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Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care (CYCP) Cambrian College




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Course info


Graduate from Cambrian's Child and Youth Care program in two years. Our nationally-accredited program offers a condensed delivery format and provides you with the knowledge and placement experiences you need to launch your career.

Through theory and lab courses and two block fieldwork semesters, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to work with children, adolescents, and their families who are experiencing emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues in a variety of settings. These setting include mental health, correctional, educational, and child welfare agencies and services.

Courses emphasize the acquisition of evidence-based theories and interventions, ensuring you can effectively facilitate positive change for children, youth, and their families.

Shift work, which includes nights, days, afternoons, and weekends, is a reality in many child and youth care settings (e.g. residential care), and students are required to follow the work schedules and routines of their fieldwork placements.


Cambrian's Child and Youth Care program is nationally-accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board (CYCEAB)

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 6 consecutive semesters
  • 2 block placements (12 weeks each)
  • The first program to be nationally accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board (CYCEAB)
  • Condensed program with a combination of modular delivery and traditional classroom learning
  • Theory, labs, and fieldwork prepare you to deal with complex social, emotional, mental, and physical issues faced by children/adolescents and their families
  • Opportunities to earn additional certificates as part of existing course content

Delivery Format

This program is offered in a compressed delivery format. Students will complete two academic years of 10 months each (September to late June).

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Community agencies
  • Schools
  • Youth detention facilities
  • Children's Aid Societies
  • Mental health services
  • Residential care and treatment settings

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care (CYCP).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$15,276.00 (8,56,414) per year




Cambrian College

Barrydowne Campus,

1400 Barrydowne Road,


Ontario (ON),

P3A 3V8, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no band under 5.5), TOEFL 550 (paper based test)

80 (internet based test) and PTE (Pearson) 58.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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