Educational Assistant

Apprenticeship and Certification Act Unrestricted Trade


  • Work with the educational team and the family to deliver program goals and maintain the flow of information
  • Assist with the implementation of the education plan
  • Communicate with resource personnel
  • Maintain a communication log/record
  • Present information verbally and in writing
  • Apply intervention strategies by applying behaviour and crisis management techniques, setting limits, using body language techniques, assisting with applying crisis intervention strategies and restoring a safe environment
  • Create a climate for learning by encouraging student's responsibility, modelling social skills
  • Create optimal learning opportunities, promote peer acceptance and foster community relations
  • Assist with life skills and living skills development
  • Support the student and the use of specialized equipment
  • Demonstrate safe work practices and techniques by maintaining a safe environment via safety inspections, emergency procedures, crisis intervention and physical restraint techniques
  • Use proper lifting techniques and lifting devices
  • Practice professionalism

Personal Qualities

  • You like working with young people
  • You are in good physical condition and are able to stoop and lift children
  • You have the emotional stamina to give of yourself
  • You know how to manage stress
  • You are well organized and have a high energy level
  • You are safety conscious
  • You can multi-task
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • The main employers of educational assistants are school boards and centres for exceptional children

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 2,268 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • In addition to receiving a Certificate of Apprenticeship, apprentices may be able to receive their E.A. Diploma if they take 7 additional courses through George Brown College. For more information visit
  • Educational assistants work within legislative parameters including the Education Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Child and Family Service Act, the Young Offenders Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Freedom of Information /Protection of Privacy Act
Students & Parents: Speak with your guidance counsellor today to register for OYAP.