Child and Youth Care Worker

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level

  • Grade 12 academic English* minimum of 65%

  • Candidates must be out of high school at least one year before applying to this program due to the nature of the work and the age range of the clientele serviced by a child and youth care worker

  • Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer or teacher, not a family member

  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt

  • Applicants must participate in an interview which will be conducted by program staff and include a written assignment

  • A minimum of 250 hours paid work or volunteer experience with youth ages 8-18. Babysitting hours are not acceptable. NOTE: All 250 hours of relevant work or volunteer experience must be received by Admissions before an interview will be scheduled. Related form

  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider

  • Completion of a program questionnaire

  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate

  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Note: Post-secondary diplomas, degrees, or psychology/sociology credits will enhance application.  Hep B Immunizations are recommended.

If you do not meet the academic requirements, you can still apply. Contact Admissions about the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES).

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,604 $ 2,726
Lab Fee $ 345 $ 50
Student Union $168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $410 $ 410
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Additional Courses $ 50 $
Graduation Fee $ – $ 90
Total $5,867 $ 3,524
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 2,520 $ 2,879
2ndinstallment due January 7 $ 3,137 $ 645
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,800 $
Materials/Supplies $ 400 $
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $150 $
Total $ 2,350 $

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Government or private agencies

  • Crisis assessment centres

  • Young offender facilities

  • Residential treatment programs

  • Group homes

  • Schools

  • Day programs

  • Various community-based, youth-oriented programs

  • Family preservation programs

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

The Child and Youth Care Worker program will prepare you for a meaningful career helping at-risk youth and their families overcome complex issues. Through courses in counselling, case management, child welfare, intervention, and program development, you will learn how to identify clients’ needs, and develop strategies to support them and their families.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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