Make A Difference In Community Services
Become A Personal Support Worker With The Help Of Continuing Education At George Brown College
Personal support workers provide personal care for the comfort and safety of clients and help to create a climate that promotes optimal physical, social and emotional well-being.
The Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate offered through Continuing Education at George Brown College prepares students to work with seniors (and other clients) in long-term care and chronic care facilities, private homes, supportive housing and assisted-living centres.
“When I decided to study to be a PSW, I had a full-time job and at the same time I was going to school at night,” says Personal Support Worker Certificate graduate Jeana Marie Pasche. “After I graduated, I was hired as a PSW. I’m so proud! Now, I have a job that I really enjoy and love.”
These continuing education courses are prefect for those who are not able to commit to a full-time program. The courses are offered part-time in the evenings, and the whole program takes approximately two years to complete if you take the courses in the suggested sequence (usually two or three courses per term).
Students commit — and pay — on a courseby-course basis. There are two intakes a year: September and April.
Field education is an integral part of preparing students for entry into the workplace.
All PSW students must complete two field placements: an institutional practicum and a community practicum. These field placements provide students with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge, skills and work ethic with a potential employer.
Interested in learning more about the certificate? Visit the George Brown Continuing Education website at coned. georgebrown.ca/community.
You should also contact the Continuing Education Community Services & Health Sciences department at 416-415-5000, ext. 2126, at firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve a spot for a free information session. The next information sessions are on January 27 and February 18. Each session starts at 6 pm at 200 King St. E. in downtown Toronto.