Personal Support Worker - International

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Applying as an International applicant

International students should apply online. Note: not all programs are open to international students.

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Admissions - May 2022

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they have a clear Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) if considering this program. Access to work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences requires a clear VSS, and students will not be allowed to complete the program without successful completion of practicum WIL.

Canadian admissions contact

International admissions contact

Admission procedures

  • An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
  • Ten (10) additional marks are added for each Advanced Level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
  • A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admissions selection process. Minimum cutoffs may apply.

Program requirements

All PSW students are required to complete field placement in the form of work experience to graduate from the program. Work experience will be completed in the second half of the program. Additionally, there may be volunteer or field activity opportunities available for students to engage in within the first half of the program, though this is not required in the program. To qualify for participation in field experiences required in the program, students must be able to provide the appropriate documentation as needed. The following documentation may be required as a future PSW in the workforce, including documentation required for field experiences as a PSW student. Required documentation may vary according to individual employers.

  • An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) must be completed in Canada. Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in work experiences which will jeopardize progress in the program. Some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
  • Current immunizations. Proof of immunization or laboratory blood test results including: Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), Varicella/chickenpox, Hepatitis B, Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), Polio, Seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Current TB Status. Evidence of 2-step testing.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP or BLS level (must be completed in Canada).
  • Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred.
  • Applicants are advised that accessibility to a car may be required for field experiences.
  • Applicants must have a strong desire to work with older adults and/or clients with disabilities and/or long-term health problems.
  • Applicants are advised that good oral and written communication skills are essential for the program.
  • Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or field work setting is not guaranteed.
  • Attendance in classroom skills lab and field work experiences is essential.

Pathways and credit transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.