Developmental Service Worker - 620D

Mohawk College Certificate
Learn to encourage and stimulate the abilities of children and adults who have exceptionalities.

Program Highlights

  • The ministry-approved curriculum is delivered in the program by qualified instructors who are culturally sensitive and equipped to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Theory content and in-school portion may be blended or in class day release.
  • Offered on a part-time basis to allow participants to complete the requirements of the curriculum while meeting their employment obligations.
  • Ability to complete diploma requirements through articulation with other colleges.

What you'll learn

  • Gain meaningful experiences to support individuals with developmental disabilities, developing a skilled and educated workforce in the Developmental Services Sector.

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  • OSSD or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Students must have an identified sponsor to register, i.e., Community Service Agency
  • Apprentices must first register with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development prior to enrolment in the Developmental Service Worker Apprenticeship Program. Call 1-800-668-4479 or visit the Ministry of Education.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. It is administered in Ontario by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities.

Learn more about Apprenticeships.

How to Become an Apprentice?

There are four ways of entering a skilled trade in Ontario.

  1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in your preferred trade
  2. Enter a Pre-Apprenticeship Training program
  3. Complete a college diploma that relates to your preferred trade
  4. Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Read more about how to become an apprentice.

Payment and Registration

Discover which method works best for you:

  1. Web Registration
  2. In-Person Payment “AND” Registration
  3. Employer Sponsorship

Visit Payment and Registration to learn about your payment options, as well as the Refund Policy.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts.



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Developmental Service Worker

Where you could work includes:

  • Community Agencies
  • Special Needs Agencies
  • Residential and Community Agencies
  • School Boards
  • Life Skill Centres

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2019