Key Findings

Certified workers are 2.7 times more likely to be high performing practitioners than uncertified (Curry et al., 2013).

The certification exam is predictive of child and youth worker competence/performance on the job across practice settings (Curry et al., 2009).

The exam and other components of the certification process assess competencies determined by a meta-analysis of 87 sets of competencies in North America. This meta-analysis led to the development of the North American Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners. To ensure content validity, these competencies guided the development of each assessment component in the CYCCB certification program (Curry et al., 2009; Eckles et al., 2009; Mattingly, Stuart, & VanderVen, 2002, 2010).

The exam has a high degree of internal reliability-Cronbach’s alpha = .90 and appears to assess one general construct of professional CYW judgment (Curry et al., 2013; Curry et al., 2009; Child and Youth Care Certification Board, 2011).

The exam has a high degree of face validity across practice settings. For example, 90% of practitioners agree that the exam accurately assesses important aspects of CYW and 90% agree that the exam’s case examples provide realistic samples of CYW (Curry, et al., 2009).

The major components of CYCCB certification (education, experience, passing score on the exam, completion of certification including the portfolio) are each predictive of CYW performance. Each component progressively predicts performance-an indication of the incremental validity of the certification process (Curry et al., 2013).