Child and Youth Care Certification

altNational Safe Place Network is pleased to partner with the Academy for Competent Youth Work to provide Child and Youth Care (CYC) Certification training. The Academy for Competent Youth Work is effectively transforming the practice of child and youth care by focusing on these core goals: 1) Prepare a competent, international youth care workforce; 2) Help youth care organizations develop and implement research-based best practices; 3) Advocate for quality services for children, youth, and families; and 4) Advocate on behalf of Child and Youth Care Practitioners. 

Through this partnership, NSPN will officially offer the "Child and Youth Care: Foundations" course and certification exam. Participants may pursue certification at the Basic and Associate levels (national certification) or the Professional level (international certification). To learn more about the CYC Certification, please visit

There are many benefits to becoming a certified youth care worker:

  • Receive the benefits of high-quality, cost-effective training that builds on individual experiences of child and youth workers.
  • Become part of a competent, certified group of child and youth care workers advancing the youth services field.
  • Individuals with varying levels of experience are welcome.
  • Discounted course registration fees available for NSPN members and licensed Safe Place agencies. Course registration is free for FYSB-funded RHY grantee agencies.

The "Child and Youth Care: Foundations" course is eight 5-hour modules that include the following topics:

  • Introduction to Professional CYC Practice
  • Professional Ethics and Regulation
  • Brain-based Guidance Techniques
  • Assessment and Documentation
  • Communication
  • Developmentally-based Programming
  • Relationship Development
  • Group Work
  • Activity Development and Leadership
  • Supervising Children and Youth
  • Cultural Diversity

Have questions?  

Download the Child and Youth Care: Foundations course and pricing pricing guide or contact April Carthorn at

Information Flyer

Pricing Guide

Upcoming CYC Training: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Course Dates:
Part 1: Wednesday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Friday, May 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Thursday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Optional Certification Exam: Friday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note: Participants MUST attend both three day training sessions. If unable to attend BOTH sessions, please do not register for this specific training time. 

Training Location
Saint Aiden's Episcopal Church
3201 Edinburgh Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

Registration Fee*
Base fee: $600
NSPN Member: $450 (25% discount)
NSPN Professional Development Member: $300 (50% discount)
Current RHY Grantee (funded staff): Free

*Registration fee includes the cost of the course and workbook. It does not include an additional fee for certification testing at the end of the course. Participants are responsible for travel costs, including food, hotel, and transportation.

Register today:

Download the Child and Youth Care: Foundations course informational flyer and pricing guide above or contact Kim Frierson at 502.635.3660.