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“We continue to support the important work that personal support workers pro-vide to our communities and health care system. The registry will give the people of Ontario the confidence and reassurance that the care they choose to receive is of the highest quality and standard.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins (former Minister of Health and Long-Term Care)


Mandate Statement

Carefirst Vocational Training Centre recognizes that Personal Support Workers are valuable members of the health care profession. Their contribution increases individual capacity for independent living in both community and institutional settings. Our aim is to educate all our students regarding quality care for clients of all ages, as well as to maintain productive relationships with our service partners and service providers.


Personal Support Worker Certificate Program

Our program is:
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Highlights of our full-time program:
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  • 25 weeks (including theory and practicum)
  • Experienced and qualified instructors (the teaching team includes an RN, an RPN, a social worker, a physiotherapist and a teacher specialized in adult education)
  • Small classes with a maximum of 20 students
  • Arranged placement opportunities for students

Service Highlights

PSW Certificate Program

      • The approved redesigned training curriculum, with 650 hours, was rolled out in 2016 Fall Semester. The new program prepares graduates to provide care to individuals with complex care needs.
      • With the high quality of the Carefirst PSW training, many graduates are employed soon after graduation.
      • The Centre would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the partner training organizations: Carefirst’s Adult Day Programs, Mon Sheong Long Term Care Centre, Participation House, Seniors Persons Living Connected, Tendercare Living Centre, TransCare Community Support Services, and Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities for supporting the PSW student practicum placements. Under the coaching and mentoring of experienced supervisors from the partner agencies during the practicum, the students are able to gain
        valuable work related experience.

FAQ: The Myth of the PSW Provincial Exam

There is a myth that PSWs have a final Ontario Exam, or more commonly, have been told by the National Association of Career Colleges that the NACC exam is the provincial exam.
Both are false.

The Personal Support Education Accreditation Programme (PEPA) has received several complaints with regards to a PSW’s entry to practice. Many of these issues have centred on a belief that Ontario has a “provincial PSW exam” that graduates must pass before they are eligible for employment.

While there are restrictions on the standards to which a school must teach, Ontario does NOT require graduates to complete a provincial examination prior to working as a PSW.

There are four educational institutes legitimately provide PSW education in Ontario:

  • School boards, under Continuing/Adult Education Divisions
  • Community Colleges
  • Private Career Colleges (authorized by the province)
  • Association-based educators (third-party not-for-profit programmes)

These four educational institutes must adhere to minimum programme length and to one of 3 sets of standards if their graduates are to be eligible for employment as a PSW in long-term care home. Note that the province does not mandate any “end of programme” examination for graduates.

Schools using the National Association of Career Colleges curriculum have the option of writing an end of programme exam. This examination is NOT a provincial requirement for employment, nor should it be considered a replacement for a PSW’s successful completion of a PSW programme. Similarly, completion of any end of programme examination is not a requirement for inclusion on the PSW Registry.

The PSW’s successful completion of an approved PSW programme is the employer’s assurance of eligibility for employment.

If you have questions about this, please contact Lynelle Hamilton, Director of PEPA at:
Tel : (416) 256-3010 ext. 279
Tel : (1800) 267-6272 ext. 279
Email: lynelle@pswepa.ca

Care Attendant For Post-Natal Services

Community Enhancement Program – Linguistically accessible curriculums continued to be delivered to the Chinese population. Carefirst’s community enhancement courses bring culturally relevant knowledge to the Chinese community, enhancing their individual and community capacity. The Care Attendant Training for Post-Natal services is one of the highly demanded programs in the community.

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  • 12-hour program in Cantonese or Mandarin
  • Instructed by a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner
  • Click here to see pdf flyer
  • Click here to see upcoming class information

Other Courses

Future Development – To meet the community service sector needs for more frontline ualified and well trained personnel to support the increasing service needs, Carefirst VTC is working on to expanding the training programs to meet the needs of the community.

Click here for Hospice Care Volunteers Training.

Click here for Food Handler Certification course.

Click here for Enhancement in English course.

Click here for Home Helper Training.

For more information, please contact Carefirst VTC Hotline:
Tel     : (416) 847-2767
Email: training@carefirstontario.ca

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