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Resident Care Worker


As a resident care worker, you will be qualified to work in long-term care and acute care facilities in both the public and private sectors. In this program, you will gain an appreciation of the RCW’s role in mental health, home care and with community agencies.

Upon graduation, you will be able to utilize you communication skills and clinical experience to assist clients with their personal and physical needs in a variety of settings

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Certificate, Resident Care Worker
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English minimum 65%.
  • Two references from employers
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • Written verification of 40 volunteer or paid hours, preferably within the last 5 years, in a long term care, mental health or suitable facility that addresses special client care needs. More Information
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
  • Completed Holland College medical form
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) Certificate. On site training and online certificates are acceptable. Find an example at AixSafety.
  • Immunization Form The completed form is not required until after an applicant has been accepted. (Keep a copy for your records.)
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Note: This program and occupational field require students to lift, move and transfer clients. Students are also required to conduct frequent handwashing, use soaps/lotions for bathing clients and be exposed to cleaning and sanitizing chemicals. Students who suffer from food allergies should also be aware that they are required to assist in feeding clients and are therefore exposed to a wide variety of foods.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home support services
  • Mental Health facilities
  • Self-employment
  • Acute care facilities

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 3413, NOC 4412.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program for students taking the program on the Prince of Wales Campus.


If you have any questions concerning the Resident Care Worker program, contact:

  • Jane MacPhee
  • Telephone: (902) 566-9328
  • Health & Community Studies Office: (902) 566-9564

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