Disability Support Worker (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety Certificate

Program Overview

Do you like working with people? Do you believe everyone has the right to live life to the fullest? Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Disability Support Worker program offers the training you need to be a community service worker, supportive living worker, educational assistant or life enrichment worker.

Disability support workers are entrusted with the basic personal care of participants of all ages in residential and vocational settings. You’ll 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. You’ll 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

Enhancing Lives

As a disability support worker, you’ll be working with people of all ages and varying levels of ability. The program not only provides the practical skills you’ll need, it also provides a broad knowledge base. You’ll have the tools you need to enhance individual lives, while also build a rewarding career for yourself.

Practical Experience

Practical experience is an essential part of your program. You’ll get direct experience helping individuals in two practicums with residential, vocational centre-based or community-based agencies. In caring, secure and stimulating environments, you’ll develop your skills in providing basic care, planning programs and implementing activities.

The Disability Support Worker curriculum has recently been revised. Students who started taking courses for this program prior to July 1, 2019 have until July 1, 2021 to take the following four courses:

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In order to graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted after completing the following courses: CLTR 100, COMM 291, EMPL 180, HUMD 188, and SAFE 109.


Employability Skills (EMPL-180)
Wholistic Health (HLTH-104)
Orientation to Practicum (ORTN-382)
Basic Care Skills (PERS-103)
Person-Centredness (PLAN-182)
Introduction to Crisis Intervention (SAFE-109)
Introduction to Disability Support Worker and Services (SPSY-101)
Understanding Exceptionalities 1 (SPSY-186)
Diversity (CLTR-100)
Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291)
Quality of Life Enhancements (HLTH-182)
Human Growth and Development (HUMD-188)
Comprehensive Behavioural Support (HUMS-180)
Practicum 1 (PRAC-382)
Understanding Exceptionalities 2 (SPSY-291)
Practicum 2 (PRAC-383)