Part-time Continuing Education
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Program Code: 3053


Working with Dementia Certificate program is designed for paraprofessionals and volunteers who are interested in building knowledge, skills and competencies to care for those with dementia. The goal of the program is to enhance the quality of life for those with dementia, caregivers and families.

Thisis a part-time program that is offered online via the internet, while the final course (WWD104) is offered via independent study and can be started at any time. Online courses begin every January, May and September. Some online courses begin each month.

This program is available on a course by course basis. Students may choose to complete one or more courses each semester. Students in this program are not eligible for OSAP funding. Courses within this program must be completed within 7 years, unless otherwise specified.

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 English (C) ENG4C or mature student status.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

Fieldwork experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply classroom theory to an actual employment situation. Students with experience in the dementia field may apply for prior learning assessment (PLAR).

All applicants with be required to submit documentation of having completed the following procedures prior to entering clinical/lab, identified courses and/or field placement components of the program. If the appropriate documentation is not received with at least two weeks before the start of the identified clinical/lab/course and/or field placement, it may be necessary to withdraw the student from the course.

  • A current (within six months) Police Record Search. This is required by students as they are enrolled in a program during which they will have unsupervised access to vulnerable persons
  • Immunization and Heath Record Form. This form includes the following immunization requirements:, Two-step TB test, Immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, current tetanus, diphtheria immunization, current influenza immunization.
  • Statement of Confidentiality Form, WSIB, and Workplace Agreement Form. These forms will be given to you to sign prior to your fieldwork placement.
  • WHMIS.

All costs associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Career Path

Graduates will have a specialized understanding of dementia to contribute enhancing the quality of life of those living with dementia.

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


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