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									 Where Do I Go From Here
(and How Do I Get There)?

       Professional Certifications for
              Youth Workers
  the NAWDP Career Pathways Initiative

                         Presented by Keith M. Hensley, CWDP
                         NAWDP Chair
                    Why Certification?
1. Regardless of the level of your position, certification affirms your commitment to
    the profession.

2. Pursuing a certification is not just about landing a better job (although that can certainly
    be one of the perks) it's about acknowledging what you don't know and
    challenging yourself to learn more. That's a great exercise that can lead to greater
    compassion and appreciation for anyone who supervises or mentors others.

3. The point of a certification program is to demonstrate excellence, so chances are the
    process is going to be tough. What you develop in the long hours of preparation is a
    strong bond with the people who share your pain. Think of those colleagues as a
    "life-long study group" that can provide a different perspective and advice just
    when you need it the most.

4. A credential is not just for personal provides credibility with leaders,
    colleagues, and the community. In a crowded job market, the credential helps a
    candidate stand out.

5. Individuals are serious about their careers when they commit to a credential. Research
     shows that organizations that recognize a credential gain more loyal and engaged

6. Individuals who earn a credential think about education in terms of lifelong learning.
     Challenging yourself to think more strategically or demonstrate technical expertise
     isn't a once-in-a-lifetime event, and employers respect that.
             History of Credentials and
             International Certification
•   Earliest Record: 18 BC in Egypt and Babylon. Training in “craft” skills was
    organized to ensure sufficient numbers of craftspeople.

•   Austria: Apprenticeship Training in Austria is organized in a Dual education system:
    company-based training of apprentices is complemented by compulsory attendance of a
    part-time vocational school for apprentices (Berufsschule).[6] It lasts two to four years - the
    duration varies between the 250 different legally recognized apprenticeship trades. About
    40 percent of all Austrian teenagers enter apprenticeship training upon completion of
    compulsory education (at age 15). This number has been stable since the 1950s.

•   France: In France, apprenticeships also developed between the ninth and thirteenth
    centuries, with guilds structured around apprentices, journeymen and master craftsmen,
    continuing in this way until 1791, when the guilds were suppressed. From 1919, young
    people had to take 150 hours of theory and general lessons in their subject a year. This
    minimum training time rose to 360 hours a year in 1961, then 400 in 1986.

•   Germany: Apprenticeships are part of Germany's dual education system, and as such
    form an integral part of many people's working life. Finding employment without having
    completed an apprenticeship is almost impossible. In Germany, there are 342 recognized trades
    (Ausbildungsberufe) where an apprenticeship can be completed.
Certification in the United States
•   The National Apprenticeship System was authorized in the National Apprenticeship
    Act of 1937.

•   National Skill Standards Project: Funded $15M in 1994. Purpose: The National
    Skill Standards Board was a coalition of community, business, labor, education, and
    civil rights leaders. It was tasked with building a national voluntary system of skill
    standards, assessment, and certification to enhance the ability of the United States
    workforce to compete effectively in the global economy.

•   SCANS: In 1990, the Secretary of Labor appointed a commission to determine the
    skills our young people need to succeed in the world of work. The commission's
    fundamental purpose was to encourage a high-performance economy characterized
    by high-skill, high-wage employment. Although the commission completed its work in
    1992, its findings and recommendations continue to be a valuable source of
    information for individuals and organizations involved in education and workforce
      Youth Certifications—U.S.
• Youth Worker Certification; Chicago/Illinois

• CT Youth Worker Certificate

• University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth
   National Residential Child & Youth Care Professional Trainer
   BEST Initiative, Boston—32 hour youth development training program
     Youth Certifications--Canada

•   Columbia College, a private vocational school in Calgary, offers a Human Service Professional program which may be taken
    full-time (25 weeks) or part-time (50 weeks). The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with a 60 per cent average, or

•   Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton offers a four year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program. Applicants must
    be at least 18 years of age and have a competitive average in English 30-1, Social Studies 30 and three other courses chosen
    from specified eligible courses.

•   Keyano College offers one year certificate and two year diploma programs in Aboriginal Child and Family Services in Edmonton.
    The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with English Language Arts 30-1 (or 65 per cent in ELA 30-2), or equivalent.

•   Lakeland College in Vermilion offers a two year Child and Youth Care diploma program. The entrance requirement is a high
    school diploma with at least a 65 per cent in English Language Arts 30-1 (or 80 per cent in ELA 30-2).

•   Lethbridge College offers a two year Child and Youth Care diploma program. The entrance requirement is a high school
    diploma with at least a 60 per cent in English Language Arts 30-1 (or 70 per cent in ELA 30-2), Social Studies 30 (or 70 per cent
    in Social Studies 33) and one other 30 level course, or equivalent. The College also offers a one year Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
    Disorder Education certificate program.

•   Medicine Hat College offers a two year Child and Youth Care Counsellor diploma program. The entrance requirement is a high
    school diploma with English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, one 30 or 31 level subject (including Applied Math 30) and three Grade
    12 subjects (maximum of five credits of CTS courses) or equivalent.

•   Mount Royal University in Calgary offers a two year Child Care Worker diploma program. The entrance requirement is a
    minimum of 19 years of age and a high school diploma with English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, or equivalent. The College also
    offers a four year applied degree program in Child Studies. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma with a
    competitive average in English Language Arts 30-1, Social Studies 30 and three other appropriate Grade 12 subjects.

•   Rocky Mountain College, a private vocational school in Calgary, offers a four year BA in Human Services degree program with a
    specialization in Child and Youth Care. The entrance requirement is a 65 per cent average in four 30 level courses.Contact
    school for specific entrance requirements.
    DOL Recognition—ONET Search
•   Recreation Workers
•   Directors, Religious Activities and Education
•   Social and Human Service Assistants
•   Clergy
•   Social Workers, All Other
•   Religious Workers, All Other
•   Child, Family, and School Social Workers
•   Social and Community Service Managers
•   Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
•   Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
•   Counselors, All Other
•   Farm and Home Management Advisors Green
•   Librarians
•   Correctional Officers and Jailers
•   Music Directors
•   Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
•   Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
•   Adaptive Physical Education Specialists
•   First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
•   First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Personal Service Workers
       National Youth Worker

• How do we get to the same place as
  Canada in recognizing a Workforce
  Development Professional and Youth
  Worker as a profession? NAWDP!
    Important Reading for Your Mental
•   The National Apprenticeship System of 1994:

• A Must Read: “America Works When America Works” White Paper,
   NAWDP Pathways Initiative
• Here by Choice, Not By Chance
• Purpose:
  – To formalize the industry sectors, occupations, and
    career ladders/lattices within the workforce
    development industry
  – To serve as a tool that will allow
     • Youth to plan for a career
     • Federal recognition of our industry as a profession
     • Individuals working in our profession to understand the
       KSAs, education and experience required for jobs within our
     • All individuals to understand advancement opportunities
       within their industry sector and what transferrable skills they
       possess that allow them to cross sectors
     NAWDP Pathways Initiative
       Development Process
• http://thecenter-

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