Direct Support Worker

NOTE: References to the course also include Direct Service Provider, Disability Support Worker, Direct Support Professional and Support Staff.

Red River College Polytechnic has launched a new accelerated, self-directed online course to help recruit and train staff on behalf of community-based agencies that provide services and supports to Manitobans with disabilities.

The week-long, tuition-free course provides students with the knowledge required to work as Direct Support Workers / Direct Service Providers in the many employment opportunities that are immediately available across Manitoba.

Registration is available for individuals and agencies.

Course Information

The course is being offered to meet the immediate need of hiring qualified Manitobans to provide residential care and direct support to adults with intellectual disabilities, playing an important part in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

It is being delivered online in its entirety over one week, but will have some flexibility to complete based on your own schedule – up to three weeks to complete the 45-hour course (asynchronously).

The course focuses on the fundamentals of disability support work and developing an understanding of the necessary responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of residents. This may include helping with daily household tasks, supporting life-skills development and providing companionship. The course is divided into several modules that include reading, videos, interactive activities and assignments. Students will have access to an instructor for support. The program will also include practical components that students can take to their workplace for completion.

Sections run on a weekly basis and students will earn a Statement of Achievement upon completion of the course.

Modules and Assessment

Goals and learning outcomes are provided with each of the course’s modules.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants for employment must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Good written and oral English skills
  • 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Possess a current or recent First Aid certificate, or a willingness to obtain one
  • Provide an adult abuse registry check and clear criminal record check
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to develop connections with others
  • Have interest in or experience working with vulnerable people
  • Have a flexible schedule and able to start working quickly
  • Have a computer, headset and Internet access

How to Enroll

This course was developed to support the Government of Manitoba’s Direct Service Provider Rapid Recruitment Initiative. This initiative aims to identify individuals who are ready for employment, connect them with immediate job opportunities across the province and provide them with this unique opportunity to expand their skills.

This initiative will be supported by an innovative online platform called envoyy that connects verified direct service providers with community agencies and families across the province who require support.


NOTE: Individual referrals are not available at this time. For more information, contact the Province of Manitoba.
Individuals can be referred to this Red River College Polytechnic course either once they register with envoyy, or once they are hired by a community agency.

Register with envoyy to begin your search for immediate employment.

Register Via Disability Recruitment MB


NOTE: Agency referrals are not available at this time. For more information, contact the Province of Manitoba.
Agencies may choose to submit existing employees or individuals for referral by visiting the Disability Recruitment MB website or completing the web form below.

Submissions are due every week, by Wednesday at noon, and will be treated on a first come, first served basis.

Refer Via Disability Recruitment MB Refer Via Web Form

Additional Information

Questions about the course can be directed to Red River College Polytechnic by calling 204.694.1789 or emailing