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Child and Youth Care Worker

Many young people are dealing with neglect, abuse, emotional distress, family dysfunction, and failure in their lives. This results in social, emotional, or behavioural problems surfacing in the family, the classroom, and the community.

As a trained child and youth care worker, you will have the ability to identify the needs of youth, develop a therapeutic rapport with them, and design programs and interventions that help build their well-being and competence. You are compassionate, but firm. And you understand that helping the child means supporting the whole family.  A strength-based philosophy committed to creating competence in youth is the cornerstone of the program curriculum.

This two-year program will prepare you for a meaningful career helping youth and their families overcome problems. You’ll get hands-on experience through supervised on the job placements. You may be asked to provide a recent (less than six-months-old) criminal records check for these placements. Also, if you wish to use your own vehicle to transport clients throughout the practicum, you will need auto insurance coverage of $2 million.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to go to work in a variety of settings, or you may choose to put your diploma toward a degree through one of our degree pathways.


Program Facts

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

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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.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English*, minimum 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
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • (Please keep a copy of your criminal record check for your records.)
  • 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
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer
  • Completion of a program questionnaire
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) Certificate
  • Resumé 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

University credits in psychology and sociology and/or post-secondary diplomas or degrees will enhance application.

NOTE: It is recommended that you have up to date Hep B immunizations.
*Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for this program are encouraged to apply. Successful completion of TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) may be used as a consideration of acceptance.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

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

For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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