Personal Support Worker (PSW)

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) program is for students who are interested in entering the health care field and designed to prepare individuals to provide health care in community settings and long-term care facilities.

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) program that is offered at the Lindsay Adult & Alternate Education Centre follows all recognized provincial standards to provide training and accreditation to aspiring Personal Support Worker (PSW) students.

Program Information

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) Program will run from September 7, 2021 to January 2022 at the Lindsay Adult & Alternate Education Centre and Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. The program includes classroom theory and on-the-job training.

  • September to November 2021 – In-class theory (Monday to Friday – 9am to 3pm)
  • December 2021 to January 2022 – Supervised Long-Term Care Placement (6am to 2pm, and various shifts)

All accepted applicants to the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Program are also eligible to earn six senior credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Upon successful completion of the program, applicants will also be certified as a qualified Personal Support Worker.

Pre-Admission Process

All applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age at the start of Supervised Long-Term Placement (December 2021);
  • Complete the online PSW Application Form and submit the form by July 9, 2021;
  • Applicants who have not received their Ontario Secondary School Diploma will need to complete a Literacy Assessment (approximately 45 minutes);
  • Must provide copies of the following documentation at time of submitting application:
    • Proof of Canadian Citizenship (i.e. Birth Certificate, Passport etc.)
    • Proof of Residency (i.e. Utility Bill or Tax Bill that must contain your home address)
    • Ontario Secondary School Transcript (if you do not have a copy, we can help you obtain one); and
  • Provide a reference from an employer, volunteer position, or former teacher.

Additional Information

Once an applicant has submitted their online PSW Application Form, applications will be reviewed and they will be notified for a potential interview with our PSW Instructor. Interviews are currently scheduled to take place in July 2021.

After interviews, successful applicants will then be required to complete a registration form and pay a $500.00 deposit to secure their registration spot, which will be refunded upon successful completion of program.

Students will then need to obtain and provide proof of the following:

  • Clean Police Record Check
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Negative 2-step mantoux (tuberculosis) test (or clear chest x-ray)

Immunizations/vaccines:

  • ​Hepatitis B (2 of 3 shots recommended)
  • Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella, and varicella
  • Influenza vaccine (flu shot) (in season) or Tamiflu

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) Program will run from September 7, 2021 to January 2022 at the Lindsay Adult & Alternate Education Centre and Haliburton Highlands Secondary School.

  • September to November 2021 – In-class theory (Monday to Friday – 9am to 3pm)
  • December 2021 to January 2022 – Supervised Long-Term Care Placement (6am to 2pm, and various shifts

There is no cost for the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program, as it is currently being covered by the Ministry.

Course Fees (covered at no cost) include:
  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate
  • Achieva Lift and Mobility Training Certificate
  • G.P.A (Gentle Persuasive Approach)
  • PSW Certificate
Material Fees (covered at no cost) include:
  • Textbooks
  • 2 Uniforms
  • Identification badge

Upon graduation, students will receive a Personal Support Worker certificate.

Lindsay Adult & Alternate Education Centre
230 Angeline Street South,
Lindsay, ON, K9V 0J8

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Phone: 705-324-5280 ext. 38014
Email[email protected]


Haliburton Highlands Secondary School
5358 County Road 21, P.O. Box 390
Haliburton, ON, K0M 1S0

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Phone: 705-324-5280 ext. 38014
Email[email protected]

View PSW Info Sheet