Employers and students understandably want to maximize their investments of time and money. They need some way of judging among PSW training programs which program is the best return on their investment.
PSNO is one of the partnering organizations leading the new PSW Educational Program Accreditation (PEPA). PEPA is designed to ensure PSW training programs have attained the highest standard for program content and delivery. The PEPA program has been developed to ensure that any PSW program, no matter what standard they are teaching to, is meeting the necessary learning outcomes to best prepare PSWs to work to their core competencies.
PEPA is responding to the growing demand that PSW programs become more accountable, which will assure the public, PSW students and employers that their program can meet benchmarks that were developed by PSW stakeholders and are based on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care PSW Program Standards in Ontario.
Accreditation of PSW training programs is one of the initiative PSNO has undertaken to create a more consistent approach to PSW training across the province. Until we can verify that there is a consistent approach to PSW training across programs, we can't ensure that we will be consistent in providing the quality care PSWs provide.
For more information, please visit PEPA's website at www.pswepa.ca