SAO Programs

Skills Advanced Ontario

Skills Advanced Ontario (SAO) is a provincially funded project that provides free online training focusing on three key career sectors. Programs being offered through our SAO program are: Personal Care Assistant, Culinary Assistant, and Children Support Assistant. 

Available Programs

Do you love working with and supporting people and providing assistance in a home setting?

Do you enjoy the sights and smells of working with food and providing the joy of tasting and eating to the public in a variety of settings? 

Do you enjoy supporting a child’s learning, growth and development in settings such as child care centres, before/after school programs and recreational settings?


Personal Care Assistant

Now Available!

The PCA training is a 4-6 week free online training program. Expert instructor led courses in:

  • Senior health issues
  • Dementia care and referrals
  • Nutrition 
  • Speech disorders and more! 
For more information and to apply contact: personalcareassistant@ctdclearningplace.com

Culinary Assistant

Now Available

  • The Culinary Assistant training is a
  • 4-6 week free online program.
  • Expert instructor led courses in: 

Food science 
Food safety & Infection control 
Nutrition
Baking 
Recipes 
Menu planning and more!

For more information and to apply contact: culinary@ctdclearningplace.com

Child Support Assistant

Now Available!

The Child Support program is a 4-6 week free online training program. Expert instructor led courses in:

  • Child development
  • Speech and language 
  • Resilience 
  • Nutrition and more! 
For more information and to apply contact: childsupport@ctdclearningplace.com

Eligibility Criteria

Must be 18 years of age or older, unemployed and not registered in other training or education programs. The views expressed are the views of the CTDC and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province. This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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