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Certification Information

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Determine Certification Level:

Explore the certification levels and determine which one best describes your experience, education and training. You can test at whichever level is the best fit. It is not necessary to complete testing at a lower level before taking a higher level exam. You cannot be certified unless you meet all of the requirements for a specific level.

Schedule Testing:

Proctored testing is available in New England, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, & Wyoming. On-line testing is available nationally in proctored test sites. Testing is also available in Canada. Testing opportunities may be available in states not listed above. Call the CYC Office (979-764-7306) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Complete Testing:
Upon completion of testing, practitioners will be notified of test results. Practitioners who pass the exam can apply for certification.

Complete Application:
To complete the certification process, practitioners who have completed testing submit:

  • Complete application
  • Pay application processing fee
  • Sign eligibility statement
  • Sign agreeing to use the Standards for Practice ethics code
  • Submit colleague references
  • Submit training/education documentation
  • Document professional association membership
  • Complete supervisory assessment (Associate & Professional levels only)
  • Submit electronic portfolio (Professional level only) 

Training Sources

The certification program recognizes training received from a variety of sources, including:

  • Agency in-service training.
  • College and university education programs.
  • Seminars, conferences and regional training events.
  • Courses offered by the Academy for Competent Youth Work.

Timing & Deadlines:
Applicants have up to 6 months (Professional) or 1 year (Entry & Associate) following date of testing to submit an application. Submission time for a Professional application can be extended to 1 year by paying an additional fee.

Save The Dates!

19th Annual Youth Worker Awards Ceremony

May 9th 2019
Doubletree Hotel Downtown Milwaukee


 Annual Youth Work Conference

June 11th 2019
Cardinal Strich University Milwaukee

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 Thank A Youth Worker Day

May 9th 2019

The School of Continuing Education Youth Work Learning Center

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