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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, students learn strategies to identify needs, and develop strategies to support youth and their families. In your second year, you will work within the public education system to identify the needs of at-risk groups and to develop programs to support students. Child and youth care workers are in high demand in a variety of work environments, including mental health and addictions facilities, child and family services, justice, and other community based organizations.


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 trainer
  • 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.

*Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for this program are encouraged to apply. Successful completion of Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) may be used as a consideration of acceptance.

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

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 4212.

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Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

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

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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