What is certification?

The Certification Committee, which oversees the certification process for Child and Youth Care Counsellors(CYCC), has particular educational and practice standards that are met by the CYC wishing to become certified. The certification process is rigorous in relation to the strict practice/supervision hours and the increased educational component of the process, reflective of the complex nature of the work undertaken by the Child and Youth Care Counsellor.

The certified CYCC has demonstrated an expansive knowledge in a variety of theoretical frameworks as well as the ability to apply these when working with children and families. Additionally, the certified CYCC considers the environmental factors within the life space and the impact of that environment on the child, youth or family receiving service. The foundation of all effective Child and Youth Care practice is the ability to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with the child, youth and/or family, encouraging growth.

To achieve Certification, Child and Youth Care counsellors progress through a four-stage process which includes membership, registration, intermediate certification and full certification statuses. Each has specific eligibility criteria that must be met.

If you have a Child and Youth Care Diploma or Degree the process is membership, registration and request exemption from the written and oral exam. Please provide a copy of your degree or diploma and a registration form.

Are you a Supervisor?

Supervisors who wish to learn more about the certification process have the following recourses at their disposal:

Supervisor Manual – In the process of being updated.  If you need to see this please contact the office.
Supervisor Assessment Tool – In the process of being updated.  If you need to see this please contact the office.
Core Attitudes in Child and Youth Care Practice