About - Earn As You Learn, PSW

Qualifying for this Program

The purpose of the Earn As You Learn, PSW program is to provide eligible participants in the Ottawa area the opportunity to train for a new career as a Personal Support Worker.  This program is in collaboration with Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Services, Private Career Colleges, Literacy and Basic Skills, and Healthcare employers.

Eligible candidates can train to become a Personal Support Worker for free, have the opportunity to work in a Healthcare facility while learning, and have a job ready for them at the end of the training.

Program Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, underemployed or working less than 20 hours per week OR;
  • Employed with a family household falls below the Low Income Cut Off chart
  • Over the age of 18
  • Not currently enrolled in any other education or training
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

You may be suitable for the program if you are…

  • Interested in a career as a Personal Support Worker
  • Available to commit to up to 26 weeks of full time training


Once accepted into the program, participants will start their full-time training to become a Personal Support Worker. This training is up to 26 weeks in length, starting 1 week of  Soft Skills Solutions©, being facilitated by the Rideau-Ottawa Valley Learning Network. Participants will then go on to complete their PSW training with either triOS College or Willis College. 

The in-class portion of the training will be delivered virtually whereas the lab component will be facilitated either in a classroom setting or on-site at a healthcare facility. Participants will also complete a practicum in a healthcare facility

Earn As You Learn

Throughout the training, you will have the opportunity to work part-time with a healthcare employer as either a Residential Care Attendant or a Home Support Worker*. This will allow you to earn an income while in school, and become familiar with the healthcare industry.

*Part-time positions as an RCA or HSW are dependent on positions available at the time, and participants’ availability for work


After graduation, participants will have the opportunity to work at 1 of 4 healthcare employers as a certified Personal Support Worker. PQES Employment Counsellors will be available for up to 1 year after graduation to help you integrate into the workforce and help you overcome any bumps along the road.

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