For Students

Below is a list of our most FAQs from students across Canada and beyond. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.

I WANT TO TAKE ONE OF YOUR COURSES. WHERE CAN I APPLY?

You can find a list of our Member colleges and the types of programs they offer on our website here.

You can choose “By Category” to see the categories of programs that our Members offer. You will have to contact any college you are interested in directly to discuss their programs.

I LOST MY CERTIFICATE AND I NEED A REPLACEMENT. WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

If the college you graduated from is still open, you will need to contact them directly to request a replacement certificate. 

If the college you graduated from is no longer open, what we can offer you is a Letter of Completion in lieu of a certificate. To order a Letter of Completion, please email Alex at acarberry@nacc.ca with the following details:

  • The college you graduated from
  • The month (roughly) and year you graduated
  • Your graduating pin number
  • A copy of your transcript

If you don’t have all of the above, still get in contact as we may still be able to locate you on our system. 

I LOST MY TRANSCRIPT AND NEED A REPLACEMENT. WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

The NACC does not have access to student’s transcripts and therefore does not have a copy of them in our database. We advise that you first contact the college you graduated from to request a copy of your transcript. 

If the school you graduated from has since closed, you may still be able to obtain a copy of your transcript. As of roughly 2005, it was mandatory for PCCs (Private Career Colleges) in Ontario to submit a copy of all transcripts to a Transcript Vendor. To view a list of Transcript Vendors and their contact details, please view our Transcript Vendor contact sheet here

I HAVE A CERTIFICATE / DIPLOMA IN ANOTHER HEALTHCARE FIELD AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A PSW. HOW CAN I TRANSITION TO BECOME A PSW?

You may be eligible to take one of our PSW Bridging courses, which is designed for persons with prior Certificate and/or Diploma and/or Degree in:

  • Health Care Aide – Canadian Graduate
  • Home Support Worker – Canadian Graduate
  • Personal Support Worker – Canadian Graduate
  • Nurse or Registered Nurse – Domestic or Foreign Trained with Degree in Nursing
  • Practical Nurse: Registered Practical Nurse (RPN); Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – Domestic or Foreign Trained

You would need to contact one of our member colleges to speak with about being eligible to take the PSW Bridging course. 

There is a list of our member colleges on our website here. From here, you can choose “By Category” to see which colleges in your area offer the PSW Bridging course. 

You will need to contact colleges you are interested in directly to discuss the programs.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PSW CERTIFICATE / DIPLOMA I HAVE AND NACC’s CURRICULUM?

There are different PSW programs running in different colleges. Both public and private colleges submit programs to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for approval before they can be taught at their respective college. All programs are developed using the standards set out by the MTCU and the Ministry of Health and they approve them based on what the college submits for approval. 

Students taking a PSW program and successfully passing all modules and exams will receive a certificate from their college. The NACC program is a program made up of 700 hours including theory and practicum, and has a final exam of 2.5 hours in length that tests the students on all components of the program in detail. The NACC program is recognized in the community as a high standard program. Only NACC Member colleges can purchase the program from NACC and run it at their college. We do regular audits to make sure the standards are being met at each college on a regular basis. 

As the profession of Personal Support Worker is an unregulated profession, it is up the hiring company to make their own standards as to what qualifications they want from the people they employ. If an employer is asking for an NACC certificate, it is because they know that you graduated from an NACC program and this is the standard of employee they want at their facility. 

In order to obtain an NACC PSW certificate, you need to enroll in one of our Member colleges that offer the NACC PSW program. You cannot just taje the final exam. As a PSW, you would qualify for our PSW Bridging program. This program was designed for people that have taken a PSW program and have a PSW certificate. It is shorter in time, because you already have knowledge of the components of the program. Colleges that offer the PSW Bridging program can be located on our website here.

I’M LOOKING TO ATTEND A COLLEGE THAT CAN GRANT ME A POST GRADUATE WORK PERMIT. WHERE CAN I APPLY?

At the moment in Canada, the only province where Private Career Colleges can issue PGWPs (Post Graduate Work Permits) is in the province of Quebec. 

We are working hard on making this accessible to all Private Career Colleges across Canada.

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