Michigan YDA Certificate and Credential Program

The Michigan Youth Development Associate Credential is valid for 3 years from the date of issuance. The credential must be renewed within 60 days of the initial expiration date, and every 5 years thereafter. The date of issuance and the date of expiration are printed on the certificate.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be age 18 or older with a high school diploma or equivalent; OR
  • Must be enrolled as a junior or senior in a high school Career and Technical Education program in the Education & Training Career Cluster1.
  • Provide documentation of current first aid and Adult/Child CPR certification and blood-borne pathogen training (may not be included in the 120 hours of training required below).
  • Three hours of program observation must be completed and documented. The three hours must be completed in one of the following ways:
    • A single setting for three continuous hours.
    • Two settings of one and a half hours each either at the same program or at two different programs.
    • Three settings of one hour each either at the same program or at up to three different programs.
  • Complete and document 120 hours of training (within the past five years). At least ten hours of training must be in each of the ten content areas. You can have MORE than ten hours of training for each content area, but not less.
    • Content Area 1 - Child/Youth Growth and Development
    • Content Area 2 - Learning Environments and Curriculum
    • Content Area 3 - Child/Youth Observation and Assessment
    • Content Area 4 - Interactions with Children and Youth
    • Content Area 5 - Youth Engagement
    • Content Area 6 - Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
    • Content Area 7 - Family, School, and Community Relationships
    • Content Area 8 - Safety and Wellness
    • Content Area 9 - Program Planning and Development
    • Content Area 10 - Professional Development and Leadership

    Note: A maximum of 12 hours of training based on the Core Competencies that is conducted during staff meetings may be used.

  • Complete 480 hours of work/volunteer experience with youth in out-of-school time programs within the past five years.
  • Provide documentation of membership in the Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP) or the National AfterSchool Association (NAA).

1Career and Technical Education Administrator Manual, Michigan Department of Education, 2020. Section 4.