Youth Care Worker

Does a career of working one-on-one with young people 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.

The two-year Youth Care Worker diploma program is offered through distance education. Qualified instructors will help you build on knowledge and skills developed in the Youth Care Worker certificate program. You’ll learn more about:

  • abnormal psychology
  • agency administration and community development
  • conflict resolution and small group facilitation
  • cultural diversity and family systems
  • individual assessment and development of case plans
  • sexual victimization
  • therapeutic intervention strategies and suicide prevention

You’ll participate in two extended work-based practicums. You’ll get hands-on experience implementing individual client programs, facilitating established agency programs, carrying out basic administrative functions and managing client education sessions. It’s an opportunity to build your professional skills while enhancing your own personal growth.

Graduates of the two-year diploma program are qualified for jobs as family support workers, group home staff, program coordinators or community outreach workers in a variety of educational, residential, social services or community-based agencies.

Use your Youth Care Worker diploma to transfer into third year of the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies at Lethbridge College in Alberta.

Career and salary information

Your career

As a graduate of the diploma program, you could work as a family support worker, group home staff, program coordinator or community outreach worker in a wide range of human service agencies. There are job opportunities in a wide range of settings—community-based child and youth programs, parent education and training, family support, school-based programs, residential treatment, recreation programs, therapeutic foster homes, child and youth advocacy, justice programs, AIDS education and support, life skills training and community development.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Potential careers

Sample job title NOC classification
Youth care worker Social & community service workers (42201)
Youth development co-ordinator Social & community service workers (42201)
Aboriginal outreach worker Social & community service workers (42201)
Youth program director Managers in social, community and correctional services (40030)

Part-time delivery

To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking the practicum (PRAC 189).

To register for individual courses, please view the part-time offerings available in the Courses section below.


Admission requirements


  • A security clearance, personal interview and/or a medical may be required for practicum or observation visits.
  • Admitted students are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search prior to entering required coursework and practicum with children, youth and adults. At the discretion of the agency, a student may be declined access to a practicum placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check, personal interview and/or medical assessment. A student must complete the practicum placements to graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is the student's responsibility.
  • Proof of current Standard First Aid and CPR 'C' or equivalent may be required prior to entry into a practicum.
  • Accepted international students require a co-op work permit to complete the practicum requirements for this program. This is mandatory. Students who do not have a co-op work permit will not be allowed to participate in their practicums. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they have the required documentation to study in Canada and a co-op work permit to complete the practicum requirements of this program.  

Alternative admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.


Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

See Certificate program


Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and fees

Varies by course


Get credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Institution Agreement details
Athabasca University Graduates of this program may be granted 60 credit units toward Bachelor of Professional Arts-Human Services (BPA-HRSV).
Lethbridge College Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer, with a min GPA of 2.0, into the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies. Students must complete Criminology-CJP 2278 prior to entering third year of the BAAJS program.

Mental Health and Addictions Counselling

Justice Studies

Additional information