Professional Certification

Professional Certification

For over 25 years, the Ohio Association of Child & Youth Professionals has certified hundreds of individuals as Child & Youth Care Workers.

The Ohio Association recently adopted a new child and youth care worker certification process.  The Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals, Inc. (OACYCP) offers competency based testing and professional certification for individuals working with children, youth and families through the Child & Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB) and Child & Youth Care Certification Institute (CYC Institute). The CYC Institute offers the Entry Level (CYC) and Associate Level (CYC-A) certifications in collaboration with CYCCB. CYCCB offers Professional Level Certification(CYC-P) to individuals who can demonstrate the full set of competencies required for professional CYC practice. The credentials offer career development beginning at the entry-level and extending through fully competent practice.

Entry Level and Associate Level certification information and forms are available at or by contacting the CYC Certification Institute at (979) 764-7306.

Professional Level certification information and forms are available at

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“Research indicates that one of the most important factors that influences outcomes for children and youth is the competence of the workforce.” – Child & Youth Certification Board

Competencies of Child and Youth Care Professionals

  1. Professionalism
  2. Cultural and Human Diversity
  3. Applied Human Development
  4. Relationships and Communication
  5. Developmental Practice Methods