Start September! 

Full-time, Part-time, Days and Evenings

Intake/ Registration Dates and Registration Locations:

LAST CHANCE to register for Kitchener or Cambridge Campus programs

  • Monday, August 26, 9:00am Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St., Kitchener
  • Tuesday, Aug 27, 10:00am 150 Main Street – information session ONLY – no intake at this location.


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 recent PSW graduates shows that 98% of St. Louis PSW’s gain employment in their field within the first 4-6 months after graduation — 40% obtained full-time employment almost immediately after completing the course.

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.

Becoming a Personal Support Worker takes skill, knowledge, physical competence – we teach these. The job also entails having compassion, dedication, gentleness, work ethic — characteristics that you bring with you.  Together, we will help you shape a rewarding career for yourself.

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?

Professionally recognized PSW Educational Program

St. Louis’ PSW education and certificate program is endorsed by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and 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.

Low Cost

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 14 years and each year the  employability rate for our certificate program graduates climbs.  Last year 98% 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”


  • Role of the Worker
  • 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 Meal Preparation
  • Safety and Infection Control
  • Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues
  • Abuse
  • Assisting a Person with Medications
  • Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
  • Assisting with Mobility (30 hours taught by a Physiotherapist)
  • Assisting the Person who is Dying
  • Assisting the Family
  • 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

In-class theory and lab training totals 497 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 3:30pm)

  • February 2019 – November 2019 (in progress)
  • September 2019 – March 2020 (register Apr 23)

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

  • September 2018 – June 2019 (in progress)
  • September 2019 – June 2020 (register Apr 23)

Part-time Evening Program (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs; 4:30pm to 9:30pm)

  • September 2018 – June 2019 (in progress)
  • September 2019 – June 2020 (register Apr 23)

Hilltop Manor – Cambridge 

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

  • September 2018 – June 2019 (in progress)
  • September 2019 – June 2020 (register Apr 23)

In-person Registration & Interview Required!

Requirements for the intake session are:

  1. Successfully complete literacy assessment and interview at intake/registration session
  2. 18 years of age or older (or 17 with an OSSD) – no OSSD required, and up to 8 credits can be earned
  3. Provide proof of status in Canada and photo identification
  4. Must pass and have completed ESL CLB 7 and provide documentation of completion (for LINC/ESL students only)
  5. $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:

  1. 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)
  2. Copy of your transcript from the last high school or adult and continuing education centre you attended
  3. Must complete CPR- Level HCP (Health Care Provider) / First Aid training
  4. Mental and Physical health and fitness levels necessary to attend all classes and complete clinical workplace hours (lifting is required
  5. Medical Assessment document required
  6. 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.

Start September! 

  • Full-time, Part-time, Days and Evenings

    Intake/ Registration Dates and Registration Locations:

    (Note: Attend only one PSW registration/ intake session at any convenient location, regardless of program location preference)

 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 enrollment.

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!

  • Sukhi Basra, RN (Supply Instructor)
  • Rozina Bhatia, RN ( GPA Coach)
  • Colleen Bisson, RN ( Clinical and Co-op Instructor and GPA Coach)
  • Jill Corkery, RN (In-class Instructor, Clinical Instructor and GPA Coach – on leave)
  • Julie Cummings, RN (Clinical and Co-op Instructor)
  • Wendy Forler, RN (In-class Instructor and Clinical Instructor)
  • Sarah Kirkup, PT (Mobility module Instructor and Supply Instructor)
  • Linda Kondo, RN (Long-term Care and Co-op Coordinator)
  • Melanie Moran (Supply Instructor)
  • Patricia Riddell, RN (In-class Instructor, Clinical Instructor and GPA Coach)
  • Leanne Wilson, RN (Supply Instructor)

PSW Program Manager: Tammy Cantin, RN

Admin Assistant: Tracy Zhou

For more information contact: stlouis@wcdsb.ca or 519-745-1201 ext. 288