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Developmental Services Worker - Apprenticeship

Credential: Certificate of Apprenticeship Program Code: 06411 Length: 2 - 3 years

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Our Program

If you possess emotional maturity, strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to community integration, the developmental services sector is looking for candidates like you.

The Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Apprenticeship program is available to all staff working in developmental services, agencies or other organizations such as school boards that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The program consists of 22 courses that are offered in several locations including Toronto, Peel Region, Halton Region and Dufferin Region. Courses can be offered in a variety of timeframes such as one day per week, one evening per week, one week at a time, etc. The courses are delivered in a variety of formats as well, such as classroom, distance education via the Internet and video conferencing. The program must be completed within five years.

The pattern of courses, which the student and his or her agency choose, will affect how long it takes to complete the certificate.

This apprenticeship program is offered through the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) and is an opportunity to work while receiving training. It is a combination of courses and on-the-job training.

Approximately 80 per cent of the registration fees for courses will be paid by MTCU.

Courses Part Time Options

Compulsory Courses

Your Career

Your career path will:

  • allow you to help people who have disabilities live, work and participate in their communities 
  • allow you to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs
  • lead you to assist people in a variety of roles such as community support worker, educational/teaching assistant in a school, classroom assistant in a daycare centre, pre-school resource staff, counsellor in a seniors’ program, residential counsellor, day program counsellor with adults or seniors, and recreation integration worker.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Graduates receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship from Humber College. This certificate is recognized as qualifying individuals to work with people of all ages who have disabilities.

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) and its Developmental Services Special Interest Group (DSSIG).

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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