Frequently Asked Questions
to many of your questions can be found in the following section. If you have questions
or need additional information please contact YouthPRO at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 317-259-9491.
is the IYD-Indiana Youth Development Credential?
is the difference between a Credential and a Certificate?
could work on earning an IYD Credential?
are the requirements for an IYD Credential?
or where can a person get the required training?
already have some classes in some competency areas. do have to start over?
is the self assessment, and what do I need to do to complete it?
long does it take to earn the credential?
our center is working on accreditation, would the IYD be considered as a substitute
for the CDA?
is a Portfolio/Resource File?
is the Assessment Team Meeting, and how does that work?
read there was a need for an Advisor. What is their role and how do I find one?
are the qualifications of an IYD Advisor?
is the role of the Independent Reviewer?
is recruiting done to locate and train the Independent Reviewers?
know that YouthPRO appoints an Independent Reviewer to observe and conduct the
final team assessment meeting. What are the qualifications for the Reviewer?
would be the incentive to be an Independent Reviewer?
much time is involved in the Reviewer role?
why should I work on this credential? What's in it for me?
What is the Indiana Youth Development (IYD) Credential?
Credential was created as a professional development option for people who work
with school-age children and youth. Like the Child Development Associate (CDA)
Credential, it is awarded after a person has some experience, has taken some prescribed
training and is able to demonstrate competence in working with children and youth.
The IYD Credential was created by the Indiana School-Age Consortium (ISAC) working
with a broad-based group from across Indiana. In January of 2007, ISAC became
Indiana YouthPRO Association (YouthPRO).
What is the difference between a Credential and a Certificate?
Certificate is a document certifying that an individual has met specified requirements,
such as successfully passing a CPR or First Aide class. A Credential is a document
that shows an individual has a right to exercise a certain position or authority
based on proven skills and knowledge. Some organizations use these terms interchangeably,
the IYD is a Credential.
Who could work on earning an IYD Credential?
An IYD can be earned
by anyone who works in a program that serves children 5 to 18, has a High School
Diploma or GED, and has worked 480 hours in the field during the past 5 years.
Experience can be as a teacher's aide, youth worker, after-school staff, scout
leader, athletic/recreation coach, camp counselor, or any similar capacity working
with youth. If you currently hold or are close to completing an Associate, Bachelor
or Master degree with at least 12 credits in Youth Development or a related field,
you may be able to earn an IYD Credential with little additional work.
What are the requirements for an IYD Credential?
are two different paths for earning an IYD Credential:
Process for an IYD requires that a person have:
1. At least a High School
Diploma or GED
2. 480 hours of experience working with children/youth.
Completed approximately 180 hours of classes/training that cover Youth Development,
Families and Communities, Program Environment, Program Content and Professionalism
(this is approximately 12 college credits).
4. Been observed and approved
by an Advisor and Independent Reviewer selected by the Indiana YouthPRO Association.
5. Is a member of Indiana YouthPRO Association (YouthPRO).
Process for an IYD requires that a person have:
1. Education - an Associate,
Bachelor, or Master Degree with a minimum of 12 credits in Youth Development or
a related field; or
plus 180 hours of non-credit training and/or experience in Youth Development within
the past 3 years that relate to the Core Competencies; or
plus 20 Continuing Education Hours (CEH or CEU) earned during the past 3 years
that relate to the Core Competencies.
At least 480 hours as an employee, volunteer or intern in an organized program
environment that serves children or youth aged 5 to 18 within the past 5 years.
3. Is a member of Indiana YouthPRO Association (YouthPRO).
How or where can a person get the required training?
can identify the classes (or develop/tailor classes) that cover the areas outlined
in the IYD Core Competencies. Some noncredit training (up to 45 hours) may be
approved to count toward the training requirements. Training provided by the YMCA,
Boys and Girls Club, Head Start, IAEYC are just a few of the places where noncredit
training may be earned.
I already have some classes in some competency areas. Do I have to start over?
not, as long as the course covers the IYD Core Competencies and Competency Criteria.
You will need to submit copies of your transcript along with an IYD Self-Assessment which will be reviewed to determine if the course work covers the Competencies.
What is the self assessment, and what do I need to do to complete it?
The IYD Self-Assessment provides space for the Candidate to document education
and training experience and determine what if any additional coursework or training
is needed. Reviewing the IYD Core Competencies and Directions for Using
the Self-Assessment Tool can help in understanding and completing the IYD
Self-Assessment. These forms are available on the website or by contacting
the YouthPRO office. Please note there are two ways to meet the criteria for an
IYD and separate forms for each process.
completed IYD Self-Assessment Tool along with copies of your College transcript(s),
training certificates/records, grade reports or other documentation must be forwarded
to the YouthPRO office to support the use of for-credit and not-for-credit training
towards the IYD Credential requirements.
you have completed the IYD Self-Assessment it will be reviewed by the YouthPRO
office and you will receive information about any additional requirements you
must meet to earn an IYD Credential. Help in filling out the IYD Self-Assessment
Tool is available by contacting the IYD Coordinator at the YouthPRO office
(317-259-9491 or by e-mail email@example.com)
or you can ask your college instructor, your program director or other supportive
How long does it take to earn the credential?
That depends on the
Candidates past experience and education and which process is used - the Standard
Process or the Alternate Process.
Process - Candidates with little or no College Coursework it could take up to
18 months. For Candidates with completed course work it could take between 3 and
Process - Candidates who met all the requirements for the IYD and have documentation
to support the educations/knowledge/experience, the IYD can be earned in about
3 months. For Candidates with limited experience or in need of additional training
it can take about 6 months.
If our center is working on accreditation, would the IYD be considered as a substitute
for the CDA?
