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Disability Support Worker - Certificate

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
37 weeks
Diploma / certificate
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About this program

Disability Support Worker - Certificate

Do you like working with people? Do you believe everyone has the right to live life to the fullest? Saskatchewan Polytechnics Disability Support Worker program offers the training you need to be a community service worker, supportive living worker, Educational Assistant - Certificate or life enrichment worker.

Disability support workers are entrusted with the basic personal care of participants of all ages in residential and vocational settings. Youll need strong communication skills, a common-sense approach to problem solving, an intuitive understanding of human behaviour and a steady personality.

Disability Support Worker is a one-year certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . It is also offered through distance and/or continuing education. Learn from experienced instructors how to provide compassionate, respectful care for individuals with challenging needs and disabling conditions. Youll develop knowledge and practical skills in:

  • basic care skills
  • behavioural support and crisis prevention
  • disability support services
  • exceptionalities and human growth development
  • interpersonal, professional and employability skills
  • person-centred planning
  • quality of life enhancements

Admission requirements

  • Grade 12
  • English Language Requirement

Meeting English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

Refer to our English Language Proficiency Requirements page for all details.

The following tests are available at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Test Centres.

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Employability Skills
  • Wholistic Health
  • Orientation to Practicum
  • Basic Care Skills
  • Person-Centredness
  • Introduction to Crisis Intervention
  • Introduction to Disability Support Worker and Services
  • Understanding Exceptionalities 1

Semester 2

  • Diversity
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Quality of Life Enhancements
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Comprehensive Behavioural Support
  • Practicum
  • Understanding Exceptionalities 2

Semester 3

  • Practicum 2


The Tuition fees for 2021/22 Academic year: $7,220

Please visit the school website for more information about tuition fees


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnicoffers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at everycampus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

Career paths

When you graduate, youll be qualified to work as a disability support worker, supportive living worker, Educational Assistant - Certificate, vocational training worker or community residential worker. Work environments include health care and long-term care facilities, educational institutions, group homes and more. Look for job opportunities with community-based agencies, school systems and government agencies.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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