Renewing your certification demonstrates your continued support of the field and ongoing development as a professional. Renewal is completed every two years and must be completed before the anniversary of the certificate issue date for a certificate to remain active.
Below are the continuing education and professional engagement requirements to be submitted with your renewal.
Renewal requirements include (a) documentation of 30 hours of continuing education in at least two of the competency domains or (b) documentation completion of two of the six alternate activities listed below.
Continuing education may include in-service training, college and university courses, seminars and other learning opportunities that meet the following criteria:
- Completed within the two-year renewal cycle
- Relevant to at least two of the competency domains
- Documented through a certificate, transcript, agency training record, registration form, or other credible document that includes the title, duration, date of completion, participant name, and instructor name
Documentation that demonstrates any two of the alternate activities (see below) which total 30 hours of activity were accomplished during the renewal period may also be used to meet the continuing education requirement.
Provide proof of professional engagement through membership in a professional association or document completion of two of the six alternate activities listed below.
Professional engagement may be demonstrated through a copy of current membership card, certificate, or other proof of membership in a professional association which meets the following criteria:
- Offers individual membership (agency membership in an organization does not meet the requirement for professional membership)
- Supports professionalization of child and youth care practitioners (with the understanding that this can be a passive stance)
- Endorses the Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals or offers a similarly constructed code of ethics
- Represents and advocates for child and youth care practitioners
- Offers opportunities to keep up-to-date with developments in foundational and specialized areas of child and youth care practice and participate in education and training opportunities
Documentation that demonstrates any two of the alternate activities (see below) were accomplished during renewal period may also be used to meet the professional engagement requirement.
Alternative Options for Continuing Education and/or Professional Engagement
To receive credit, activities from at least 2 of the 6 areas described below must be documented. Training and education classes/courses can only be counted once in each 2-year reporting period. These can be submitted again in a subsequent 2-year period if the class/course was again taught during that time period. The activities must include at least 30 hours of activity. The same activity may not be submitted as demonstration of both Professional Engagement and Continuing Education simultaneously.
- Research: Listing as an investigator or contributor to research a project related to child and youth care practice. (Demonstrated by a letter from principle investigator confirming role in project or copy of research document listing practitioner as contributor.)
- Training: Conducting 10 hours of training relevant to child and youth care practice. (Demonstrated by a letter from supervising authority that training was conducted; training announcement or equivalent documentation.)
- Education: Teaching a 3 credit hour college course relevant to child and youth care practice. (Demonstrated by a letter from university authority verifying the course, course catalog page, or brochure describing course.)
- Publication: Publishing material relevant to child and youth care practice in a journal, or newsletter that meets reasonable standards for professional publication. (Demonstrated by submission of the material published or citation describing material.)
- Leadership: Holding an office, committee membership or chairpersonship in a child and youth care organization; participating on a task force or committee (outside of the practitioner’s employing organization) focused on child and youth care issues. (Demonstrated by a letter or document verifying participation from the sponsoring entity verifying participation or name printed in letterhead or brochure.)
- Presentations: Presenting at a regional, state, national or international meeting or conference on topic related to child and youth care practice. (Demonstrated by a letter of acceptance of presentation or announcement of meeting listing presentation.)