Personal sustain Worker Certificate
Say what you will about personal sustain workers but at the chief, they do provide help to those that cannot help themselves.
It isn’t easy. Sometimes the work can be trying. But the personal rewards such as satisfaction and a decent wage are usually enough to lift any PSW’s spirits.
While the majority of ‘career’ based jobs take 2 – 4 years of schooling, many Ontario colleges, school boards and private colleges offer official PSW certification in as little as 8 – 12 months. Courses can also be stretched out on a part-time basis to fit around work schedules. While these are rarer (and typically hosted at major colleges), students can take a complete 24 – 36 months to complete a course.
But seriously, when taking a normal speed, the course is over in 8-12 months! That’s a comparatively short time investment to join a profession that averages $14.50+ per hour.
Think about it. In one year from now you could be certified and enjoying a brand new career.
And as we’ve seen, the work is rewarding.
How does one go about getting within the industry?
As we’ve seen, a psw certificate is a must. Despite what some say, where you acquire a certificate from (i.e. where you go to school) doesn’t really matter all that much, as long as they are recognized by your respective provincial government. Base your school choice around location, class time flexibility (if you are currently working) and course cost. Cost’s vary, however Ontario Colleges are usually the most expensive (however they can be financed by OSAP in Ontario), followed by private colleges and then community centres.
Courses across all of these schools include mandatory co-op. On the negative side the co-op is an unpaid placement. On the plus side the co-op forces the schools to certify you in First-Aid and CPR training, both of which are musts for most employers.
Upon conclusion of your course you will be certified to work in numerous job place settings, including but not limited to: long-term care facilities, hospitals, hospices, individual households, community centres, rehab clinics, etc.
With need continuing due to the rapid age advancement of the senior population, along with the Ontario governments continued financial sustain in the form of industry subsidies, becoming a part of the industry is a worthwhile short-term and long-term investment in one’s future.