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)
  • 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

Post-secondary diplomas, degrees, or psychology/sociology credits will enhance application. Hepatitis B immunizations are recommended.

Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,846 $ 2,845
Lab Fee $ 345 $ 50
Student Union $168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $420 $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Additional Courses $ 50  
Graduation Fee $ – $ 100
Total $5,909 $ 3,663
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 2,647 $ 2,988
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 3,262 $ 675
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.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre. Click here to take a virtual tour.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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