wed, Thurs; 8:45am to 3:30pm)

  • September 2023 – June, 2024 (except holidays and March Break) in progress
  • September 2024 – June, 2025 (except holidays and March Break) Registering NOW
  • No onsite child care services available

***All co-op placement Days and Times will vary***

**  NEW  ** Parkwood Mennonite Homes – 726 New Hampshire St, Waterloo

Part-time Day Living C