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Certification Program | Offered in Toronto

ABM College offers flexible schedules.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) program will provide the necessary skills required for the personal care of individuals needing temporary or permanent assistance with their daily needs.

PSWs must develop a broad range of abilities. They must provide not only for the comfort, safety and well-being of their clients, but also demonstrate compassion and respect for those in their care.

The Personal Support Worker program prepares students to work with the frail and elderly as well as individuals with physical disabilities. 

This program replaces previous programs for health care aides, home support workers, and attendant/respite workers. It was developed as part of the Ontario government’s plan to reform long-term care and support services.

28 Week program 

CPR and First Aid


Course Outline

1 PSW Foundations
2 Safety and Mobility
3 Body Systems
4 Assisting with Personal Hygiene
5 Abuse and Neglect
6 Household Management, Nutrition, and Hydration
7 Care Planning/ Restorative Care/ Electronic Documentation/ Working in the Community
8 Assisting the Family/ Growth and Development
9 Assisting the Dying Person
10 Assisting with Medications
11 Cognitive/ Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
12 Health Conditions
13 Clinical Placement (Community)
14 Clinical Placement (Facility)

Job Opportunities

  • Personal Support Worker
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Home Support worker
  • Health Care Aid
  • Homemaker
  • Companion

Administration Requirements

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria

  • Grade 12 or Equivalent / Mature Student Status
  • Admission Test
  • Criminal Record Test
  • Medical Certificate and Immunization for Hepatitis B
  • Personal Interview to determine interest, attitude and values

For further information about our Personal Support Worker program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.