General description:The CYC-P Professional Certification was developed by the North American Certification Project (NACP) sponsored by the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice. (ACYCP). The work was supported by:
Albert E. Trieschman Center;
Association for Child and Youth Care Practice;
Child Welfare League of America;
Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations;
International Leadership Coalition for Professional Child and Youth Care Work;
National Resource Center for Youth Services;
Texas Youth and Child Care Worker Association; and
Child and Youth Care Worker Certification Institute of Texas.
The CYC-P credential is the third level of the CYC Institute certification system. Practitioners credentialed in Texas are eligible for reciprocity in other states and in Canada.
CYC-P - Professional Level Certification
The Professional Level Certification is designed for practitioners who demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills described in the five domains of the competency document. This is the highest certification level in the field and is based on extensive demonstration of competence. It is designed for practitioners who:
Demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills needed for competent practice. Practitioners often have work experience in multiple practice settings in a variety of direct care, supervisory, programmatic, and administrative capacities.
Graduate from baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree programs based on the five competency domains. Graduates who test upon completion of the degree program may qualify for Provisional Certification.
Provide supervision to relatively large groups of staff or serve as a program developer, administrator, senior supervisor, researcher, trainer or educator.
Have a minimum of five (5) years experience working with children, youth & families (less with higher educational attainment).
Are employed in a variety of settings including: early care and education, after school, treatment centers, schools, group homes, emergency shelters, disabilities programs, juvenile justice, transitional living and community youth serving organizations
Higher Education and Experience:
No degree AND 10,000 hours (five years) of documented experience in direct child/youth care practice.
Completion of an Associate Degree from a regionally accredited college program AND 6,000 hours (three years) documented experience.
Completion of Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited college or university AND 4,000 hours (two years) documented experience.
Completion of a Masters Degree from a regionally accredited college or university AND 2,000 hours (one year) documented experience.
Completion of a Canadian 2-year CYC diploma from a regionally accredited college and 6000 hours (3 years) of documented experience including the internship / practicum / placement hours included in the diploma program.
Completion of a Canadian 3-year CYC diploma from a regionally accredited college and 5000 hours (2.5 years) of documented experience including the internship / practicum / placement hours included in the diploma program.
Applicants must document a minimum of 250 hours of training/education that are directly related to the 5 competency domains. At least 100 of these hours must have occurred during the preceding five (5) years. A minimum number of training hours are required in each competency area: College class hours can be counted (typically 1 credit hour=16 classroom hours).
Professionalism 20 hour minimum
Cultural and Human Diversity 20 hour minimum
Applied Human Development 20 hour minimum
Relationship & Communication 40 hour minimum
Developmental Practice Methods 80 hour minimum
Other (not assigned to specific domain) 70 hours minimum
College class hours can be counted (typically 1 credit hour = 16 classroom hours)
Passing score on the Professional Certification Examination;
Two (2) letters of reference from co-workers who have known the applicant for 6 months or longer.
Completion of one (1) Supervisor Assessment by a supervisory level practitioner who has extesive, direct knowledge of the applicant's work with youth.
Satisfactory completion of electronic portfolio.
Individual membership in a recognized professional association.
Applicants must receive a passing score on the CYC-P exam before submitting
I have read and agree to abide by the Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals. I understand that my adherence to these standards of practice does not restrict my use of other codes relevant to my practice or employment.
Application Form 2.3
Colleague Reference Form 2.2
Supervisor Reference Form 2.2
Electronic Portfolio Guidelines
Electronic Portfolio Template (WORD)
Renewal of the certificate is required every two (2) years. Retesting is not required. The first year of each renewal cycle practitioners update their contact information. The second year of the cycle the following documentation must be submitted with payment of renewal fee: completion of fifteen (15) hours per year (30 hours total) of Continuing Education in 2 of the content domains described in the core competency document, and current individual membership in a recognized professional association. An alternative demonstration method is available. Follow this link for more information.
The Professional Level Certification sponsored by the CYC Certification Board is available in all states and in Canada. The certificate is recognized by the professional associations in Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The certificate is recognized in Canada in the provinces of Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. The CYC-P credential is included in the certification programs offered by each of these associations.
$135 - Testing as part of a training program, conference program, on-line at a CYCCB proctored site, or when testing at the CYC Office.
$100 - Application processing fee (submitted with application).
$50 - Renewal fee paid on 2-year cycle
$20 - Application Extension Fee
The Professional Level Certification is provided by the national Child and Youth Care Certification Board.