The Certification Process

The Certification Process

Please note: The certification process below describes the process for Child and Youth Care Counsellors working within the scope of practice. If you are a Child Care Worker working in a daycare facility this is not within our scope of practice please find your certification process at this website Child care staff certification

To be recognized as a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor there are two processes.

Process 1

Child and Youth Care Counsellors who have either a Child and Youth Care Diploma or Degree from any accredited University or College.
  1. Be employed within the scope of practice for a minimum of 2000 hours or 1 year. Please read the CYCAA Scope of Practice Information.
  2. Be a member in good standing. Cost $100 – Membership Application Online Form
  3. Complete the Registration for Certification Form. Ensure that your supervisor and a manager or administrator has signed the form. If you are self-employed please contact the office. Cost $90 – Registration for Certification Online Form
  4. Submit your completed forms with a copy of your diploma or degree.
  5. Your application will be reviewed by a Certification Coordinator and if the certification criteria have been met you will be notified. A certification fee will be requested $70.

Process 2

For members from other educational backgrounds.
  1. Be employed within the scope of practice for a minimum of 2080 hours or 1 year. Please read the CYCAA Scope of Practice Information.
  2. Be a member in good standing. Cost $100 – Membership Application Online Form
  3. Complete the Registration for Certification Form. Ensure that your supervisor and a manager or administrator has signed the form. If you are self-employed please contact the office Cost $90 – Registration for Certification Online Form
  4. Intermediate Certification- The Certification Manual is available within Module 2-1 of the online learning system. In the manual, you will find the focus areas for your Intermediate Exam. Review each focus area and select the 2 focus areas from group A that are most suited to the work that you do. Then select 1 focus area from group B and 1 from group C. The online modules will assist in guiding you through the expectations of each focus area and provide you with a clear understanding of the knowledge required to be a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor. After completing your studies complete the  Application for Intermediate Certification Online Form Cost of the Intermediate Exam is $135. The exam will be emailed to the exam supervisor specified on your Registration Form.
  5. After successfully completing the Intermediate Certification Exam your next and final step will be to complete the Application for Full Certification Online Form Cost of the Oral Exam is $135. This exam can be taken in either Calgary or Edmonton. SKYPE is also available for members who are not in a position to travel to either location.
  6. After your oral exam has been successfully completed there will be a $70 Certification Fee.

Certified Members

Maintaining your Membership and Certification
  1. The annual dues for a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor due June 1st of each year. Cost $170 – Membership Renewal Online Form, please choose “Membership renewal and Certification Fee” from the drop-down.
  2. The first year is pro-rated from the date of certification.
  3. Every two years a Maintenance of Certification Online Form is required documenting the education, workshops, and conferences attended. It is important for certified members to update their education constantly.
  4. An Endorsement of Supervisor and Agency Form is required to be sent in with your Maintenance Certification Form.