Holland College | Child and Youth Care Worker



Child and Youth Care Worker

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level

  • Grade 12 academic English* minimum of 65%

  • Applicants 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 a teacher, not from a family member (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt

  • A minimum of 100 hours paid work or volunteer experience with youth ages 8-18. Babysitting hours are not acceptable. Volunteer Experience Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)

  • All applicants will receive an invitation to attend a Child and Youth Care Worker program information session. It is important for you to attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider

  • 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.  Hepatitis 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).

Fees for the academic year 2019/2020. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student fee is an additional $4000 per year (includes International Health Fee).
International Student fee is due on first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,741 $ 2,783
Lab Fee $ 345 $ 50
Student Union $168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $410 $ 410
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Additional Courses $ 50 $
Graduation Fee $ – $ 90
Total $5,794 $ 3,591
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 2,598 $ 2,931
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 3,196 $ 660
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,800 $
Materials/Supplies $ 400 $
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $150 $
Total $ 2,350 $

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

Degree Pathways

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

Program Overview

The Child and Youth Care Worker program will prepare 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.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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