Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

Graduate from Cambrian's 3-year Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program in just 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 experiential lab courses, as well as two block fieldwork semesters, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with children, adolescents, and their families who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues in a variety of settings. These settings include mental health, out of home placement care, correctional, community, educational, and child welfare agencies/services.

Courses emphasize the acquisition of evidence-based theories and interventions, ensuring you can effectively facilitate positive change for at risk 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

  • Complete our 2-year accelerated program (6 consecutive semesters) and earn your 3-year Advanced Diploma in CYC

  • Two (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, behavioural, and mental health issues faced by children/adolescents and their families

  • Opportunities to earn additional certificates as part of existing course content


Students who meet the requirements, will have the opportunity to complete two (2) community placements (in Sudbury or your home community) throughout the program. Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred related to placement, such as Paramed consultation, transportation, meals and accommodations.

Agencies will require students to have additional medical and non-medical documents prior to the completion of any community based placement.  Paramed will be responsible for the coordination of the required documentation in consultation with the students.

Required documentation* includes:

  • Criminal Records Check - Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Health documentation (up-to-date immunization, Two-step TB test, freedom for communicable disease)
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Field certifications - Bill 18 requirements

* note: documentation is required prior to placement in Semesters 3 and 6 of the program

Delivery Format

This program is offered in a compressed delivery format. Students will earn their advanced 3-year diploma by completing two academic years of 10 months each (September to late June).

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

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Additional Requirements

Prior to commencing placement (Semesters 3 and 6 only), all students must have current:

  • First Aid Certificate

  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check 

Additional Information

Advanced standing may be granted on an individual basis to a limited number of students, based on prior credentials and prior learning in the field. 


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Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. Semester 1 Fall 2024
  2. Semester 2 Winter 2025
  3. Semester 3 Spring 2025
  4. Semester 4 Fall 2025
  5. Semester 5 Winter 2026
  6. Semester 6 Spring 2026

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CCW 1040 Group Process & Pers. Devel. 3
CCW 1110 Fundamentals of Child & Youth Care 3
CCW 1121 Child and Adolescent Development 4
CCW 1221 Intro to Mental Health Care 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 2
CCW 1000 Therapeutic Play 4
CCW 1240 Counselling and Interviewing I 3
CCW 1250 Behaviour Management Skills 3
CCW 2431 Neglect & Abuse 3
CCW 1013 Field Placement Seminar I 1
PSY 1003 Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions 3
Semester 3
CCW 1011 Field Placement I 15
Semester 4
CCW 1006 Behaviour Programming 3
CCW 1225 Child Law and Legislation 3
CCW 3520 Family Intervention 3
CCW 1009 Field Placement Seminar II 1
ENG 1242 Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I 3
Two General Education courses. 1 6
Semester 5
CCW 1012 Field Placement II 15
Semester 6
CCW 1007 CYC In The Education Sector 3
CCW 1010 Rights and Advocacy 3
CCW 3040 Counselling and Interviewing II 3
CCW 3500 Trauma and Trends in CYC 4
CCW 1191 Supporting Special Populations in CYC 4
 Total Credits105

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $750. The cost of books and supplies will be less in the second year. Student membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Practitioners ($45 approximately) is highly recommended. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Community agencies

  • Schools

  • Youth detention facilities

  • Children's Aid Societies

  • Mental health services (community and hospital)

  • Out of home placement organizations 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.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.