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Personal Support Worker

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 07741 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

  • Upon acceptance to the program, students must be in good physical and mental condition and meet the same physical and immunization requirements as those for the staff employed by the agency/facility where the practicum takes place
  • Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates
  • Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Personal Support Worker program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and, as a result, are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate. Personal Support Worker students are not required to submit a police record check until the second semester of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter. 

Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.

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Note: All of these requirements must be completed within two months of starting the program.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $4,098.58
  • international $14,200.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$700 to $900 – textbooks, supplies, Hepatitis B vaccine, first aid, CPR, uniform. Cost varies for travel between Humber and the field placements.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Donna Skells
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4629


Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor

Lakeshore Campus
WEL 106

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,179.69 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,148.19
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $260.80 $260.80


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Personal Support Worker certificate program gives you the skills you need for a career in this in-demand health-care field. Begin a rewarding career helping people in need such as the elderly, the chronically ill and people with physical disabilities.

The program is designed in collaboration with industry, ensuring you are learning current and relevant material. In this program, you will learn:

  • the developmental stages across the lifespan and the communication and interpersonal skills needed for effective client relationships
  • the essentials of providing personal care, applying mobility techniques (lifting and transferring clients), and household management and safety
  • an understanding of mental health disorders
  • skills in dealing with common medical conditions, including facilitating rehabilitation exercises and assisting with medications.

Clinical practicums give you valuable first-hand experience in the field which will serve you well when beginning your career. Through assisting individuals at a long-term care facility and in other settings, you will learn to recognize the physical and emotional changes of aging and illness, and become familiar with the restorative techniques used to maximize independence. Explore workplace opportunities and develop important job-search and interview skills through role-playing and a practice job interview.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

Two work placements for the program take place in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In semester one, the practicum is completed in a controlled lab environment for six hours per week. This practicum is fully supervised by one instructor per group of approximately ten students. In semester two, the practicum is completed at a variety of agencies and facilities.

The semester two practicum is divided into two rotations over the 15 weeks: 160 hours in a long-term care facility and 120 hours in a community agency. Hours and number of days per week vary depending on the type of facility and shifts assigned; most range from six to eight hours per day or evening. Students begin placement in the first week of January.

Please note: day shift in the semester two practicum starts at 6:30 a.m. in most agencies/facilities.

For further information about placements and requirements, visit

The Humber Experience

PSW Cooking Lab video

Watch the video. Find out why Humber's PSW students are learning basics cooking skills. 

Student Diversity

Be part of the culturally diverse student population of Humber. The average age of students at Humber is 26 years old, but students range from recent high school graduates to students with children of high school age. There will always be students just like you with similar experiences and goals.

Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships within the community – and is the preferred choice by many agencies and facilities because of The School of Health Sciences reputation.

Being a Personal Support Worker

Being a personal support worker means you need to look and act like a professional. Our industry partners share what they look for in an employee and what professionalism means to them.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Labs

Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. Fully equipped labs use simulation mannequins to prepare you for the workplace by exposing you to real life scenarios you might encounter in the workplace.

Your Career

Provide compassionate care to those in need with a career as a personal support worker.

As a result of an aging population and increased government focus on home and long-term care, the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) reports the need for personal support workers is increasing. With your knowledge of common diseases and disabilities, you will be well-equipped to assist with providing safe and effective support. Your personal care and household maintenance abilities will allow you to aid clients with a variety of tasks related to daily living.

You will be qualified to provide services to clients and their families in a variety of healthcare settings such as long-term care facilities, palliative care centres, hospitals and clients’ homes.

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