Individuals who are assigned to perform the direct care responsibilities related to activities of daily living, self-help, and socialization skills in a residential child care program licensed by the Department of Health and Human Resources, Department of Juvenile Services or the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are required to become certified.
To qualify for a certificate as a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner, an individual shall meet the following requirements. The individual shall submit to the State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals:
All applicants must go to a LiveScan Fingerprints Provider to have an official criminal history records check completed. Applicants must use the authorization code provided by the Board so that the Board receives the report directly from the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and Central Repository of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The Board will only accept reports from CJIS, not from the applicant.
All applicants must submit a Child Protective Services background clearance by completing the Consent for Release of Information/Background Clearance Request form and submitting it to the Local DHR/Social Services office in the jurisdiction where you reside. Applicants must also request this clearance from each state he/she has resided in the past 10 years.
A study guide will be available in early Winter of 2015. There is no cost to receive the study guide. It will be available on the State Board website.
The certification process will begin in the Summer of 2014 for all individuals who will be “grandfathered”. The certification process for all other individuals will begin in early 2015. Certification information will be available on the State Board website.
It means that you have worked as a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner in the State of Maryland for at least two consecutive years. You will not be required to participate in a training program or take the Standards Examination to receive your certification.
In order to obtain a certificate as a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner, the individual shall Submit to the Board:
Initial Certification for Individuals Who Take A Board Approved RCYCP Training ProgramAnd/or Standards Examination
An individual that is employed in the State of Maryland as a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner as of October 1, 2015 and has not worked in this role for at least two consecutive years and does not have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to participate in a Board Approved RCYCP Training Program.
The following qualify as Board Approved RCYCP Training Program:
Effective October 1, 2015, all employees have 180 days from date of hire to become certified as aResidential Child and Youth Care Practitioner. New hires without a college degree shall determinewith their employer if they will take a Private Provider training or the Online RCYCP Training Program.
The individual should submit the following to the State Board:
Upon receipt of complete information, the individual will be approved by the State to take the Standards Examination and will be provided with further instructions on test dates and locations.
The individual shall submit the following to the State Board:
The individual can begin the Online RCYCP Training Program at any point once it becomes available on the Institute for Innovations and Implementation website. Upon completion of the training program, the individual should forward the Certificate of Completion to the Board. Upon receipt of complete information, the individual will be approved by the State Board to take the Standards Examination and will be provided with further instructions on test dates and locations.
Once you are hired, you can begin to take the training that your agency offers.
If you have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree you are not required to participate in a training program. Individuals shall submit the following to the State Board:
Upon receipt of complete information, the individual will be approved by the State Board to take the Standards Examination. Further instructions on test dates and locations will be provided upon approval of application.
There is no cost to you to take the Online training and exam. There is only a cost to apply for certification and re-certification.
No, your training may be completed by a Private Provider who has a Board approved RCYCP training program.
Once all required documents are received, the application shall be processed.
No, there is no cost for the study guide.
No (Article§20-301-(b) (i) (ii) Health Occupations).
The passing score must be 75%.
The Standards Exam will be offered monthly. The individual may take the exam as often as necessary; however, must pass the exam within 180 days of hire.
The State Board will mail certificates within 30 days after receipt of a passing score.
Your application will be administratively closed. If your application is closed you will have to reapply by sending in a new application and fee.
Your certification does not impact COMAR requirements. You are still required to complete 20 hours of continuing education units. (COMAR 10.57.03.10)
The certificate issued by the State Board is valid for two years.
Yes, you will be unable to work unsupervised with children until you receive your certification.
The cost for initial certification is $50.00
The certified practitioner shall request a duplicate certificate and pay a cost of $35.00 to the State Board.
The training program shall consist of 20 contact hours. A guide will be available on the State Board website with content requirements.
The State Board Subcommittee will review applications and make recommendations to the Board for approval. Applications that meet all required core competencies will be approved.
Applications should be received 30 days prior to the schedule review date. Review dates will be posted on the State Board’s website.
The provider will be informed of the deficiencies that need to be addressed. The provider may request to attend a meeting with the Subcommittee for clarification.
A certified Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner (“CRCYCP”) must renew their certificate every 2 years. (COMAR 10.57.03.09)
In order to qualify for renewal. CRCCYPs must return the following documentation to State Board:
At least 3 months prior to the expiration of your certificate, the State Board will send you a renewal notice by email or by first class mail to your address of record.
You may renew your certificate upon receipt of your renewal package.
RCYCPs are required to complete 20 CEUs within the 2-year period prior to their renewal date of their certification. Continuing Education is meant to be training obtained above the minimum annual training requirements in COMAR 14.31.06 (F). Continuing Education may include academic coursework, workshops, seminars, etc. The State Board will accept a maximum of 5 CEU credits per renewal cycle in the content area of behavioral intervention trainings listed on the Governor’s Office for Children website.
Information regarding the approval of continuing education courses can be found on the Board’s website at www.dhmh.maryland.gov/crccp
The Board may not consider an application completed until it has received all required materials. COMAR 10.57.03.01 (C). If you do not have the required Continuing Education Unit hours you should contact the State Board immediately.
Yes, the State Board conducts a random audit to assure compliance with continuing education requirements for renewal. RCYCPs must provide documentation validating attendance at each program listed. Examples of documentation may include: certificates of completion, letters of attendance, transcripts for academic courses, reprints of publications or papers, copies of presentations, etc.
The Board shall reinstate the certificate of a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner who has failed to renew the certificate for any reason, if the individual:
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