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body or mind



Social Services

Boss or Team



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Math & Science


Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years, Shorter Study


Busy Environment

Auxiliary Child & Youth Care Worker

As an Auxiliary Child and Youth Care Worker, you’ll assist young people as individuals or groups to solve social, emotional, developmental, behavioural and financial problems in an agency framework. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

There are a number of qualifications that you can study for in order to have a career as a Child and Youth Care Worker (CYCW).

These depend on your level of schooling qualifications and how long you want to study for. Of course, you can continue to study, and achieve more qualifications throughout your career.

There are various levels of qualifications in this field.  The career path is as follows: 

  1. Learner CYCW – 10 years of school
  2. Auxiliary CYCW – Further Education Training Certificate (FETC)
  3. Child & Health Care worker – Degree
  4. Specialist CYCW – Masters or PhD degrees

CYCW Career Path

Level of Schooling & School Subjects to achieve the qualification of Auxiliary Child and Youth Care work:

  • Grade 9 to access FETC in Child and Youth Care Work 


You will have to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) in order to legally practise professionally in this field of social work. 

Further Information

National Association of Child Care workers

Educational Institutions offering FETC qualifications in Auxiliary Child and Youth Care work:

Candiz Training Academy:


Empirical Academy:

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