Child and Youth Care Worker Certification
This certification is a national credential for child and youth care work practitioners. It is based on a three-tiered system beginning with the Entry Level and includes Associate, and Professional levels.
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 test at whichever level is the best fit. It is not necessary to complete testing at a lower level before taking a higher level exam. 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
Submit work history
Submit training/education documentation (certificates)
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:
4. Complete Testing:
Upon completion of testing, practitioners will be notified of test results.