Entry-Level Program Staff Certificate

This entry-level program staff certificate course is specifically designed for people who are interested in working with young people in a camp, afterschool, summer enrichment programs, or other community-based youth settings but who lack experience. This online course is an intensive 15 hour course built around ACA's thirteen core competencies that results in a certificate of completion and 15 continuing education credits (CECs).

This course assumes that you have little to no experience working with youth in an organized program. Once you complete this course and gain experience by working in organized youth programs, you may want to consider enrolling in the ACA Experienced Program Staff Certificate.

The final component of the course, “Special Interest Experience,” is designed to provide options to focus on a topic of particular interest to the learner. For example, one might be interested in working with:

  • a specific clientele (i.e., youth with special needs),
  • a special setting (i.e., wilderness tripping),
  • or a specialized activity (i.e., ropes courses).

The learner then designs the learning experiences that allow exploration of the chosen interests. One could attend a special training or conference, complete online experiences, select additional readings, or create some other unique learning opportunities that meet the objectives for the experience. 

Learner Outcomes
At the end of this course, learners will have completed learning experiences that

  1. Augment their personal skills/knowledge sets
  2. Improve their abilities to offer quality experiences to the youth they serve
  3. Enhance their own professional development.

Many learners that complete this course may want to enroll in the Experienced Program Staff Certificate course. 

Entry-Level Program Staff Course Length: 15 hours
Entry-Level Program Staff Course Credits: 15.0 CEC

If interested in this Entry-Level Program Staff Certificate course, please review the following course overview and learner outcomes.

John Beitner, Ann Gillard, John Paul McNeal, Mary Rogers


Quantity Member Price per person Nonmember Price per person**
1 to 9*
$15/person (member) $30/person (non-member)
10 to 25**
$10/person (member) $20/person (non-member)
26 to 999**
$8/person (member) $15/person (non-member)

Be sure to indicate the quantity you intend to purchase before you complete your checkout. Note: You do not have to have detailed info for all your learners at the time of purchase. You can amend your list as necessary.

*Ordering 1 to 9? Purchase the Entry-Level Program Staff Certificate Course Online Now! Be sure to indicate quantity.

**Ordering more than 9? Call ACA, 800-428-2267 ext. 314 to place your order.

Presenter Bio(s)

John Beitner, Tumbleweed Day Camp

Ann Gillard, Springfield College

John Paul McNeal, Camp Broadstone

Mary Rogers, Sherwood Forest Camp Inc.