Child and Youth Worker - 620A

Mohawk College Certificate
Learn to assist in facilitating change in children, youth and their families to develop alternative behaviours and strategies which re-establish personal growth.

Program Highlights

  • On-the-job-training.
  • Over 1,000 field placement and sponsorship hours to prepare yourself for your career.
  • Apprenticeship program.

What you'll learn

  • How to assist in facilitating change in children, youth and their families to develop alternative behaviours, which re-establish personal growth.
  • Implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies for children, youth and their families.

Note: Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter clinical placement. A certificate of 'Police Clearance' and/or 'Consent to Disclosure' may be requested by the clinical placement agency.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is also offered to senior secondary students with the in-school portion at Mohawk College, plus a co-op education work placement with an employer as an apprentice. OYAP students may choose to continue in the Child and Youth Worker Apprenticeship program after participating in OYAP.

Program length and format

Thinking about an apprenticeship program? Learn how it works.
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Apprenticeship Community 4 Levels

Accessible description of the apprenticeship program format

Start: Find an employer or sponsor for your training. 

Register: Register with Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU)

Level 1: Complete the on the job and in-school requirements.

Level 2: Complete the on the job and in-school requirements.

Level 3: Complete the on the job and in-school requirements.

Level 4: Complete the on the job and in-school requirements.

Completion: Become a Journeyperson by successfully completing the certificate of qualification (C of Q) Exam. 


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Fall 2020 program delivery

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  • OSSD or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Students must have an identified sponsor to register i.e. Community Service Agency
  • Apprentices must first register with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development prior to enrolment in the Child and Youth Worker Apprenticeship Program. Call 1-800-668-4479 or visit the Ministry of Education.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. It is administered in Ontario by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Learn more about Apprenticeships.

How to Become an Apprentice?

There are four ways of entering a skilled trade in Ontario.

  1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in your preferred trade
  2. Enter a Pre-Apprenticeship Training program
  3. Complete a college diploma that relates to your preferred trade
  4. Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Read more about how to become an apprentice.

Payment and Registration

Discover which method works best for you:

  1. Web Registration
  2. In-Person Payment “AND” Registration
  3. Employer Sponsorship

Visit Payment and Registration to learn about your payment options, as well as the Refund Policy.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Field placements with a wide variety of age groups (6- to 21-year-olds) in agencies that employ Child and Youth Workers.
  • Agency visits/field trips to explore different opportunities for future employment.
  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 


Field Placement

For more information regarding the 1483 hour unpaid Child and Youth Worker field placement, please contact the field placement specialist.



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Child and Youth Counsellor
  • Youth Support Worker

Where you could work includes:

  • Mental Health Centres
  • Education Services
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Youth Criminal Justice Services

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Tracey Richardson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2019

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