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Child and Youth Care Worker

This program prepares you for a meaningful career helping at-risk youth and their families overcome complex issues. Through courses in counselling, case management, child
welfare, intervention, and program development, you will learn how to identify clients’ needs, and develop strategies to support them and their families.






Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Child and Youth Care Worker
Minimum passing grade per course: 70%

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English* minimum of 65%
  • Candidates must be out of high school at least one year before applying to this program due to the nature of the work and the age range of the clientele serviced by a child and youth care worker
  • Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer or teacher, not a family member
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
  • Applicants must participate in an interview which will be conducted by program staff and include a written assignment
  • A minimum of 250 hours paid work or volunteer experience with youth ages 8-18. Babysitting hours are not acceptable. NOTE: All 250 hours of relevant work or volunteer experience must be received by Admissions before an interview will be scheduled. Related form
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider
  • Completion of a program questionnaire
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Note: Post-secondary diplomas, degrees, or psychology/sociology credits will enhance application.  Hep B Immunizations are recommended.

If you do not meet the academic requirements, you can still apply. Contact Admissions about the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES).

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Government or private agencies
  • Crisis assessment centres
  • Young offender facilities
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Group homes
  • Schools
  • Day programs
  • Various community-based, youth-oriented programs
  • Family preservation programs

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Child and Youth Care Worker program, contact:

  • Andrew MacLaine (902) 566-9622
  • Health & Community Studies Office (902) 566-9564

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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