If you strive for a career supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, then Lambton College’s Developmental Disabilities certificate program is for you.

This program has industry-focused training courses and promotes the use of modern technology. Students utilize mobile devices in order to demonstrate accessible communication tools for non-verbal communicators. Three new physical limitation suits have enabled students to actively experience the effects of aging and limited mobility. Additional instructional aides include interactive books, timers, adaptive toys and more.

Graduates have the skills and knowledge required to assist individuals with intellectual and/or related developmental disabilities and accumulate approximately 200 hours of placement time. Graduates may pursue further education as Developmental Services Workers, utilizing existing Transfer Opportunities

Interested applicants must apply to the Developmental Services Worker program via Ontario Colleges and then submit a transfer request to the Registrar's Office.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


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This is a Textbooks for All program. To learn more about Lambton College's Textbooks for All initiative, visit our Mobile Learning section.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find employment opportunities in a variety of settings. These include: support workers in residential group homes, semi-independent living situations, job coaches, vocational settings, health care fields or other mental health professions.

Accreditations/Certifications

Students are eligible to apply for student membership in the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD). Students must be enrolled in the Developmental Disabilities certificate program at Lambton College. Upon successful completion of this program, students are exempt from 10 of the core courses and one field placement in the Developmental Service Worker program.