Developmental Services Worker - Apprenticeship

Developmental Services Worker - Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

Apprenticeship Info

Program Code



Program Length

Approximately two to three years


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Contact Information

Jo Anne Nugent, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3257

Christine Werenich
field placement supervisor
416.675.6622 ext. 3261


The 2016/2017 fee for this program is
– two-credit course $50
– three-credit course $75.
Fees are subject to change.


Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Several government services, such as Job Connect or your local Employment Ontario office, can help you get started in the more than 150 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training.

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You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MTCU. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MTCU.



Recommended Preparation
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
• Grade 12 C or U English or equivalent

For Peel Region, please contact:
MTCU – Apprenticeship Branch
The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6
905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332

On June 13, 2016, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Both names may appear on this website.

Our Program

If you possess emotional maturity, good 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 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.

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.

List of Courses

Apprenticeship Info

Your Career

• Allows you to help people who have disabilities live, work and participate in their communities
• Allows you to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs
• Will find you assisting people in a variety of roles: 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, recreation integration worker.

Our Industry Partnerships

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. This certificate is frequently recognized by employers 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) – visit and its Developmental Services Special Interest Group (DSSIG).

Your Future Study Options

A 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 01101.


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