Personal Support Worker


PSW Program Mandate
The Yorkdale PSW program is dedicated to providing comprehensive training to the next generation of Personal Support Workers preparing them for careers as contributing members of a multidisciplinary health care team. Yorkdale PSWs will act in a supporting role to provide compassionate and professional care to vulnerable individuals while respecting the rights of the individuals to direct their own care according to their needs, choices and capabilities.
Yorkdale will continue to partner with the healthcare community to ensure we can meet the needs of the employers and those of the clients for whom our graduates will be providing care.





Yorkdale’s Personal Support Worker Program  enables students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this growing health care field. Yorkdale’s PSW program meets Ontario Government standards and prepares students to support clients and their families in their homes and in long-term and other health care facilities.  All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers who are also experienced health care professionals.  Yorkdale follows the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities’ PSW Program Standard

In this 27 week program students can:
  • Earn  9 credits towards your secondary school diploma
  • Earn a Personal Support Worker Certificate
  • Gain real world work experience through a clinical and community co-op placement

Yorkdale’s 27 week Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate Program has two components: Please note hours are non-negotiable

Please note that classes are NOT held over the summer (July and August) 

Part 1: In–school (18 weeks)

  • Monday-Friday, 8:25 a.m. 3:15 p.m.

Part 2: Out-of-school (9 weeks)

  • Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To register in Yorkdale’s Personal Support Worker Certificate Program you must:

  • Be 21 years of age of older.  Under 21 OSSD required.
  • Pass Yorkdale’s English Assessment or have completed a grade 11 college English credit with in the last 5 years at a minimum of 60% or higher

Please note:  This is a competitive program. Having the prerequisite makes you eligible to interview but does not guarantee a spot in the program. 

  • Pass an interview with a Yorkdale staff member (Resume required)

Once accepted into the Program applicants must be able to show proof of:

  • Updated immunization, hepatitis B, flu shot, Step 2 T.B skin test
  • Criminal Reference check

The following is a list of the approximate costs for this tuition free program:

Total approximately $1,200.00.

  • $   330.00        Activity fee and Clinical supervision fee (on Registration)

PSW costs include:

Please note the above approximate costs are not all paid to the school but may be paid to independent service providers.

  • Immunizations, Medical Letter approx $100.
  • Vulnerable Police Record Check starting at $20  ($85 if finger prints are needed)
  • 2 sets of clinical uniforms, scrubs approx $100
  • Clinical Shoes, closed toe and heel, non-scuff soles approx $50.
  • CPR/FA approx $120.
  • Mask fitting approx $50.
  • Food Handling Certificate course approx $75

If we can verify that you are already in possession of one or more of the requirements you will not be required to repurchase it.

A leter outlining the cost of the program will be given upon registration into the program