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Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Certificate | DSW_APP_CA

Training Fit for Heroes

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 ways such as one day per week, one evening per week, one week at a time, etc. As well, the courses are delivered in a variety of formats such as classroom, distance education via the Internet and video-conferencing.

Fall Registration Begins Friday, July 21st.

Note: The pattern of courses, which the student and his or her agency choose, will affect how long it takes to complete the certificate. A reasonable estimate is two to three years.

What Kind of Hero Will You Become?

The developmental services worker (DSW) is a highly sought-after professional who can obtain meaningful employment supporting people with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, physical challenges, or other special needs, along with their families.

Career Options

Career options for the DSW graduate include:

  • residential counsellor
  • educational assistant
  • preschool resource staff
  • day program counsellor with adults or senior
  • recreation integration worker

Industry Partners

This program has partnerships with an extensive list of agencies whose staff are participating in apprenticeships.including Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf, Brampton-Caledon Community Living, Central West Specialized Developmental Services, Christian Horizons, Community Living Dufferin, Community Living Oakville, Community Living Toronto, Kerry’s Place, META Centre, Montage Support Services, and Vita Community Living Services.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship from Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.


A Humber DSW Apprenticeship program graduate need only complete an additional four courses (two English courses, one humanities course and one field placement course) to attain the Developmental Services Worker diploma.


Click on course title below to view details and link to registration page.

Compulsory Courses