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.

Congratulations Indiana- there are currently 250 certified practitioners in our state! (See the list of Indiana agencies who employ certified youth workers.)

Steps to 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:

Indiana online APPLICATION LINK  

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

  • Application processing fee (or indicate scholarship information)
  • Level of CYC Certification applying for
  • Work history
  • Education level
  • Training hours log (list indicating competencies)
  • Taining/ education documentation (certificates/ transcripts)
  • Supervisor reference
  • Two Colleague references
  • Proof of membership in a professional association
  • Portfolio (Professional level only)
  • Sign eligibility & agreement statement

3. Schedule Testing:

 Click here to view the events calendar with exam dates or REGISTER for the exam. 

4. Complete Testing:

Upon completion of testing, practitioners will be notified by mail of test results, usually within 2-3 weeks.  


Additional Resources:

Contact for Director of Indiana CYC Certification- Jeananne Reich: (317)238-6955 x207