2012 Certification Updates

EMAIL NOTIFICATION
Over the next year the CYC Certification Institute will convert all communication to email notifications. This is being done to reduce operating costs so we can keep certification fees low. We need your help in providing us with a reliable email address and by notifying the office whenever you change address.  

RECOGNITION AND RECIPROCITY
The Entry and Associate level certifications offered by the CYC Certification Institute in partnership with the national CYC Certification Board are part of the national linked professional development system. If you move to any of the following states, contact our office for instructions on how to register your certification in these states: Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.  Work is underway with major national organizations to expand recognition throughout the United States and Canada.

TESTING AVAILABILITY
Testing is now available on-line throughout the United States and Canada in 250 CYC Institute and ACT Testing Centers. To schedule testing, visit the CYC On-line Testing Center at
or contact the CYC office. 

ON-LINE INFORMATION
The CYC Certification Institute Website is undergoing a full revision. If you need access to forms or updates and cannot access the website, please contact our office at (979) 764-7306. The website will periodically be down.

COMPETENCY CROSSWALK

The competencies upon which the CYC Certification Institute program is based have been crosswalked (compared) to the competencies contained in the
Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (2010) and the Nationally Recognized Core Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals. The conclusion of the ad hoc committee is that the competencies are substantially congruent and describe the same field of practice. This has opened the door for further collaboration across practice setting including: juvenile justice, after school, residential, foster care and disabilities. The CYC Certification Institute system has discontinued use of the competency descriptions previously used.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

CHANGES TO CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
As a partner to the CYCCB national linked certification system, the CYC Certification Institute modifies certification requirements so that they continue to offer a seamless professional development ladder from entry to full professional levels. The following changes have been made:

Renewal fees are $35 for each 2-year cycle. Payment is due when the renewal application is processed.

Proof of current First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
are no longer required when applying for certification or upon renewal of a certificate.

The competencies
embedded into the certification system and requirements have been changed to the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (2010) to better align with the national system
.

Renewal Requirements
have been expanded to allow for alternative demonstrations of continuing education and professional engagement. The following options are now available:


Continuing Education - (this is also available on the Professional Level page ->
Professional practice requires on-going learning to stay abreast of changes and developments in the field. In each two-year renewal period, certified practitioners document completion of 30 hours of continuing education. Practitioners can include agency in-service training, college and university courses, seminars and other learning opportunities if they meet the following criteria: 

  1. Is relevant to the certification competencies as described in the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (2010). Practitioners submit documentation of continuing education from at least two of the five competency domains.
     
  2. Offers a certificate, transcript, agency training record, registration form, or other credible document that states the name of the training/education, date completed, name of the practitioner, name of the instructor, and total number of hours included. A wide variety of documentation is accepted but must be relevant to the required competencies.
  3. Was completed during the 2-year renewal period.


Alternative Continuing Education Demonstration
The CYC Certification Institute recognizes that much learning is accomplished while conducting research, teaching, publishing, providing leadership, and making professional presentations. The Institute will accept any two of the following in lieu of the 30 required continuing education hours during a 2 year renewal period by documentation of:

Research: Listing as an investigator or contributor to research a project related to child and youth care practice. Demonstrated by: 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: 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: Letter from university authority verifying the course, course catalogue 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 .


NOTE:
To receive credit, activities from at least 2 of the 6 areas described above 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.

 

Professional Engagement Professionals need up-to-date information on practice issues, need to be connected to the professional community, and be active in the development of the field. Any of the activities described below can be used as evidence of professional engagement. Most desirable would be evidence that practitioners are involved in the development of the field through publications, development of the body of knowledge, research, leadership, teaching, presentations and advocacy for the professional community.


Professional Association Membership:   Membership in a relevant professional association connects practitioners to up-to-date information on practice issues and provides a means for participating in the profession. The following organizations are recognized by the Institute: Texas Youth and Child Care Worker Association, Texas Network of Youth Services, Texas After School Association, Texas Juvenile Detention Association, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Texas Foster Family Association, Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, and Louisiana Association of Child Care Agencies.

If you live outside of Texas and want to use a relevant association in your state, the organization you list must meet the following criteria:

1) Offers individual membership (agency membership in an organization does not meet the requirement for professional membership). The practitioner must have an individual membership.

2) Supports professionalization of child and youth care practitioners (with the understanding that this can be a passive stance).

3) Offers an ethics code for practitioners and/or endorses the Standards for Practice of North American CYC Professionals.

4) Represents and advocates for child and youth care practitioners.

5) 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.
Demonstrated by: practitioner submits a copy of current membership card, certificate or other proof of membership issued by the association in the name of the practitioner.

Alternative Demonstration of Professional Engagement: Alternative demonstration of professional engagement can be accomplished by submitting documentation that shows that any two (2) of the following were accomplished during the renewal period:

Research: Listing as an investigator or contributor to research a project related to child and youth care practice. Demonstrated by: 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: 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: Letter from university authority verifying the course, course catalogue 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
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NOTE: The same activity may not be submitted as demonstration of both Professional Engagement and Continuing Education simultaneously.

Copyright c 2014 Child & Youth Care Worker Certification Institute, Inc.

Professional Certification renewal can be done through the  CYCCB website here .  

Copyright c 2014 Child & Youth Care Worker Certification Institute, Inc.

EMAIL NOTIFICATION
Over the next year the CYC Certification Institute will convert all communication to email . . . more

RECOGNITION AND RECIPROCITY
The Entry and Associate level certifications offered by the CYC Certification Institute in partnership with the national CYC Certification Board are . . . more

TESTING AVAILABILITY
Testing is now available on-line throughout the United States and . . . more

ON-LINE INFORMATION
The CYC Certification Institute Website is undergoing a full revision. If you need . . . more

COMPETENCY CROSSWALK
The competencies upon which the CYC Certification Institute program is based have . . . more

CHANGES TO CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

As a partner to the CYCCB national linked certification system. . . more

Renewal fees are. . . more

Proof of current First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
are no. . . more  

The competencies embedded into . . . more

Renewal Requirements
have been. . . more

Continuing Education - (this is also available on the Professional Level page ->
Professional practice requires. . . more

Alternative Continuing Education Demonstration
The CYC Certification Institute recognizes that much learning. . . more

Professional Engagement
Professionals need up-to-date information on practice issues, need to. . . more

Professional Association Membership: Membership in a relevant professional association . . . more

Alternative Demonstration of Professional Engagement: Alternative demonstration of professional engagement can be accomplished by. . . more

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