**Please Note: 2017 Fall Classes for the Aboriginal Youth Care program are postponed until further notice. 

Program Description

In this 11-month certificate program, learners prepare for a rewarding career as an Indigenous Youth Care worker who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families. This program is designed with Indigenous content to help learners enhance their understanding of cultural practices, traditions, and history. After completing the two terms, students apply their skills and knowledge in their practicum placement at a service agency.  

This program is delivered in partnership with Douglas College. Students complete 4 courses at Douglas College and 7 courses at NEC.  

Contact our Student Advisor for more information.

Program Summary


11 Months


September to July


36 Credits






Mon-Fri, Day & Evening courses


4 weeks


NEC’s Family & Community Counselling Diploma

University Transfer

This certificate program is transferrable to NEC’s Family & Community Counselling Diploma program and students are encouraged to apply to Douglas College’s Child and Youth Care Degree program.

Career Path

Our graduates find jobs with different employers including child and youth service agencies, non-profit agencies, and First Nation communities. Positions may include:

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Youth Transition Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Youth Care Counsellors
  • Youth Program Facilitator

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 with a C+ or higher in English 12; OR success completion of written assessment test with a 64% (C+ or higher)
  • Two reference letters
  • One page essay explaining interest in AYC
  • Minimum of two years in sobriety
  • Application and acceptance to Douglas College’s Aboriginal Stream (via NEC Admissions)
  • CRC by the BC Criminal Record Review Program
  • Interview with Program Manager

Course Schedule

Term 1 - September

Course Code

Course Name 


AYC 110

Lifespan Development

FCC 105 Basic Counselling Skills  
ENG 110 Introduction to College Writing  

CFCS 1142

Introduction to Aboriginal Child and Youth Care
(Douglas College)


CFCS 2332

Strengthening Family Spirit (Douglas College)



Term 2 - January

Course Code

Course Name 


FCC 115

Interpersonal Communication


PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology


PSY 120

Cultural Health Practices


CFCS 2212

Transforming Legislation and Policies (Douglas College)


CFCS 1112

Working in Communities (Douglas College)



Term 3 - April

Course Code

Course Name


AYC 150

AYC Practicum



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Total Cost



For more information, pleasse contact:
Admissions Department
604.873.3772 Ext. 328