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Educating and Qualifying Accredited Youth Workers in Korea

Educating and Qualifying Accredited Youth Workers in Korea

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Educating and Qualifying Accredited YouthWorkers in Korea
Park, Young-Kyoon (National Youth Policy Institute)
Introduction
The system of educating and qualifying Accredited Youth Workers wasofficially initiated along with the legislation of 
Youth Basic Law
in 1992.The purpose of the system is to raise quality youth workers on the nationallevel, to address diverse problems of children and youth in this rapidlychanging society. National Certificates are issued to those who pass thewritten test, interview, and finished training courses successfully.
Summary of Development History
In 1988, Seoul Summer Olympic Games were successfully held inSeoul, Korea.
In 1991, Korea Youth Basic Plan was established.
The Youth Basic Law (YBL) was enacted in 1992.
For the first time in our land, educating and certifying AccreditedYouth Worker (AYW) initiated in 1993.
And in the year of 1999, the Youth Basic Law was revised and newsystem of cultivating Accredited Youth Workers was introduced.
The Current System
The Qualifying exam and training are carried out once a year uponthe consignment of the Minister of Health, Welfare, and FamilyAffairs. And the national certificate of accredited youth worker isofficially certified by the Minister. AYWs are the professional
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leaders who teach and lead the children and youth in the fields of youth activity, youth welfare, and youth protection programs. Andsuch programs are being developed nationally and provided to thefacilities and activity fields.
Accredited Youth Worker 
Definition: Accredited Youth Worker (AYW) is the one who passedthe qualifying exam and finished the training courses successfully ata designated institute (Article 21 of 
YBL
).
Role: They work for youth activity, for welfare, or protection of youth from harm at a youth training facility or youth organization.
Certificates and Tests
Types of Certificates: There are three classes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) of national certificates according to the
Youth Basic Law
(Clause 4 of Article 21,
YBL
)
Written Test
1st Grade Certificate
Methodology of youth research, Youth right and participation,Youth policy, Administration of youth organization, Theory onyouth leader 
2nd Grade Certificate
Youth fostering system, Coaching methodology for youth,Psychology of youth and counseling, Youth culture, Youthactivity, Youth welfare, Program development and evaluation,Youth problems and protection
3rd Grade Certificate
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Youth fostering system, Coaching methodology for youth,Psychology of youth and counseling, Youth culture, Youthactivity, Program development and evaluation, Youth problemsand protection
Interview
Interviews are executed to the applicants applying for the 1st and2nd grade certificates only
Interviews are focused on the applicants’ value, attitude, etiquette,diligence, creativity, communication skills, knowledge on young people, and will power, etc., as a promising youth worker 
Qualification for Application
Minimum qualification to apply for the exam are different accordingto the applying grade
1st grade certificate: 3 yrs of work experience in appropriatefield with the 2nd grade certificate
2nd grade certificate: Finished every course defined by the lawas his/her major subjects at a 4-yr college or university
3rd grade certificate: Finished every course defined by the lawas his/her major subjects at a 2-yr college
Statistical Figures
The number of current youth workers is 17,553 (Ministry of Health,Welfare, and Family Affairs, 2008).
1st grade certificate holder: 1,293
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