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Youth Care Worker - Certificate

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
35 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
On campus
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Youth Care Worker - Certificate

Does a career of working one-on-one with youth and families interest you? Check out the Youth Care Worker program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. You’ll find two options: the one-year certificate or the two-year diploma. Whichever you choose, you’ll need a steady personality, strong listening skills, compassion and respect for others.

Graduates of the one-year certificate program are qualified for jobs as youth or family service workers in educational, residential, social services or community-based agencies.

The one-year Youth Care Worker certificate program is offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus only, and part time through distance education. Qualified instructors with experience in the field will help you develop the skills you need to build therapeutic relationships with children, youth and families. Your studies will focus on:

  • Indigenous awareness;
  • addictions and the criminal justice system;
  • behavioural intervention strategies and therapeutic activities;
  • communication, employability and problem-solving skills;
  • crisis prevention/self-protection strategies;
  • health & wellness, human growth and development; and
  • planning and implementing activities.

Practical, Real-World Learning

The program combines classroom theory with practical learning. You’ll learn from guest speakers and participate in experiential activities. Two work-based practicums give you an opportunity to work directly with children and youth at risk on a day-to-day basis. You’ll apply core concepts learned in class, develop your skills and engage in the design and delivery of programs.

Admission requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Employability Skills
  • Health Promotion in Youth Care
  • Behaviour Supports in Youth Care
  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Crisis Intervention
  • Sociology A
  • Youth Care Practices 1
  • Family Systems

Semester 2

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Practicum 1
  • Program Planning
  • Sociology B
  • Therapeutic Activities
  • Indigenous Awareness
  • Addictions

Semester 3

  • Practicum 2

Semester 4

  • Practicum 2

Program delivery

Length and Start Date

  • Start Date(s): September (full-time Saskatoon Campus delivery)
  • Length: 35 weeks


The Tuition fees for 2021/22 Academic Year: $7,770

Please visit the website for more information about tuition fees.

Career paths

When you graduate, look for positions as a youth worker, family support worker, group home staff, community outreach worker or classroom assistant. There are job opportunities in community-based child and youth programs, school-based programs, residential treatment centres, recreation programs, home-based care, child and youth advocacy, and community development.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

1130 Idylwyld Dr.
S7K 3R5 Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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