Unfortunately at this time - the answer is no. We are
hoping to eventually build the relationship with various accrediting organizations
to earn recognition for this Credential.
What is a Portfolio/Resource File?
The Portfolio/Resource File include additional documents and information that a Candidate must complete prior
to applying for an Assessment visit, there are different documentation requirements
for the Standard and Alternate Process.
Process: The Portfolio documents personal and professional information and
provides statements about on-the-job application/practices related to the IYD
Credential Competency Standards. If you are taking the IYD Process Class from
Ivy Technical College, the Portfolio will be discussed as part of the course content.
If you do not take the class and/or need additional assistance please contact
your Advisor or the YouthPRO office. The portfolio will be reviewed by the Independent
Reviewer as part of the final evaluation steps. The Candidate's Checklist -
Preparing for Assessment-Standard Process provides more detail on the requirements
and content of the Portfolio/Resource File.
Process: The Portfolio will contain a sample of documents and a brief essay
along with documentation of training and education. The Candidate's Checklist
- Preparing for Assessment-Alternate Process provides more detail on the requirements
and content of the Portfolio/Resource file.
What is the Assessment Team Meeting, and how does that work?
The Assessment Team for those using the Standard Process includes the
Candidate, the Advisor, and the Independent Reviewer with all members having an
equal voice. Information and observations are reviewed regarding the Candidate's
competence and performance. The meetings are conducted following a standard format.
During this meeting the Candidate presents and explains the documentation contained
in the Portfolio and Resource File, answers questions from other
Team members, and as a group review the ways in which you have demonstrated competence.
Team for those using the Alternate Process includes the Candidate and
the Independent Reviewer. Each member has an equal voice in the process and shares
information and observations on the Candidate's competence and performance. The
meetings are conducted following a standard format. During this meeting the Candidate
presents and explains the documentation and together review how you have demonstrated
I read there was a need for an Advisor. What is their role and how do I find one?
An Advisor is required for individuals using the Standard Process to
earn an IYD. The Advisor works with a Candidate over a period of at least
4 weeks. The Advisor observes the Candidate at least two times assessing
current competency in each functional area, recording observations and giving
the Candidate recommendations for growth. In addition, he/she advises the Candidate
about preparation of the Portfolio and Resource File, reviews the
Candidate's Portfolio and Resource File, and attends the final Assessment
an individual meets the qualifications of the IYD Advisor as outlined below,
the Candidate may recruit that person. Typically, the instructor for the IYD Process
Class at Ivy Technical Community College fulfills this role. (A more comprehensive
description is found on the Advisor Eligibility Requirements.)
What are the qualifications of an IYD Advisor?
(**Advisor is required
for Candidates pursuing the IYD using the Standard Process only!)
about the IYD Credential requirements, standards and policies for quality programs
for children and youth; familiar with the program where the Candidate will be
observed and the needs of children and families in that community.
or advanced degree in child or youth development, youth agency administration,
recreation, home economics, physical education, elementary education, special
education, social work or other related field from an accredited college; OR an
Associate degree in a related field; OR Successful completion of the Indiana Youth
Development Credential, plus a minimum of five years experience; OR A combination
of education and experience which provides professional knowledge comparable to
that normally acquired through the successful completion of a four-year course
of study, plus experience.
of two years of experience in a children's or youth program including: One year
working directly with children in the same age range as the children in the Candidate's
program as a staff, teacher, family child care provider, social worker or similar
role; and One year of responsibility for the professional growth of another adult
What is the role of the Independent Reviewer?
This person serves
as the representative of YouthPRO and the school-age care/youth development profession.
He/She confirms arrangements for the Assessment visit, including the Assessment
Team Meeting, observes the Candidate, interviews the Candidate following the
observation, monitors the procedures of the Assessment Team meeting and verifies
that all procedures have been followed and submits completed documentation to
the YouthPRO office.
pays a per diem and travel stipend to the Independent Reviewer to fulfill
this vital role in the Assessment process.
How is recruiting done to locate and train the Independent Reviewers?
is usually done by YouthPRO person-to-person, letter and/or announcements at other
meetings, etc. Training is provided by YouthPRO .
I know that YouthPRO appoints an Independent Reviewer to observe and conduct the final team assessment
meeting. What are the qualifications for the Reviewer?
written, oral, and interpersonal skills; membership in a professional organization;
knowledge of the Indiana Youth Development Credential Competency Standards, Credentialing
process and the National AfterSchool Association (formerly NSACA-National School-Age
Care Alliance) Standards and Accreditation. (knowledge prior to training desirable);
successful completion of the Indiana Youth Development Credential Independent
Reviewer Training; finally excellent professional references
related to child or youth development such as Bachelor's degree or Associates
degree or successful completion of the Indiana Youth Development Credential.
with school-age children or adolescents; supervise and/or teach staff working
with school-age children/youth: recent experience preferred; working with diverse
populations. Experience obtained within the past 5 years.
What would be the incentive to be an Independent Reviewer?
professionalism and to engage in an expanded professional role are major incentives.
In addition, YouthPRO pays travel expenses and $175 honorarium.
How much time is involved in the Reviewer role?
12 hours (not counting travel and accommodations, if out of town)
candidate and preparing for visit: from 1-3 hrs
and interviewing candidate: from 3-5 hrs
report and preparing for Assessment Team Meeting: approximately 3 hrs
Assessment Team Meeting: approximately 3 hrs
documentation and submitting packet: approximately 1 hr
So why should I work on this credential? What's in it for me?
question! People who have earned the Credential have said that they are more confident
in their professional abilities to work as administrators, and work with children
and youth. One IYD recipient stated "It has given me the opportunity to become
more professional and more confident in myself." Recipients feel personally
renewed and reinvigorated by the increase in competency and effectiveness.
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