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Developmental Service Worker

Are you seeking a rewarding career compassionately encouraging and supporting those who have developmental disabilities and their families? If yes, this is the training and career for you.


Program Duration
Full Time: 49 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
600 hours
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.


As a developmental service worker, you work with individuals with developmental and physical disabilities and those who deal with mental illness to promote their health and wellbeing. You interview, assess, assist, and counsel clients and their families, facilitate life skills, encourage inclusive environments, and provide personal care. Anderson’s Developmental Service Worker program meets all Provincial Standardization guidelines and outcomes.

Upon graduation you will be able to pursue work in a number of areas including (but not limited to): family support, within community or residential agencies, community organizations, private sector opportunities, transitional services or as an educational assistant or program supervisor.

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This program is 49 weeks, including 600 hours of practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. Our Developmental Service Worker program provides the technical and practical training for individuals looking for a rewarding career working with children, youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Students will learn to give clients support and offer encouragement while promoting their mental, emotional, and physical health. Curriculum will cover areas such as: developmental psychology, health and wellness, personal care, crisis prevention intervention, community building, counseling techniques and teaching strategies, family dynamics, record and report writing, and much more.


Beyond Anderson College’s industry-expert instructors, easy-to-use learning materials and real-world training – what sets us apart, is a community of support, sharing your interests and goals for creating a life-changing career path, one that will become like a family as you navigate your way to success.


  • Gain real-time knowledge and best practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through a practicum with developmental service worker employers
  • Apply the technical skills learned to provide support to those with developmental disabilities, through practical training
  • Learn, alongside your fellow classmates, how to provide comprehensive support to clients and their families and work within a professional environment


Contact us to talk with one of our Admissions Experts. We’ll walk you through the details of what you’ll need and how to apply, the details of the program curriculum and the next steps to get you on your way to your first, or next, successful career.


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