Child and Youth Care Certification Youth Worker Credential

Child and Youth Care Worker (CYC) Certification

This certification is a national credential for child and youth care work practitioners. It is based on a three-tiered system beginning with Entry Level and includes Associate and Professional Levels.
CYC certification allows practitioners to demonstrate their development as professionals and participate in true career development. Over time, practitioners can combine in-service training, formal education and work experience to qualify for increasingly advanced positions. Or they can continue to work in the same setting with the ability to meet a wider range of youth needs.

Applying for Certification

1. Determine Certification Level:

Explore the certification levels and determine which one best describes your experience, education and training. You can apply to whichever level is the best fit. It is not necessary to complete Entry Level before obtaining a higher level. You cannot be certified unless you meet all of the requirements for a specific level.

2. Complete Application:

To complete the certification process, practitioners in Indiana will first submit the Application which includes:

  • Pay application processing fee (or indicate scholarship information)

  • Submit work history

  • Submit training/education documentation (certificates)

  • Submit training hours (indicating competencies)
  • Submit supervisor name for reference

  • Submit colleague names for references

  • Document professional association membership

  • Sign eligibility & agreement statement

  • Submit electronic portfolio (Professional level only)

3. Schedule Testing:

Many exam dates are scheduled across Indiana. Click here to see the dates closest to you.

4. Complete Testing:

Upon completion of testing, practitioners will be notified of test results. 

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