Attendant training in a CHSLD: a first in the middle of the health

Formation de préposé en CHSLD: une première dans le milieu de la santé

The professional studies program, launched at full speed by the Quebec government to train attendants in accommodation centres, and long-term care (CHSLD) in the space of three months is a first.

“There never has been in the health care environment,” reports the director of the École des métiers des Faubourgs-de-Montréal, Josée Péloquin. The latter underlines that the needs of beneficiary attendants are glaring for several years. “In the last few weeks, every day, partners we are called to receive the graduates.”

During the attendant training in NURSING homes, which began on 15 June in 52 centres throughout Quebec, and which consists of an attestation of vocational studies (AEP) called the Support care support health facility, students will receive a weekly pay$ 760. In mid-September, when the program is completed, graduates will obtain a full-time position (36 hours per week), whose annual salary will reach 49 000$. Benefits will also be offered.

Training express

In the course of their training 375 hours, students will follow courses on the prevention of infections and contamination. They will also learn about the care of the elderly, whether to help feed, to move and to wash. The end of life care will also be explained, as are the ways to intervene with a patient struggling with a degenerative disease or a mental health problem.

The first four weeks of the training will take place in the vocational training centres. “[These few weeks] will help the candidates to situate themselves in relation to the business, stresses Josée Péloquin. Is it that I am made for this training? Is what I am going to please? Beyond salary, there are other aspects to consider.”

Subsequently, the students will visit NURSING homes. They will be accompanied by teachers to continue their learning, but they will also be assisted by experienced employees.

If they get the COVID-19 along the way, they will be temporarily withdrawn from the training program, but they will be able to resume when they will be healed. “There are several accommodations that one can do”, said Josée Péloquin.


Since the popularity of the program of training of employee in the LTCU exceeds the expectations of the Quebec government, which hoped to attract 10 000 candidates, the selection criteria may be imposed. Telephone interviews will be conducted with each person listed and some commitment will be required.

The primary requirements to be admitted to the program have been set, either to be 18 years of age, be a canadian citizen, have completed the third year of high school and be in good physical condition.

The vocational training centres should also assess how many students they are able to receive. The École des métiers des Faubourgs-de-Montréal has already hired 80 teachers and is organised to develop new laboratories in order to train more attendants in CHSLDS. Usually, this establishment montreal diploma about 800 orderlies per year.

Places of work

It is to be noted that those who will get the ASP program Support care support health facility will be able to work only in the CHSDL. If they want to work in hospitals or even in the services of home support, they will have to follow the program of vocational training Assistance to the person in the institution and at home, which lasts for ten months.

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