Developmental Services Worker

Apprenticeship and Certification Act Unrestricted Trade


A Developmental Services Worker supports individuals who have a developmental disability to enhance their ability to function within all aspects of community living. Duties may include:

  • Completing and maintaining client history and background forms
  • Participating in the development and implementation of person directed plans
  • Supporting individuals to develop and maintain relationships within the family and community
  • Managing individual medication
  • Developing and applying crisis intervention strategies
  • Responsible for modeling and promoting a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a safe environment

Personal Qualities

  • You like working with others
  • You are cooperative
  • You enjoy helping people
  • You are able to sit for long periods of time
  • You enjoy developing and implementing plans
  • You are able to use computers and other technologies
  • You have strong communication skills
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Many Developmental Service Workers work for school boards, group homes or in private homes
  • Some workers may be employed by the government and/or community agencies

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 3,720 hour apprenticeship program is required
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