Personal Support Worker

Join a rapidly growing industry with high employment opportunities as an essential healthcare worker in just 31 weeks.

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Program Outline

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About The Program

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate program provides graduates with an entryway into the growing Canadian healthcare industry which is experiencing unprecedented government investment, including a recently announced temporary wage increase and a $5,000 Return of Service incentive for PSWs that commit to 6 months in a Long Term Care facility or In-Home Care and Community Care agency.

Career Opportunities

As a PSW, there is flexibility when it comes to choosing your path in the industry. Although a majority of these professionals work for private and not-for-profit home care agencies, others are employed by nursing homes and hospitals. There is also the option to be your own boss and work self-employed.



Employers Who Have Hired triOS Grads

  • Paramed Home Health Care
  • Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Revera Home Health
  • Von Canada
  • Chartwell Retirement Residence
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Responsive Group

*Note that some career options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.


99 %

Employment Rate*

$ 18

Average Wage/HR**

$ 26

High Wage/HR**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 4412, 3413 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated on Dec. 15, 2019.

Program Details

Do you want to start your career in the growing healthcare industry? Are you passionate about helping people care for their emotional and physical well-being? If so, the Personal Support Worker program at triOS College will set you up for a successful future.

A Personal Support Worker (PSW) provides assistance in routine living activities such as: mobility, personal care and hygiene, ongoing medical conditions, and the management of household activities. As a trained PSW, you may look after patients in a home, hospital, and/or long-term care facility.

The Personal Support Worker program delivers strong administrative and clinical skills and knowledge, the skills necessary to implement theories on topics such as cognitive and mental health issues and brain injuries, and the know-how to assist with patients’ medications. The completion of the in-class courses is followed by a 12-week clinical placement where you’ll get hands-on experience in the field.

Students enrolled in this program will receive:

  • Clinical work placement in a community and long-term care facility.
  • National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) curriculum that maps to the Ontario provincial-approved training standard.
  • Classrooms that simulate real-world healthcare setting, including hospital beds, wheelchairs and other required equipment.
  • Software subscriptions for Microsoft Office and Windows included in the tuition fee.
Course Listings
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Management
Our Career Management program introduces students to the strategies and components of an effective job search, including self-marketing and awareness, skills inventory, job search tools and the job market. The Career Management course is delivered by our on-campus Career Services Team who are there throughout the job search to assist and mentor students towards achieving their ultimate goal of employment in their field of study. Our Team of Career Services Professionals maintain relationships in their communities with key employers and organizations that recognize the value triOS graduates have to offer. The skills learned throughout Career Management at triOS will continue to serve students in their job search as they navigate their new careers.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. CPR and First Aid
Upon successful completion of this course, students will achieve the St. John's Ambulance Standard Level First Aid and Level C CPR.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. PSW Foundations
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
This course stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note- and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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– High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Outline at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant)
– Completion of a Technical Literacy Examination to determine fluency in English
– Clear Police Check including a Vulnerable Sector check
– Up-to-date medical certificate indicating current immunization and free from communicable diseases

Career Quiz

Take a quick and easy quiz to find out more about yourself, your goals, and identify your strengths and social style. This quiz gives you suggestions for what career areas you might consider based on your likes and preferences. Give it a try now!

Sean’s experience with remote learning

Going into the program, I really didn’t have any expectations. I had no idea that we would be sitting in essentially a virtual classroom. I didn’t know that we would have an actual live teacher. I am grateful that they decided to have an actual teacher. It made my experience much more like a classroom than an individual isolated learning experience

Sean R.


Success Stories

The Personal Support Worker program helped equip me for a successful career in my field. The combination of in-class practice and theory helped me to develop a deep understanding of not only how to be a PSW, but a great PSW. I am thankful that trios college has a comfortable, engaging, accepting, patient, and supportive environment and staff.

Zachary D.