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Personal Support Worker

The NACC Personal Support Worker program provides quality education and training for aspiring PSWs. The NACC PSW Program contains the content to be taught, learning outcomes and skills competencies required to be effective as a Personal Support Worker.

Topics Covered in the NACC PSW program:

  • PSW Foundations
  • Safety and Mobility
  • Body Systems
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Household Management, Nutrition, and Hydration
  • Care Planning, Restorative Care, Documentation, Working in the Community
  • Assisting the Family, Growth and Development
  • Assisting the Dying Person
  • Assisting with Medications
  • Cognitive and Mental Health Issues and Brain Injuries
  • Health Conditions
  • Clinical Placement (Community) – 110 Hours
  • Clinical Placement (Facility) – 200 Hours

Final PSW Examination:

The NACC final examination evaluates the theory component of the training and determines whether the candidate has the required level of knowledge to do the job safely and effectively. The external setting for the exam and marking provide unbiased and consistent evaluation of adherence to NACC PSW standards.

The Examination Services Committee of NACC was formed to monitor and review the Personal Support Worker and Personal Assistant examination system. The Examination Services Committee also serves as a resource for member colleges offering support and advice, as well as annual visits to confirm compliance with NACC standards for delivery of the program.

Examinations are developed by the Committee with input from the industry and Common Standards Group Colleges and are offered online on a monthly basis.

This standardized curricula and third party examinations not only demonstrate NACC’s commitment to promote national standards, but also facilitate credit transfer and mobility for students seeking further qualifications.

NACC Certificate and Pin:

Successful students are awarded a numbered certificate and correspondingly numbered pin identifying the graduate as having successfully passed the theory portion of the PSW program.

Why You Should Hire a NACC PSW Graduate:

Benefits to potential employers hiring graduates of the Common Standards Group Personal Support Worker Program include:

  • Assurance that graduates have been trained to meet established learningoutcomes and program standards
  • Assurance that the graduate has the knowledge required to do the job as verified by third party testing
  • Assurance that the skills required to do the job have been verified in clinical settings prior to graduation

Key Elements of the Program:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent admission requirement in addition to Medical Certificate of fitness to complete the program
  • Literacy Test to be completed by all applicants
  • Clear police records check (Vulnerable), Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR
  • 287 hours of classroom instruction
  • 413 hours of clinical placement – a) supervised on site by the college instructor in both institutional and community sites and b) precepted by the host supervisor in both institutional and community sites.
  • Skills Passbook to be completed on placement
  • All students write the NACC final theory examination at the end of the placement. Maximum of 3 writings. This is a quality assurance mechanism for the college, the student and NACC.