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The original PSW program standards were developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario, and the Ontario Community Support Association produced the original curriculum package. The NACC curriculum was developed in response to member requests to adhere to the highest standards. The current program, while originally based on the MOHLTC curriculum, has evolved to keep pace with the needs of the clients and PSWs. The program is reviewed annually to ensure that it continues to be relevant.
The NACC program content, standards and guidelines, combined with the clinical component of the program, ensure that the graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful as a Personal Support Worker or Personal Attendant.
The NACC PSW program is currently being offered in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia. While the name for the unregulated health care worker changes from province to province, the NACC program has common core standards that can be used in each province. Specific provincial content can be added to accommodate provincial requirements.
The PSW will develop a skill/knowledge level that includes basic care and social service training. The scope of responsibilities for a Personal Support Workers is as follows:
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.
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 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 curriculum 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.
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.
Benefits to potential employers hiring graduates of the Common Standards Group Personal Support Worker Program include:
NACC Final Theory Examination:
For a complete list of member colleges offering the NACC Personal Support Worker (PSW) program, click here.