Suggested implementation practices

Educational institutions and programs are encouraged to integrate the certification process in their curriculum and encourage their students to pursue professional certification. Use of the competencies, code of ethics, and certification forms in classwork is both permitted and encouraged. In all materials related to certification, please include the full name of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board and website ( so that people are aware of how to access resources and updates to the process.

The following items are suggested practices for higher education and organizations who desire to integrate certification of practitioners into their programs or workforce development initiatives.

Higher Education Schools and Universities

  • Description of certificate, diploma, or degree program integrates competencies and certification process into program
  • Course outlines use language to incorporate competencies in courses – program outcomes incorporate competencies
  • Assignments and assessments support learners to increase their understanding of and application of and articulation of the competencies

Child & Youth Care Organizations

  • In-service and continuing education content is aligned with competency domains (e.g. descriptions of training include specific competency domains which are addresses)
  • Performance evaluations and supervision practices focus on developing areas of competencies
  • Interviewing and selection of workers includes inquiry of experience related to competencies
  • Administrative practices promote certification and remove or reduce barriers to certification (e.g. assistance/reimbursement of fees, time scheduled for ongoing training)
  • Importance and value of professional development actively communicated by leadership
  • Program staffing include a specific percentage (determined by organization) of certified child and youth care practitioners
  • Organizations is involved in advocacy for professional certification within and beyond its own programs
  • Encourages certified practitioners to serve as mentors supporting other staff through the certification process
  • Management informs practitioners of opportunity for certification
  • Pay exam and application fees for employees
  • Provide pay increase for practitioners achieving full certification