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Diploma in Developmental Services Worker Confederation College




Course info


Confederation College’s Developmental Services Worker program will give you the skills and experience you need to support individuals in living their life to the fullest. Coursework includes study in developmental disabilities, teaching strategies, health promotion, augmentative communication and assistive technology, pharmacology, dual diagnosis, trends and issues, behavioural supports, counselling skills and community development. If you believe in inclusion, individualization and empowerment for all people in our community, this program is for you.


  • Program includes two field placements so that you can learn in real-world environments
  • Also offered as an accelerated program for those with a college diploma in a community services program or those with a degree in a related field
  • Gives you the knowledge and skills that you need to support people to reach their full potential
  • Practice knowledge and skills in a lab setting and plan real community events with schools and agencies

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Developmental Services Worker go on to find positions in a variety of settings providing services and supports for persons with disabilities. Examples in Thunder Bay and the region include Wesway, OPTIONS northwest Personal Support Services, City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division Inclusion Services, Superior Greenstone Association for Community Living, Avenue II Community Program Services Thunder Bay, Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario, Community Living Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Lakehead Public Schools, and more.

Roles include Student Support Professional, Employment Support Specialist, Residential/Community Support Worker, Advocate, Family Support Worker and others.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Diploma in Developmental Services Worker.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$15,519.00 (8,61,862) per year


04 Sep


Confederation College

Thunder Bay Campus,

1450 Nakina Drive,


Ontario (ON),

P7C 4W1, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C), or Open (O) preparation levels with Grade 12 English (C/U) Level.
  • or successful completion of the Mature Student Assessment.
  • or successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED).
  • or appropriate credits from the Academic and Career Entrance program (ACE).

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)
  • PTE-A: 54 (no communicative skill lower than 50)

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