About the exam

The certification exam is an entrance requirement for the certification process offered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board. It is a situational judgment-based exam derived from case examples across a variety of practice settings. It is a research-based assessment instrument which has received ongoing analysis to promote reliability and validity.

Download the history and development of the certification exam (264 kb pdf).

Based on a developmental and ecological conceptual framework, the exam serves as an assessment of the ability to integrate theory with practice and is focused on the application of concepts rather than memorization of information.

The exam includes seventy-five multiple choice questions. During the exam candidates read a number of brief scenarios and respond to a questions specific to each scenario. For those completing the exam online, the pass or fail score is displayed at the conclusion of the exam. Candidates may reschedule and retake the exam if they do not receive a passing score.

A helpful way to prepare for the exam is to review the competencies and code of ethics. Coursework or a review course in child and youth care may also be appropriate if additional support is needed.

The following scenario and questions are representative of the style of the exam:

A group of pre-teens has been working together for about two months. A number of them have begun to establish connections with each other as they have had the opportunity to get know each other better. In particular, you have noticed that group rules and established roles are beginning to emerge from among the members of the group and that you don’t have to rely as much on external rules. One afternoon you are working closely with a subset of the larger group. Each person in this group had a chore they were responsible. As the others in the group are finishing their chores, you notice that one is behind in completing her task. When you take a closer look you realize she is attempting to complete her responsibility, but lacks the skills to do so. The next activity begins in ten minutes and it appears that she will be not be able to finish in time to attend.

What stage of development is this group currently experiencing?
A. Forming
B. Storming
C. Norming
D. Performing

Which immediate response would likely best support the optimal development of the youth in this situation?
A. Ask youth to complete different chore while you complete her original task
B. Join in the chore alongside youth to model how to complete the task and allow her to be late to the activity
C. Swap chores between two youth
D. Let the youth complete the chore on her own without interrupting and then redo the task yourself at a later time

Answers: C, B