Home Care Assistance







Number of credits


Number of contact hours allotted for specific training

975 Hours


In effect until June 30th, 2019

New version

Institutional and Home Care Assistance (New Version)

Home care assistance students are trained to provide basic care and services to persons of all ages who are sick or who have physical or mental disabilities on the basis of a care plan. This involves offering the basic care that they are trained to provide, helping clients carry out their everyday activities, helping them organize their living environment, ensuring clients’ safety and intervening in crisis or emergency situations. Students also learn to help clients integrate and socialize in individual or community activities. All of these tasks require establishing a relationship of trust with clients and those close to them. Home care attendants also receive training in providing care and services in the home. They help vulnerable or at-risk clientele carry out everyday domestic activities, such as preparing meals. They also advise clients on their lifestyle habits and provide parenting support, if applicable. The goal is to meet the general needs of clients, to help them compensate for their disabilities, to maintain and promote their autonomy, to accompany and support them in their daily and domestic lives, while taking into account any family or social problems that could interfere.

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their vocational training is to begin in a specific program of study, who hold a Training Certificate in a Semiskilled Trade, and who earned the required credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in Secondary Cycle One in general education in the youth sector or in Secondary II in general education in the adult sector
Persons who are 15 years of age or older on June 30 of the school year preceding their admission to a pilot project involving concurrent general education and practical training, who have attained vocational maturity and who have earned their Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics. By means of concurrent admission with an integrated schedule, they will continue their vocational training and their general education in the youth sector to complete the Secondary III prerequisites they need to obtain their vocational training diploma. Authorization by the Ministère is required for the concurrent admission of a student in Secondary III to the programs of study.

CS Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier (Laval)
Vocational training centre

C.D.C. Laurier Pont-Viau

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DSep 10, 2019
New Frontiers SB
Vocational training centre

C.F.P. Châteauguay Valley

GroupStatusD/WStart date
Mar 18/19
DJan 01, 2018
Riverside SB
Vocational training centre

ACCESS Career Centre

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DJul 02, 2019
Western Québec SB
Vocational training centre

Pontiac Continuing Education Centre

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DJan 01, 2011
Vocational training centre

Western Québec Career Centre

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DAug 28, 2018

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Job titles

Program content

Number or codeCourse Name / CompetencyHours
751472Determine their suitability for the occupations and the training process30
751483Adopt a holistic approach when considering the needs of different types of clientele45
751492Prevent infections and contamination30
751502Adopt behaviours consistent with professional decorum and workplace ethics30
751522Establish a helping relationship30
751532Interact as part of a team30
751543Consider the manifestations of physical illnesses and disabilities as well as the specific needs of affected clients45
751554Adopt relational approaches with clients with mental health problems, cognitive deficits or intellectual disabilities60
751568Perform basic care procedures120
751572Administer first aid30
751581Provide assistance to clients in palliative care15
751591Use job search techniques15
751647Provide basic care related to activities of daily living (ADL)105
751655Work with clients using occupational therapy activities75
751666Adapt their intervention to the family and social context90
751673Perform everyday domestic activities for clients with disabilities45
751684Consider the facility’s rules and procedures for administering medications and basic invasive care60
751698Provide basic care and assistance in a home care setting120