Developmental Services Worker (Apprenticeship)

Certificate | Code: 1303

Please note:

This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021.

About the program

This program is designed to provide individuals working in the field of developmental services without formal credentials, the opportunity to pursue education and training on a part-time basis. The program provides apprentices with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to support people with a range of physical, intellectual, mental or developmental disabilities, across the lifespan to participate fully within the community. Offered in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MTCU). Apprentices successfully completing the program will receive a Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship Certificate.
In addition to the required "in-school" theory training, Apprentices are required to have an employer sponsor them so they can complete 3,720 hours of practical work experience as required by the training standards set by the MTCU.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or GED or equivalent
  • Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

Note re: admission requirements

  • Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email
  • Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
  • Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed.

Admission procedures

  • Apprentices must register with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and complete the necessary documentation.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program outcomes

  • Provide support to persons with disabilities to facilitate personal growth and empowerment in ways which respects their dignity, autonomy, and decision-making capacity.
  • Facilitate the development of skills of everyday life.
  • Support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being.
  • Promote the development of inclusive communities.
  • Display competent, responsible, and professional behaviour and attitudes.
  • Identify and use personal development resources and activities which promote professional growth
  • Participate as a member of care/service teams* in both community and institutional settings*.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately using oral, written, and nonverbal methods.
  • Assist in the promotion and maintenance of a safe and comfortable environment for clients, their families*, self, and others.

Program related resources

Apprenticeship registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.

Exemption testing

Exemption tests may be available to challenge for individual Levels. Please contact the Test Centre

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendar for our upcoming registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Winter Registration: Opens November 1, 2021
Spring Registration: Opens February 7, 2022